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Turkey Tracks: Georgia the Goat

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Turkey Tracks:  March 18, 2013

Georgia, the Goat

So now that I can put up videos, I have one that I’ve saved for about two years.

Some background:

My friend Tara Derr Webb lives in Charleston, SC, very near my sons.  She grew up with them, and they are all like brothers and sister.  They were thrilled when she and Leighton moved back to the East Coast from the West Coast and abodes abroad and settled near them.

Two years ago, Tara read Kristin Kimball’s THE DIRTY LIFE and started on a journey toward farming.  She visited a farm in the Atlanta, Georgia, area first.  There, a tiny baby goat was born and abandoned by her mother.  The farm family could not expand resources to manage a baby goat, so Tara put her into her car, brought her home, named her Georgia, and raised her with the help of husband Leighton and two nursemaid dogs, Milo, a Great Dane, and Eloise, a charming female of indeterminate age.

Here’s Georgia goat when she’s about 9 months or younger:

Tara and Leighton have gone on to start a farm (Deux Puces, or Two Fleas), a goat herd, vegetable crops, and a soon-to-be restaurant called “The Farmbar” made from a repurposed Spartan Landcraft.  You can read all about it, and them, and see videos of the tiny goat they just adopted on The Farmbar web site, linked on the right-hand sidebar of this blog.

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March 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Turkey Tracks: Shine On

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Turkey Tracks:  March 18, 2013

Shine On

A year before John died, my quilting chapter, Coastal Quilters, of Camden, Maine, brought us the most beautiful quilt.

“We are bringing you lots of hugs,” they said.

And, we felt each and every one of those hugs over the next year.  Some, many times over.

I called the quilt “Shine On” because it is a heritage quilt that will be passed on to a grandchild and will carry with it all the hugs and love that reside in its depths.   This quilt glows with light and warmth and will always “Shine On” down through the years with its beautiful colors and memories.

Here is a picture I took of it on my bed upstairs, where I take a picture of all the quilts.

Shine On edited

Here is a close-up of two of the many beautiful blocks that so many in the Coastal Quilters chapter made.

Shine on blocks edited

Here is a picture of the border fabric and the binding, each put on by Sarah Ann Smith, whose blog link is on the right sidebar.  Sarah designed the quilt; bought, washed, and ironed the fabrics; made kits for each interested quilter; squared up the blocks; and  assembled the quilt.  The quilting was done by Marge Hallowell’s Mainely Quilting in Nobleboro and is beautiful.  Marge also donated the batting for the quilt.

Shine On border

Here is a picture of the label, made by Barb Melchiskey:

Shine On label

And here is a picture of the downstairs room that son Mike and I put together for John for the day when he could not manage the stairs any more.  This room was formerly John’s office, so we thought he would be close to his computer as well.

Shine On on John's bed

John never made it to this bed, choosing instead to die in his own bed and in his own time.  And now I spend a lot of time in this room.  I’ve moved my computer down here.  And my quilting and research books.  And my quilting supplies are now in this closet.

The quilt speaks to me as I pass it many times each day, reminding me of all the love and the many hugs it holds.  For it “shines on.”

Written by louisaenright

March 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Turkey Tracks: Garden Promises

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Turkey Tracks:  March 18, 2013

Garden Promises

We are getting “plowable” snow tonight and all day tomorrow.

You’d never know it as it is a sunshiny day today.

Last summer I went around the yard and took pictures of all our garden decorations.  We have way more than I would have thought as neither I nor John like overly decorated yard stuff.

Anyway, I’ve saved the pics for a day just like today, when we are expecting a big snow storm and can’t quite imagine what the yard looks like during summer.

For instance, this porch now has two feet of snow on it–which was melting away until we got our present cold snap.

Garden dec

I love wind chimes and have them hanging all over the place.  They sing to us all summer.  This hanging plant was so beautiful this past summer.  At dusk, in the quiet heat, it perfumed the whole porch.  John loved sitting on this porch the most of all.

Garden decorations 1

John and I both say the dragonfly one day in Renys, and without a word between us, it went into the basket to come home.  The dragonfly is my artistic sign.  Were I to start selling quilts, they would be “Lovey Dragonfly Quilts.”

The rock woman came from our hillside.  She was waiting to be showcased in this place where she now lives.

Garden decorations 2

Bedo was a present to John from me back in Virginia.  The story is that the real Bedo was made by a little girl for the Notre Dame cathedral roof in Paris.  He keeps watch over our driveway all summer.

Garden decorations 3

All across New England, people hang stars of various sizes and colors on barns and houses.  For no message or reason that we’ve ever been able to discern.  Everyone just likes them.  And, they are happy, aren’t they?  That’s a metal butterfly to the left of the left garage door.  I forget what is usually on the right side and will remember when I start bringing out the decorations in the spring.

Garden decorations 4

The children gave John this bench one father’s day.  We would often have a mug of tea together while sitting on this bench and admiring the garden in all its stages of development.  This past year we planted all kinds of winter squash in the blue tubs, and they fed us well into the winter.  You can see them just sprouting in this early summer picture.

Garden decorations 5

June Derr sculpted this Indian, and Charlie Derr worked on it as well.  Skywatcher.  He likes Maine a lot a there is no ambient light to keep one from seeing ALL the stars.  The garden is fenced temporarily to keep the chickens out as they are still loose in the yard.

Garden decorations 6

St. Francis sits in the river birches amidst the Lady’s Mantle.

Garden decorations 7

That’s our well pump with the bird bath on top.   Putting the bird bath on the well pump was John’s very clever idea.  The Smoke Tree (purple plant) was planted just after we came nine years ago in June.  Beyond the pump are wild woods going up the hill.

Garden decorations 8

John built the two fences to shield my compost holders, the generator, the propane tanks, and the clothes line.  The red climbing roses are doing very well in this spot we carved out of the gravel and fill dirt.  The blue pot stops the eye from plunging on down the rock wall just beyond it.  And, hopefully, any young grandchild unaware of the drop.  Later I planted nasturtiums in the beds at the foot of the fences.

Garden decorations 9

Bowen, Kelly, Talula, and Wilhelmina made me this rock for my birthday the year after we moved to Maine.  I love it.

Garden decorations 10

So there you have it, a garden pictorial essay when, in Maine, we are yet far from spring.

Written by louisaenright

March 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm