We’ve been out trippin’ for the last week, and I just downloaded (or uploaded, whichever it is) 491 photos into my computer! I will do you the supreme favor of not showing you all of them (have to save some for WILLARD), just a few, to catch you up on where we are and what we’ve been doing so far! You know what?  Taking pictures doubles the pleasure! I’ve had so much fun looking at them this morning!  MUSICA!

delicious-autumn Fall quote

It’s October, Girlfriends, rabbit-rabbit, big time. 



It’s been wonderful out here on the road.  We’ve driven across Massachusetts, up through Vermont to Lake Champlain, and now we’ve arrived in Meredith, New Hampshire ~ in two cars, with our friends Lowely and John.  Here are a few road photos so you can see a little bit of what happens in New England in the fall.

happinessScarecrows, cute ones, decorate roadsides . . .

apple trees in Vermont

And there are apple trees EVERYWHERE.  Aren’t they gorgeous?  I bet 300 of my pictures are of apples! I can’t help it. I think you can see why!

Vermont covered bridge

And of course, Vermont is famous for its covered bridges . . . which we brake for like crazy!

from inside a covered bridge

This one had windows inside, and this is the view.  Lowely and I are looking out this window and thinking how much we want to take a walk next to that river ~ so we pick a spot further down and ask the boys if they would meet us there with the cars.

The Fine Romance Van

And of course, they say yes . . . there goes Joe!

walking in vermont woods

So here we are, on our little woodsy path next to the river. That’s Lowely.

taking photos

She needs to get just the right shots so she can paint some of these scenes when she gets home.


We’re going to meet the guys on the other side of that bridge . . .

our walk

Here we are on the bridge with the lapping little stream running beneath us . . . 

patience is a virtueAnd there they are, in the ancient, classical pose of men waiting for women . . . how we love them!a picturelove the flags in Vermont

So off we go again, through hill and dale . . . and everywhere there are American flags flying . . . and trust me, although I haven’t put up pictures of us eating, don’t worry, we definitely ATE.

on the road in Vermont

There was just enough color to satisfy the soul, but much more to come for New Englanders!  This is just the beginning.  (Uh oh, we better catch up with their car, they’re getting ahead of us!)

following John and Lowely

John lived in Vermont when he was in college, so he knows all the best back roads . . .

No service!

But then I try to take a picture of it to Tweet on Twitter, but no service!


That’s okay I just save the pics for later . . . can you see the cows?  I am SUCH a barn person!

Myles Burkett Foster

All these country scenes make me think of paintings like this one.


More flags!  A good red tree over there too!



More flags, and of course, since this is Vermont, it’s “Bernie Sanders country!”

hydrangea, in Vermont

The last of the season hydrangeas are worth their weight in gold.  Picket fences too . . . Everything has been so clean, no trash on the sides of roads . . . beautifully kept.

May Day Bouquet

following john and lowely

We went to a graveyard to lay flowers on the grave of Lowely’s grandmother. . .very lovely, of course, quiet, blowy and chilly, wonderful.


following john and lowelyAnd then we’re off again . . . to Lowely’s grandmother’s house, to see where her mom grew up (the house has been made into a B & B) where we got to see this . . .

the Moon eclipse

The eclipse!  Ooooo, eerie and cold night, leaves blowing and this red moon! The last time we had a moon like this was in 1982, the year I moved to Martha’s Vineyard.  Perfect timing for a revisit!

The moon belongs to everyone artwork Susan Branch


Trees blew in front of it . . . I wished it was Halloween and this was our moon! All of us under this moon together! So lucky!

Lowely's grandmother's house

Lowely put us in the bedroom belonging to her grandparents . . . we had a fire.  Do not fear for us out here no matter what the weather, because wherever we’ve gone, we always seem to find a cozy fireplace!

leaf border


Here we are at the Shelburne Museum yesterday, which I will tell you more about later, but I just had to take a photo of this little pile of leaves blowing around the corner of one of the Museum houses.

Mill Falls at the Lake

And this is today! From the deck of our room here at the hotel in Meredith this morning, beautiful sky, but cold out there!

B r r r r ♥ 

From our Hotel room

Here’s another shot, looking down. We seem to be “lake hopping!”  This is Lake Winnipesaukee. When I get done here, we’re going out for a walk in the woods!


And, as you might imagine, when it comes to the new book, the fairy tale continues. I think the very last of your books went out yesterday and we already have 12 lovely five-star reviews on Amazon!!!!!! It’s really hard to believe. I know it’s you ~ and I can’t thank you enough!

The Fairy Tale Girl on Goodreads

Reviews are also starting to trickle in to Goodreads too ~ also wonderful comments, but a couple of readers girls eating applesmentioned  discomfort with having to read about the sad parts of my life. But I have to say, I’m not sure if I would have ever made it to this kind of happy if I hadn’t had that heartbreak too. It’s bringing yourself out of sadness that is the true accomplishment in anyone’s life (I think). And butterflies in loveit’s true life. It can’t all be candy canes and butterflies! But it’s YOUR reviews I’ve been loving. If you would like to read what our Girlfriends have been saying, just click on “comments” at the bottom of my last post and they are all there. Even on this trip, I’ve been reading them and telling my heart to “be still” every day. Not easy! Too good! Thank you all so much!


Writing about the back roads of England is one thing, writing about yourself is something very different!  I didn’t realize HOW different until it was too late!!! So thank you! XOXO 

michele morgan

And darling pictures are coming in too . . . this is our Girlfriend Michele Morgan and her new book . . . a fairy tale girl if I ever saw one!

The Fairy Tale Girl

And this one came from, you guessed it, a teacher Girlfriend of ours from Indiana named Lori Hibbard who wrote “to give the book an A+.”  I felt just like a kid with a really GOOD grade!

Susan Branch Studios Crew

Here are the girls we have to thank for the monumental job of getting your books to you . . . from left, that’s Sherie, then Kellee, Bonnie, Robin, and Sharon.  And they’re still smiling! 

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 


Here’s Kellee, who makes all the hard decisions! 

Girl Kitty

I’ll say goodbye and leave you with some more hearts ~ ones we found on the beach, and another bigger black-and-white heart named Girl Kitty.  Out here in the world, no kitties for me!  It will be good to get home!  But tomorrow, Saturday, October 3, I get to girl paintingmeet lots of you at Innisfree Books, between 11 am and 1pm.  I hope, if you’re in the neighborhood, you can make it.  After Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams (book two) comes out, Joe and I will get in the van and cross the country and try to see the rest of you!   That’ll be next May! I have to get home and finish painting for the second one (SO much more to show you)! Until then, any of you who ordered a book but haven’t gotten it, you should have it very soon now!  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Have a fabulous day! Love you! XOXO

dreams come true

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477 Responses to TRIPPIN’

  1. Susie Brey says:

    I received my book from Amazon!! So, so happy..Had to finish all my chores so that I could devote all my time to this wonderful book…couldn’t put it down..loved, loved, loved it. When I finished it I hugged it, and said Ahhhhh!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent in all that you do so that we can be a part of your beautiful world!! Hugs…

  2. Lee Gaede says:

    Oh Susan, I started Fairy Tale Girl yesterday and had to force myself not to finish it in one sitting. I need to savor it like fine chocolate. I did not expect to feel so close to you and this book, but it mirrored my own life in so many ways, had to wipe away a few nostalgic tears. I HAD the jean skirt and the platforms! My best friend had a gold VW! The music from that era was the soundtrack of our lives and you nailed it. Thank you for sharing all the parts (well, most) of your life; even the sad ones. It’s hard to think of a friend having sadness in her life (and of course, I will always consider you a great friend, though I have never met you), but easier to feel close to you, having had the same experiences. You are a brave woman to bare your soul, as you have in this marvelous, wonderful, fabulous, don’t want it to end book. Thank you!

  3. Bunny S says:

    I love contests:) So, first time on your blog and reading all morning! How you be so cute? Fun to read and fun to look! It’s all about fun…and heart!

  4. Michele M. says:

    SUSAN!!! I am so sad to say I am this behind in my reading of the blog… But I have had some great times at our new house happen all in a row and only now am I getting down time. I just saw that you put me in your post!! ~*THANK YOU*~ I can’t tell you how much that meant to me! This made my day and probably the whole year. I am truly grateful to have you in my life and to be a constant reminder of how important and precious the everyday moments are. I just bought the Fairy Tale Girl for my best friend the other Michelle (Heron) for Christmas and I cannot wait for her to read it!! Going to catch up more on the blog this weekend. Thanks again! You are a doll!!! Xoxo

    • sbranch says:

      Here’s that other comment Michele . . . I’m glad to see it . . . we do have gremlins here periodically, but not this time, just slow me!

  5. Michele M. says:

    I thought I left a comment but it’s not appearing (maybe you have not gotten to it yet, patience Michele, patience!) In case you have not received the comment, Susan I cannot tell you how much it made my day to be part of your post!! I was so behind on reading them for 2 months! Catching up slowly…almost so when you, yourself, are living your life and not blogging as much, trying to finish the new book, I can let the catch up last 🙂 You made my whole year! What an amazing surprise! I promptly send screen shots to my best friend (The other Michelle) sister and mother!! You are the best. Cannot wait to get the new book. Pre ordering today!

    • sbranch says:

      Oh good. I wondered when I would hear from you on this. That picture of you is just so cute! I’m sure you much have been surprised to see YOU looking back at you! 🙂

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