Rye, New Hampshire. What a dream...
I'll start by showing the house we stayed in (along with the rest of the wedding party our new friends):
My post on Friday said that I was going to New Hampshire and wished I could bring a bike. I got several comments and emails from blog readers recommending where to go in the area. One particular email was from a woman named Colette, (a reader who had not written me until now) that read: "I
? I put a bike on my 'wish list' and low and behold get TWO waiting right down the street from me in the middle of Rye, New Hampshire. Crazy!!! I'm still convinced Colette is an angel.
It was hard to leave (without stealing a dog) but we had to find the bikes so we hopped off the beach and landed right by Colette's street.
We found her house minutes later along a quiet neighborhood street...
*I'm so mad that I didn't take a picture but I was too busy trying to get the bikes that I forgot!! Although it might be best to keep it private. But just so you can get a visual picture it looked alot like this: (quaint and adorable)
We walked around back and saw the 2 bikes propped up inside but lo and behold, no one was home. We fished around for the key (where she said we would find it) but only found a few bugs. So, what did I do?
Why, I called her on her cell phone! This adventure wouldn't be over without a fight.
Hi Colette! It's Rachel from nestegg!! (never said that before) I'm at your house and we see the bikes but we can't get to them!!
To which she responded: Oh no! I'm so sorry!! Well, you can break the door down..? I don't care! Or find a cracked window and pry it open!!
Wow, I love this woman.
So as we are circling the house pushing doors and prying windows a neighbor stopped by "Ummm... may I help you?"
Thankfully our peacoats and big smiles convinced the neighbor that we were safe. But I couldn't help but daydream about WHAT IF a police officer pulls us aside for questioning:
"Maam, do you know the owner of this home?"
"Well, sort of sir. She reads my blog- nest egg... Her name is Colette...?? I dont know her last name."
After much illegal trespassing we ended up not being able to get the bikes but it was the thought (and adventure) that counted! Don't worry Colette, I'll be back next year for attempt #2. :)
We had to hurry back for the wedding festivities! So we took off down the road (on the marsh side this time) as I read:
Some leaves were on the brink of changing...
Then we went into Portsmouth...for some shopping and cruising.
Then I ran into a little store called Hoyt's which was none other than an OFFICE SUPPLY STORE. Could it be any more perfect? I love office supplies-!! And Hoyt! Had to take a pic.
And finally, the wedding:
the cute little church where the ceremony was held
Me and the best man (above, not below)
The lovely bride and groom! They danced to THIS SONG by the Avett Brothers... it was precious.
simple, beautiful flower arrangements