|The Farmstead Inn, Shipshewana, Indiana|
|Yoder's Department Store, Shipshewana, Indiana|
|The Blue Gate Restaurant, Shipshewana, Indiana|
The pop-corn chicken salad and meatloaf are my favourites and I am slowly working my way through the list of pies!
I stay with a very good friend, Theresa, in Indianapolis, who drives me everywhere, so I can get my annual "fix" of fabrics and quilts. It was Theresa who persuaded me to come to the retreat and each year she has been very gracious to let me come back and stay, plus arrange some very special events for me - more about which in another post.
I flew from London to Washington DC with a very heavy cold which made for an uncomfortable take-off and landing. Amazingly for mid- November I arrived at 8.05pm to temperatures in the mid-70's - I was not prepared as I waited at border control in a thick coat and scarf which soon had to be discarded! I stayed overnight in Arlington, Va close to National Airport as I had two flights to Indianapolis via Detroit the next morning.
On awaking I was greeted with this view of the late autumn tree colours:-
|Autumn tree colours|
So, as soon as I was off the 'plane in Indianapolis we were on our way to Backdoor Quilts in Greenwood on the southside of Indianapolis. We judged that we would have about an hour before the shop closed and arrived to discover that they didn't shut until 9.00pm - 5 whole hours to shop!! Now for some strange reason I don't have a photograph, so please follow the link. I always enjoy this shop it has a very good collection of reproduction fabrics plus batiks and they have some lovely displays of their patterns and kits which are always very tempting! Of course I had to buy fabric and my points (yes, I even have a store points card) are slowly on the increase - maybe in 5 or 6 years time I will have enough points for a free yard of fabric!!
The next day we journeyed to Shipshewana. On the way up, we usually drop off at a couple of quilty venues, including the Quilter's Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana, but this year it was not to be as they now only open Thursdays - Saturdays and we travel up on the Wednesday returning on the Sunday. This was disappointing as I always enjoy seeing the exhibition of quilts of the current inductee, but it is understandable given the current economic climate as it must cost to keep the house open, warm and lit.
So instead we went directly to Caroline's Cottage in Rome City.
|Caroline's Cottage, Rome City, Indiana|
|In the kitchen of Caroline's Cottage|
|Another interior view of the store|