Tomorrow, this sign will hang in a store window at 12 Main Street in Chatham, NY. My two daughters and I will be selling our handmade goods, from 11 am to 4 pm. I have been able to work slowly on some small items for the sale.
Below are some more tiny worlds, small living terrariums, which will be for sale. I also will show some woolen goods, ornaments, and some jewelry. Stop by if you are in Chatham!
Woman in heart terrarium.
Reindeer in terrarium.
Eagle in terrarium.
Close-up of eagle.
More photos! Last night we received about 10 inches of heavy, wet snow. Because the leaves are still on most of the trees, the weight brought down tree limbs. There were a couple of large tree limbs (one oak, one maple) that hit the roof, with many smaller limbs down all around. Brave husband climbed up on the roofs to remove the limbs, while I handed up saws, etc.
Below is my hand, as I cleared snow off the yew. You can see how deep the snow is.
A photo shot skyward at the snow on the maple leaves. With the sun shining on it, the snow has been melting quickly. See the birds in the upper right corner?
The last time we experienced a winter storm here in October was in the 1980’s. We were without power for days, melting snow for water and cooking on the wood stove. So far we have not lost power with this storm, though the lights flickered a few times.
So, what does Mother Nature have in store for us next?
Last night we attended a nearby annual event, Barnstorm, which included live music, dancing, food, a pumpkin-carving contest, and conversation.
Women in the window! There were windows on all four sides of the second floor of this marvelous old barn.
The interior of the second floor was home to the festivities. The small loft above was used decoratively.
The stage, ready for a variety of musical acts.
Three women, three paper lanterns ~ waiting for the music to begin.
A musical beginning. The show was opened with a lively guitar and ukulele number.
More music ~ Em and Kate
Some of the entries in the pumpkin-carving contest.
A Jack o Lantern with quite the nose.
Goodnight, Barnstorm! We left early and missed many musical acts, dancing, and the pumpkin judging. Several people brought tents, which were pitched outside the barn for those wanting to sleep over. I opted for my cozy bed at home.
Today my daughter and I returned from another realm, where we spent a weekend immersed in myth, story, music, and art.
Here are photos taken just before the Good Faeries Ball (I recycled my Halloween costume for this):
And just before the Bad Fairies Ball:
We also attended panels of writers and artists, including Brian and Wendy Froud, Jane Yolen, and others.
Of particular interest to me was the session by Whitney and Steven Boe on their film Mythic Journeys, about the importance of myth, enchantment, and spirituality for our lives.
Brian and Wendy Froud, Whitney and Steven Boe
A handmade bench provided a focal point. It is really a headboard but framed a bench for this event.
It was a special weekend.
Bittersweet berries, from the vine on my front porch.
Beautiful! But they have their shadow side. Bittersweet is an invasive plant. It is work to keep it out of flower beds, and it tends to climb trees. That’s its nature.
So we wore crowns of bittersweet, and we thought about the shadow parts of our own natures; we can be bitter; we can be sweet. It seemed a good way to celebrate our Autumn Equinox.
What fruits will we let fall this season? What will rest in the earth (or in our hearts) over the cold months of winter, to then sprout, transformed, in the springtime?
Big day at church tomorrow. A new pastor will be offering his message, and because we operate via congregational polity, we will then vote about whether he will henceforth be the pastor of our little church.
Then in the afternoon, at 2 PM, Marian will be at the Real Food Co-op to speak with us about GreenSpirit and living lightly. And maybe about Elderwoman, as well. I hope to see you there.
Marian With Flowers