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14th Oct 2017
First day of car touring in New England

We picked up our hire car this morning and headed off with me driving and Geoff navigating, guided by Uncle Google. No dramas. We made a lunch stop at Northampton, home of the all female undergraduate liberal arts Smith College (Sylvia Plath and Gloria Steinem are just two of the notable graduates). Now we have arrived at the swank and secluded Field Farm Guest House, near Williamstown, where we will stay two nights. It is a 1948 Bauhaus era home with beautiful original furniture and a wide array of contemporary art and sculpture, set by a pond on a 300 acre property overlooking hills just starting to show the Autumn colours. Only five bedrooms - so it feels like staying in a friend's country house, without the friend to bother us and no TV to distract us. A wonderfully quiet retreat.

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Diary Photos

Building in Northampton MA Main street

The most colourful crossing I have ever seen: Northampton.

Northampton Unitarian church. There are a lot of Unitarian churches in MA, all of a similar style.

The history of women mural in Northampton. The home of Smith College. Has to be a lesbian paradise!

They are even saying 'yes' in Northampton.

A building on Smith College campus. The 'Black Lives Matter' sign is everywhere in MA.

Smith College chapel. This is a very common church style here.

Smith College: what a delightful place to be a (female) student.

Beautiful sculpture outside our Williamstown B&B window.

Williamstown B&B view

Some colour, but ...

Williamstown B&B. The small house on the left is called a folly!

More sculpture in the gardens at B&B.

The B&B has walks around the 300 acre property.

The sun is setting after an uneventful drive from Boston.

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