Saturday, July 18, 2009

Neglectful Blogger

Bear Warning!
Be(ar) alert!

I know I haven't been around much lately, but we've been busy digging in the dirt, spinning and selling yarn and enjoying the gorgeous weather we've been having here in Meadows of Dan. And also enjoying the excitement of the recent bear sightings in town and nearby. The folks at Lovers Leap Birdhouses posted this recently. I was walking with TJ a couple of weeks ago, early in the morning, and saw a bear of a very similar size really close to the farm. Exciting indeed!

Pink Rhododendron
White Rhododendron

We had a little rain on Wednesday so I took the opportunity to get away from the garden and wander around the top of the mountain a little, after shearing two chocolate rabbits. The color, not the confection. I don't remember when the white rhododendron (which is a little pinkish) has every bloomed so well. The big shrubs are just covered with blossoms. I've missed the height of the season...I was down at Lovers' Leap as well and it looked like the picnic area must have been amazing not long ago with bloom.

The "Rock Cut"
View from Lovers Leap at what Grandpa called "The Rock Cut"

This has been a lovely week of enjoying good friends as well as summer weather and activities. I found RJ at home while I was rambling around and we had a lovely visit out on her screened porch. Maudie the magnificent cat stalked the birds that were serenading us as we talked, planning the possible addition of a bedroom to my house. Things are getting a little crowded in the cottage on the mountain lately!

Current Spindle Spinning Project

There are some wonderful new fibers at the shop, and I fell for this Miss Babs roving hard! Love the shimmer and the colors. It's spinning like a dream on my new favorite spindle, the one Mike Clark in Colorado made for me. I finished up the California Red roving I bought in Estes Park in record time and dived into this new stuff immediately. On the wheels I've carded and am spinning up the last of a Jacob fleece that I got quite awhile back from Perfect Spot Farm in North Carolina with the little upright wheel. The Haldane is busy with a variegated Corriedale fleece that I bought two years ago at SAFF from Rising Meadow Farm. Loving how the singles are turning out!

Great Yarns from Unplanned Peacock
Yarns from Unplanned Peacock, Ferrum, Virginia

And I've been bragging about these lovely yarns from a delightful new vendor here at Greenberry House in our weekly (mostly) newsletter. Natasha is a wonderful dyer and her yarns are so soft and richly colored. These yarns need to be touched!

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