Unseasonably Sunday…….

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Yesterday was the best Sunday in a long time!

It is January, but the temperature was a little above 70! Overcast, but that was fine- I can just imagine how much warmer it would have been, had the sun been allowed to shine!!!

While Mr. Green Jeans was finishing painting the guest room, I flitted around from one thing to another!!!

First a light Sunday brunch-my French style local organic scrambled eggs, with muffins and red grapefruit.

Then, barn duty, and taking the blankets off the big boys!!!

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Took the dogs out to play, and later they got a walk thru the woods, and down to the river.

I was going to give Mycon a bath, but, that needs two people, and Mr. Green Jeans was still painting.

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Cisco , wondering why John gets to free graze…..

John and I went for a ride-  at the end of every ride, his reward  is to be allowed out to “mow” the lawn. He was so eager to get to munching, he was fussy as we walked thru’ the fields- snorting and stopping and turning to look at me- mildly protesting about WALKING thru’ all this grass he could be EATING!!!!

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John got into the routine when we got to the old road, but as we neared the end of the ride, his pace picked up- enough of carrying me around – he wanted the after ride reward!!! The old guy can still move, when he has too!!!

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Went in for lunch, and then cleaned off the bird feeder “balcony”! A whole seasons worth of seed hulls needed to be shoveled off the porch. This little temporary deck was added on the 2nd floor back door when the house was built- ’til we got a real deck. Seven years later- still waiting for that REAL deck.  So, for now ( and into the unforseeable future), it is a bird feeding station!

Next, it was out to the front garden for some pruning- I cut down the dried hyacinth bean trellises, and culled 2 small bowls of seeds. We had Showtime free for the weekend- so spent some time with the seeds and free movies!!

 

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Some of the bean vines that wrapped around the twine trellises might make a nice weaving project! I will be back out there tomorrow for more pruning and weeding (after a trip to the local apple orchard to get one more bushel  before the season is really over!)

 

I also managed to get some camera time in (no big surprise there!) – trying to figure out all the settings on my new camera- and trying to find a perfect picture for a new Art House Co-op photo project I signed on for……..Reading the little booklet that comes along with the camera told me nothing!! Guess I will have to watch the dvd that came with it. But, I figured out a few things on my own, purely by accident.

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Another walk with the dogs- it was too nice a day to stay indoors for too long!

Then, it was time for dinner- pasta with a freshly made sauce made from my garden tomatoes, and basil, dill,tofu, and cheese.

Back to the barn, for the horses’ dinner, and putting the blankets back on- even tho’ it wasn’t supposed to get cold – the weather report seemed a bit iffy- and the “old man” needed to be kept warm and dry from the rain that might come during the night.

The evening ended with Downton Abbey – a new passion of mine- I missed the 1st 2 seasons, but have caught the “fever” and am watching as often as I can remember! Just love the fashions!!!

Today is another overcast day – rain in the forecast, but still unseasonably warm –  that won’t last! As the week progresses, we will ease back into true January weather.

It was fun while it lasted!!!

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Tea on Tuesday – The “Eyes” Have It…..

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Cold, cold, cold here in The Gap….

So, I am sipping some Lady Grey, in my thrift store Denby pottery mug.  This is my mug rug, one of several I made for an online swap last year. I am working on a few more for belated Christmas gifts – sssshhhh…..!!!

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At a loss for subject matter for this Tuesday’s tea – I thought I would just share some random donkey photos- totally unrelated to tea- but…….

I was trying to get a really good photo of Finnegan’s blue eyes- but donkeys can be notoriously UNcooperative- and as you can see by my attempts- the little trickster was true to form!!! And, always very curious about that clicking camera thing!!!!

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Soon, they got bored with the photo shoot, and went looking for trouble – the hose is always a good play toy!!!

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Welcome to a day in the life…………….my camera, my donkeys, and always with a cuppa TEA !!!

Drop by anytime for tea on Tuesdays, or any other time – leave a comment, let me know you were here, visit a while…

Shutterbug Tendencies………….

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If you get a chance – check out my latest photos!

These were all taken with my point and click. Editing is so much fun, and then some days, there is a capture that is so absolutely perfect, just the way it is………

Just got a new camera- what fun I will have now!!!!!!

 

Matted signed prints available upon request.

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Wyeth inspired……

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hagrid pole barn

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Rock Day

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It all started years ago, when I had angora rabbits, and got interested in spinning their fur. I took some lessons, had a big Ashford wheel, and as things go when you have small children, spinning fell by the wayside.

Fast forward 20 some odd years, and my interest was again piqued, when I had an old spinning wheel refurbished.

For years, my mom had been carrying around an old wheel she unearthed over 30 years ago in an antique shop. Thru’ all her travels with my dad in their RV, this wheel came along, but was definitely worse for wear, and literally in pieces.

I was put in contact with a wonderful woodworker named John Robson, who  brought this old wheel back to life!! It is a treasure- circa late 1700’s-early 1800’s.

There was a celebration in town today – a group of local spinners got together at Plan B in Broadway, Va, to celebrate Rock Day.

Rock Day (rock, roc, or rocke) , or,  St. Distaff’s Day, is a celebration on the Monday after Twelfth Night- the Festival of the Epiphany.

I guess, for convenience, today’s  gathering was held on Saturday, the 5th (and Plan B is not open on Monday!)

The term rock is no longer used – but in times past it referred to the distaff– the long piece of wood used to hold unspun fibers/wool while spinning. In olden days, the day after Twelfth Night, was when all the festivities of the holidays were over and done with, and it was back to the mundane chores of everyday living- which included spinning!

So, very similar to our present day quilting bees, it has become a tradition for spinners everywhere to come together in groups to celebrate the day, and just spin, chat, and share.

I brought my old wheel down for advise, and Sue Ober was kind enough to get it working – the general opinion was it is a very nice, very  old wheel – in great shape, and totally usable!!! Woohoo!! Money well spent in bringing it back to life!!

 

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Sue Ober working my wheel

 

The atmosphere was welcoming, there was live music perfectly attuned to spinning.

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Beautiful handcrafted items were for sale – felted bags, mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, in wool and fiber of every hue. Most all the items were made from scratch – literally in some cases, straight from the spinner’s shorn sheep, goat, or alpaca- carded, cleaned, dyed,and then spun, and knitted or felted into beautiful creations!

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Judy Post admiring Vicki Mongold’s beautiful wares

 

And, the wheels- oh, the wheels so many different kinds- not at all the “traditional”  looking wheel I remember. Their smaller size makes them very portable. And, there was one that was painted, giving it  its own unique character!

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That is Priscilla Blosser Rainey (hope I spelled her name correctly) on the right in the green vest- she made the beautiful hand dyed yarn pictured above.

 

All in all, a great day- creativity, camaraderie, food, fiber– what more could you ask for???

 

 

Life is But A Dream………..

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In today’s world, with bad news pummeling us from every news media source, retreating to an imaginary world seems oh, so appealing………

We creative types can lose ourselves in our art, in our quilting, in our writing, in our thoughts………..

To wake up unstressed by the world’s latest trauma, would be a blessing for all, wouldn’t it?

Not at all to lessen the trauma and the people involved in that particular upset, but a little less stress in my life would be welcomed.

And some would say, what kind of stress could you possibly have- I have a roof over my head, no natural disasters have destroyed my home, there is food on the table, home canned goods in the pantry, and relative good health all around.

I should sit back, shut up, and enjoy the serenity……….

But, within the confines of this seemingly bucolic living, stress seeps in. Whether from the outside world, or out of my own mind, it’s ever present!! LOL

Busy hands and mind keep the brain relaxed.

The sign off in every one of my emails says “Life keeps me crazed, art keeps me SANE(R)”

If it wasn’t SO true, I would use it as my tagline!!!LOL

Overactive imagination is my downfall, but it is also my salvation………

 

Take this picture (discovered on the internet, source unknown)

 

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I know my horses let out their wings every night after midnight, and pull them in before dawn……… just like I KNOW my teddy bears get up after I go to sleep, and have a party all night long ♥

I also “know” that those darn bears have invited the field mice in , to join their nightly parties- but the mice won’t leave!!!! LOL

No, I am NOT nuts (well, I am pretty sure I’m not) …….just finding a way to relieve the stress sailing in nonstop, from the outside world.

What are your methods, for alleviating stress? Art, meditation, yoga, long walks in the woods, or staring at the night sky pondering the universe?

Feel free to share, so I , and others, know we are NOT alone in the madness………….

 

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Tea on Tuesday- Merry Christmas!!!!!

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Wouldn’t this be a perfect place to have a Christmas tea, huddled down in front of a roaring fireplace, with snow falling softly outside…..??

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If we lived in England, we could – here is the link

For me, today, my tea will be in a cozy chair, the whole house warmed by the basement wood stove, surrounded by family, and critters (mustn’t forget the critters!).

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As I stare into the computer- I want to wish you ALL a very happy holiday, Merry Christmas, all the tea you can drink- and I hope I will “see” you all many times in the coming year.

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Chim Chiminey, Chim Chiminey……

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Chim chim cher-ee!
A sweep is as lucky
As lucky can be………….

I do SO beg to differ!!!!

I was just outside, before the frigid rain started – helping Mr. Green Jeans clean our 2 chimneys!!

Haute couture chimney sweep attire……..hat to ward off rain and soot, glasses to prevent soot from getting in the eyes, D/H’s police raincoat to keep me clean (and it had me tripping all over the place!)

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He was atop the roof, and I was on the ground supposedly  to pull the brush thru the chimney and release a couple of years’ worth of  encrusted ash and soot.

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Sunny, staring out the 2nd floor window, growling at this mysteriously garbed person in the back yard!!! (that would be me!)

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Mr. Green Jeans, taking the caps off

                                                                                                                  WELL!!!!

1st chimney was easy – not much soot at all.

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The 2nd chimney, needed someone with quite a bit more brute strength that I can muster- to try to yank, pull, and/or cajole this brush down and out!!!

Mr. Green Jeans- aka chief chimney sweep, had to climb up and down from the roof, multiple times to get the brush thru.

I was basically of little use!! LOL

On the last try, I did manage to pull the brush thru’- and I am sure my arms and legs will suffer for it in a day or so.

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Clearly, from my point of view, hardly worth all the effort. But, at least it is done!!!

Now, I suppose, we are safe from a chimney fire (fingers crossed!) But, it would have been well worth the money to ME, to have a professional come in and do it.

At least, I did not get covered in soot, and Mr. G.J. did not fall off the roof.

So, all’s well, that ends well – AND, we are still speaking to each other…..!!LOL

And, I SWEAR, this song was running thru’ my brain the WHOLE time!!!!!

 

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee!
A sweep is as lucky
As lucky can be

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good luck will rub off when
I shake ‘ands with you
Or blow me a kiss
And that’s lucky too

Now as the ladder of life
‘As been strung
You may think a sweep’s
On the bottommost rung

Though I spends me time
In the ashes and smoke
In this ‘ole wide world
There’s no ‘appier bloke

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee!
A sweep is as lucky
As lucky can be

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good luck will rub off when
I shake ‘ands with you
Or blow me a kiss
And that’s lucky too

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee!
A sweep is as lucky
As lucky can be

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good luck will rub off when
I shake ‘ands with you
Or blow me a kiss
And that’s lucky too

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee!
When you’re with a sweep
You’re in glad company

No where is there
A more ‘appier crew
Than them wot sings
“Chim chim cher-ee
Chim cher-oo!”
On the chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee
Chim cher-oo!

 

Sing along- with my favorite Dick Van Dyke!!!!! LINK