Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cool, Crisp Winter...

I had such an enjoyable day today.  It was crisp, cool and sunny.  While touring around the back roads of Windham, I found this cabin aka "The Little House in the Big Woods."  That's exactly what this reminds me of.  As a child I loved the little house books and as an adult, I still feel the tug.  This appears to be the simple life but I truly know that it's not.  Slap me one!  Okay, I'm alright now.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Blackberry Pie...

Can she bake a berry pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy?

Yes, she can bake a berry pie quicker than a cat can wink an eye.
She's a young girl and cannot leave her mother.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Corriedale Wool

I've been spinning wool this week and have finished five skeins.  Here I am drying it using bananas for weights.  I hope this makes you smile.  I couldn't do all five at the same time because someone ate my bananas.

Corriedale wool comes from New Zealand or Australia and is a cross between Lincoln and Merino sheep.  What shall I knit?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Beaver Pond

If there is one thing Vermont has a lot of, it's beaver ponds.  I remember when beavers were scarce.  If they invaded your property you had to trap and move them to another location.  Not so much anymore. 

My favorite beaver story is in the book "Centennial," by James Mitchener.  The beavers in this book are the characters in one chapter and Mitchner tells a great story about their lives, then ties it into a murder later on.  I just loved it!

Monday, February 20, 2012

February Sunshine...

Tommy and I went off on tour today.  It was a cold, clear day and a wool sweater was plenty to keep me warm.  This is Coleman Farm over by Bondville.

About a mile down the dirt road from the farm is Gale Meadow Conservation Area.  This lake was formed in the early 50's as part of the flood control program.  You can see the bottom in spots and there are stone walls and old foundations visible from our canoe.  Also, this is a great place for a walk.  The trails around it are clearly marked.  The earth is soft beneath your feet and the aroma of pine surrounds you.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


I know.  I only thought it was spring.  I brought my geraniums in last fall and put them on my enclosed back porth.  Guess what?  They think it's spring.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day...

Valentine's Day came early this year.  My Tommy surprised me with a lobster dinner, flowers, and a big box of dark chocolates. 

He won't be here on Valentine's Day this year.  His 90 year old dad is coming home from the hospital tomorrow so he has to be in Canton overnight.  It's okay.  He loves me everyday!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Another Beautiful Day...

This was another blue-sky day in Vermont.  This is a small tributary of the West River.  We've had so little snow this winter that I have to go in search of it along the back roads.  However, I am rarely disappointed in what I find.  And it's always worth the search.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Gorgeous Day...

Need I say more?  I needed a book from the S. Derry library this morning so I took this picture along the way.  I love this time of year.  After three winters away, I have really enjoyed Vermont this winter.  I might think about staying again next year.

Friday, February 10, 2012


I just had to go back out there today and re-do this.  I guess I'm not a fan of black and white!  It was a perfect day for taking pictures or doing anything else.  I am baking bread and about to start a new book.  Lucky me!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Black and White

I've been practicing with the black and white setting on my new camera.  This picture is about as cold and bleak as anything I've seen.

I like this one better.  I zoomed on some white birch trees.  I have to admit, though, that the sky was blue and this would have been beautiful in color.
So much for my black and white!