Bare Bones Landscaping Co.

I’m currently looking for a landscape company to design and install our patio garden. While I’d like a low-cost solution, this company looks a little too bare bones for my tastes. Heehee. On the serious side, the owners of the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford have a good sense of humor. This clever Halloween garden…

Axes & Red Doors

No matter how often I visit family and friends in Connecticut, I always find time to visit Collinsville for lunch at LaSalle’s Market & Deli and a stroll around the historic Collins Axe Company. The vibrant, barn red buildings of the former Axe Factory house an antique shop, a variety of artisans, and other small,…

Truck & Barn Doors

The owners of Flamig Farm in West Simsbury, Connecticut have a mighty good sense of humor. They’ve got a backward EGGS sign displayed on their roadside barn. To top it off, they’ve decorated the front lawn with a rusty blue truck and a trio of pumpkins artfully arranged near the truck’s front bumper. Ah, ya…

The Sound of Silence

When last in Connecticut, I was on the hunt for an interesting place to photograph. My sister suggested we visit Sub Edge Farm in Farmington, home to a small herd of long-haired cows. Having never seen a long-haired cow, I was game. When we approached the farm, for our good luck, a small group of…

Classic New England

A late autumn afternoon at the former Collins Axe Factory in Collinsville, Connecticut.    

Goodbye Autumn Leaves

“If months were marked by colors, November in New England would be colored gray.” -Madeline M. Kunin Goodbye warm, reds and golds of October. Hello cold, gray days of November. I’m back in New England for the Thanksgiving Holiday with my family. After a dreary, rainy morning we ventured out to Countryside Park in Avon,…

Ball & Socket Arts

On a recent visit to Connecticut, my sister suggested we explore the town of Cheshire in search of interesting doors. Along the way, we discovered a neglected factory with a series of red garage doors, broken windows, and a cracked cement driveway that once housed the Ball & Socket Manufacturing Company. Curiously, on the left-hand…

Saybrook Point Guest House Doors

Waterfront dining and interesting doors, my favorite recipe for a perfect afternoon. After a doctor’s appointment for my father in New Haven, we drove east along the Connecticut shore in search of waterside dining. As good fortune would have it, we happened across the Fresh Salt Restaurant at the Saybrook Inn & Spa. While the…

Garden Doors at the Pond House Café

Whenever I visit family in Connecticut, the Pond House Café in West Hartford tops my list of places to go for delicious food and inspirational seasonal gardens. Per tradition, after a tasty lunch in the Café with my parents, we strolled through the gardens to admire the summer blooms. Notice how doors and windows are…

A Charming Dose of Wellness

Who could imagine that these adorable brick cottages once housed the Ensign-Bickford Company fuse factory in Avon, Connecticut?  From the explosives industry to hypnosis and wellness offices, now that’s a peaceful transition. I was delighted to find Donna’s Headquarters and thought, that’s a place I wouldn’t mind writing my blog. I hope you enjoy seeing…

It’s All About Connection

A utilitarian bridge with a mottled gray patina provides a connection between offices and artist workshops that once housed the Ensign-Bickford Company fuse factory in Avon, Connecticut. On its own, the bridge appears rather neglected and unattractive. It’s the connection of the elements – the old stone building, the reflections in the pond, the lush…

When Autumn Comes to Town

No other season says change to me more than Autumn. Fall in Connecticut brings crisp cool mornings and comfortable days. The metamorphosis of the green landscape to vibrant shades of orange, red, and yellow and ultimately to browns and grays seems to happen quickly from one day to the next.

Gatehouse Doors at the Saville Dam

Last year I learned about the Saville Dam in a Thursday Doors post by Dan Antion in his blog, No Facilities. Despite many visits to the Barkhamsted Reservoir during my youth, I could not for the life of me remember ever seeing the upper gatehouse for the dam. When I headed back to Connecticut last week…

Barn Doors – Tulmeadow Farm

A favorite place of mine to go for gourmet, farm-fresh ice cream is Tulmeadow Farm tucked away along the back roads of West Simsbury, Connecticut. Without GPS or one of my family members to guide me, I’d be hard-pressed to find the place. Along with yummy ice cream, the farm has a nice variety of…

Autumn Foliage at Countryside Park

Every year when I visit my family in Connecticut, whether it be Spring, Summer, or Fall (forget Winter), one of our favorite places to stop when cruising the country roads of Connecticut is Countryside Park in Avon.  In the Spring and Summer, we picnic in the park and my father fishes in the small ponds. Fishing is…

The Doors of Rural Connecticut

One of our favorite past times when visiting my family in Connecticut is to cruise the back roads and explore the charming rural towns we encounter along the way. While I love seeing the New England style architecture and doors, I must admit, the primary reason for our adventures is to find new restaurants, as…

JNW’s Halloween Challenge: Skeleton – The Pond House Café

Last week I had the pleasure of spending time with family and friends in Connecticut. The fall foliage was in peak bloom and Halloween pumpkins and decorations were prominently displayed in front of homes and businesses. Fall is my favorite time of year to visit New England. Whenever I’m back home, I never miss an opportunity…

The Doors of Litchfield

The village greens, white colonial houses, and spired churches of the small towns of rural Connecticut exude vintage New England charm. About an hour from Hartford in the northwest corner of the state, the upscale town of Litchfield has become a favorite weekend getaway spot for those seeking peaceful downtime in the country. Please enjoy a peek at the doors…

Monday Window: Halloween Spirit in Collinsville

This fun house in Collinsville, CT has skeletons lurking by the windows. I wonder if the people who live here have skeletons in their closets. Just down the street from the “skeleton house,” a few more spooky Halloween decorations greet residents and visitors as they enter the neighborhood.   Have a Spooktacular Halloween! For Monday Window, a weekly blog event…