We Have Neighbors

A common sight in Shipshewana, IN

One of two quilt flower gardens in Shipshe. This one is the ??? design.

One of two quilt flower gardens in Shipshe. This one is the Goldie’s Basket design.

This quilt garden is in the Dutchman ??? design.

This quilt garden is in the Dutchman”s Puzzle design.

We extended our stay in Shipshewana. Tom, Jean and their fur child Alfie, were camped in Holland, Michigan. Upon seeing we were relatively close to them in northern Indiana, they decided to move their camp to Shipshewana too. We met Tom and Jean last Winter in Florida and have kept in touch. This is their first time visiting this area and we are greatly enjoying showing them all the places to shop and eat.

Meet Alfie, Tom & Jean's little rat terrier. Alfie will welcome you into his fifth wheeler with lots of doggie licks & kisses. Don't try to leave though, Alfie will attack you. Kinda reminds me of the Eagle's song, Hotel California.

Meet Alfie, Tom & Jean’s little rat terrier. Alfie will welcome you into his fifth wheeler with lots of doggie licks & kisses. Don’t try to leave though, Alfie will attack you. Kinda reminds me of the Eagle’s song, Hotel California.

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Don's half cinnamon & half confectioners iced cinnamon roll.

Don’s half cinnamon & half confectioners iced cinnamon roll.

Don introduced Tom to the fresh baked cinnamon rolls at Ben’s Bakery his first morning here. Since then, he has discovered Ben’s fry pies too. I do believe Tom has become a convert to Amish goodies. On Friday, we took them shopping at our favorite marketplaces. E & S, where you can buy in bulk cooking and baking staples, seasonings, dried beans, homemade egg noodles, and more. Much more. It’s where we get our fresh locally grown produce as well.

Market Day at E & S

Market Day at E & S

Next, we took them to Yoder’s where Jean enjoyed sampling a variety of locally made cheeses.  Yoder’s  carries meat, chicken and eggs from local farmers, all grain fed, antibiotic free, with no preservatives or artificial ingredients. We always stock our freezer well before leaving here.

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Saturday we all toured the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart. Everyone who has a fondness for camping should tour this museum at least once. This was Don and I’s third visit, each time we’ve come we’ve seen new exhibits. It is a work in progress that includes historical recreation vehicles, a new model display that changes yearly, an extensive library on all things related to RVs and RVing and more.

The Tennessee Traveler, an early prototype of the modern day motorhome. Tom and Don liked this one.

The Tennessee Traveler, an early prototype of the modern day motorhome. Tom and Don liked this one.

Below photos are of the Tennessee’s interior.

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I just love these old 50’s & 60’s style trailers.

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This 1968 Jayco pop-up is similar to the one Don & I owned prior to purchasing the Suite Pea.

This 1968 Jayco pop-up is similar to the one Don & I owned prior to purchasing the Suite Pea.

I could post an entire blog on this place alone. It is such a neat RV museum.

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Jean gets chummy with this lady cardshark.

Jean gets chummy with this lady cardshark.

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How'd you like to bathe in this tub?

How’d you like to bathe in this tub?

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Our tour caused us all to miss lunch so I suggested we drive into Nappanee for some Rocket Science ice cream. Each serving is made to order with real cream, fresh fruits, nuts, candies and sauces. Then its frozen right before your eyes using liquid nitrogen. The process is mesmerizing. The results are delicious.

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The two shots of the ice cream being made are stock photos as I didn’t take any on this day.

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We also introduced Tom and Jean to our favorite non-Amish restaurant in this area, Chicago Joe’s in nearby LaGrange. We love the Chicago-style hotdogs with all the traditional fixings and the owner, Joe is an interesting character.

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Joe & Don

Joe & Don

Mmm, mmm, good!

Mmm, mmm, good!

Our evenings have been filled with pitch-ins or dining out, Eucher games, guys against the gals, and the Detroit Tigers. (Being from the Detroit area themselves, Tom and Jean are loyal Tiger fans too.) We’ve really had a pleasant and relaxing visit.

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Wednesday morning we packed it up. We’re headed to “The Property” in Northern Michigan, but before leaving, Tom and Jean invited us over for a breakfast of bacon, french toast and oj. They said we needed a hearty breakfast before getting on the road. You can’t beat friends like that. Much appreciated you two, we’re looking forward to doing this again.

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We observed this daredevil crop duster on our way north.

We observed this daredevil crop duster on our way north.

HERE'S LOOKIN' AT YOU KID.....................

HERE’S LOOKIN’ AT YOU KID…………………

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  1. What fun! The quilted gardens are beautiful…and what a hoot to tour those old campers and RVs. You guys sure know all the good places to eat…lucky friends!

    • Gay, the quilt gardens are scattered throughout Indiana’s northern Amish country. Some are quite intricate. All are lovely. As I’m sure you’re well aware of, when you’re familiar with an area, you do know the best places to shop & eat. And we do like staying here.

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