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Road trip!

Yesterday two of us went on a little toot.  Christine of Maine Fiberarts and I headed north to Bangor, Maine early in the day.  We decided to avoid the northbound Route 1 Saturday traffic and take some backroads, which was a great choice.  It was infinitely more interesting to drive off the beaten path and go through some towns that I rarely visit, even though we do not live that far from them.  We did miss one turn and ended up in downtown Camden, but we soon located Route 52 and continued on our way.

Our first goal was to visit with Jody Clayton of One Lupine Fiber Arts at her gallery/workshop right in Bangor.  We did get sidetracked in Searsport for a wee visit to a newly opened used book shop, which specializes in used fiber-related books.  The owner is lovely and is also a spinner, so she had her wheel right there and an amazing nook full of wonderful knitting books.(I scored a hardcover that I do not own by Clara Parkes, The Knitter’s Guide to Yarn). Unfortunately, I did not note the name of the bookstore, and it is so new I am not finding it on the town’s Chamber of Commerce site.  It’s tiny, but definitely worth a visit!

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After that stop we did not get sidetracked and found Jody’s gallery in Bangor, which is a city I am totally unfamiliar with.  As with many other large Maine cites, it straddles a beautiful stretch of the Penobscot River.  We found the gallery easily and spent quite a bit of time there. Upstairs is the gallery, and downstairs we found a combination yarn/fiber shop, with a felting class carrying on in the work area.  Christine and I had a wonderful time there, and of course came back with a few treasures of the fibery sort.  I found some lovely fiber batts that Jody had dyed and carded up (a Merino/Romney/Bamboo blend) and I also bought some beautifully dyed bundles of bamboo fiber.  I have never spun with bamboo, but it is very lustrous and looks a lot like silk.  So I have plenty of interesting stuff to play with for the end of the summer and the beginning of the school year!

After our visit there, we found an Indian restaurant where we had an amazing lunch.  Then we headed east for a tour of a sheep dairy farm.  Northern Exposure Farm is a relatively new dairy farm and it’s set in an amazingly beautiful spot.  We spent the afternoon there and learned a lot about their operation, and also got to meet their beautiful sheep, East Friesians (one of the few sheep breeds that are specifically used for their milk production).  We got a milking demo as well!  Heaven! I know that we will never have such a large-scale dairy setup with our goatie girls, but it’s sure nice to dream a little :*)

 

Note:  I don’t know if anyone will notice, but one of the lambs in the front of the lamb photo is having a lovely pee! How rude that we immortalized the moment!

3 Day weekend and the deep freeze

Winter dusk

The snow did some melting on Friday, conveniently creating a sea of ice wherever it melted.  Now we are in the deep freeze.  It was -8 this morning when I went out to do chores, and I put that off until a little after 7 so that I would have daylight.  Brrr.  This is when carrying a stainless steel bucket out to milk loses its appeal very quickly!  But as soon as I get going, the goatie furry bodies warm my hands up nicely, and if it’s not windy it’s ok.  I have cut back to milking only in the morning in readiness for drying off the does.  I hate to do it as it will be a long haul until we have milk again.  IF any of the girls are bred, they won’t be having their kids until early June.  Usually they are having their kids in April and I begin milking sometime in May.  Oh dear.  I have a ton of chevre in the freezer, so we shouldn’t go hungry for goat cheese, but I hate giving up the supply!

Anyhow, I have not pushed myself this weekend, that’s for sure.  Yesterday we went on a road trip out to western Maine.  My father in law collects old Bolens tractors, and my husband found one for him that is a 1966.  It even had a working snowblower on it.  It was a very pretty ride.  You can’t get there from here in a straight line, so we had to drive almost to Portland, and then we went the rest of the way on Route 25 which meanders northwest out of the Portland area.  On the way home we did some errands and didn’t get home until almost 3.  It was a long day in the Bone Shaker and my back is achy today!  My poor husband hurt his back a little as they had to lift this little monster into the back of the F350, which as I have mentioned before, sits very high off the ground!  There ended up being 6 guys doing the lifting, but it was still a heavy one.  We have not gotten it out of the truck yet.  That’s for another day, and the John Deere tractor will have to do most of the heavy lifting, thank goodness.

As for today, I spent the morning doing dishes and cleaning up the kitchen a bit, and then I did some knitting and movie watching (The Freshman, one of my favorite movies).  I will have to take a photo of the never-ending knitting project for another time!

Fiber Field Trip

Salt Bay Treadlers at our December meeting in Damariscotta

Yesterday our fiber group, the Salt Bay Treadlers, decided to take a field trip to Portland.  Now, we are a very dedicated group of spinners, weavers and knitters and are motivated by fiber of all types, but we also can be swayed very easily by good food.  So we decided to combine the two and have lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, Paciarino, and then go into Munjoy Hill and head for the Portland Fiber Gallery and Weaver’s Studio.

It was a stupendous day!  There were 6 of us fiberistas, so we took two vehicles.  We met up on the early lunch side at Paciarino’s.

Lunch at Paciarino, minus Pam who is taking the photo!

That restaurant is such a great experience; all of their pastas and sauces are fresh.  When you go in, there is a chalkboard that has the day’s menu, and they even have a little box showing the pastas and raviolis that are available.  The menu is limited, but every time I am there I have a very difficult time choosing my meal!  Yesterday I had their potato/gorgonzola ravioli with red sauce.  Between that, a beautiful salad of fresh greens, and the capuccino, I was in heaven.  Two of our friends had the Tiramisu dessert which they shared… it was amazing as well.

I would have been happy to leave it there, but then we headed over to the Portland Fiber Gallery and Weaver’s Studio.  I have visited there on a number of occasions and I always leave with some beautifully dyed fiber or yarn, after having a lovely chat with Melodi.  Thursdays is their day for a spin-in from 12-4.  I am not sure that Melodi knew what happened for a few minutes when we descended on them!  We had to move some looms aside, but then we got our wheels set up and got going.  There were two other spinners there, one an employee of the gallery, and one a lovely young teacher from NYC who was visiting during  the school break.

Christine, Jocelyn and Esther at the spin-in

We did a lot of spinning, chatting, problem-solving, and a little bit of fiber shopping as well.  The added bonus of the day was Melodi’s new puppy Annie Oakley, who was just as laid back and lovely as any puppy I have ever met.  She sat with anyone who grabbed her, so we all had a little bit of a cuddle!

It was a wonderful afternoon of fiber and friends.  The highlight of my vacation week so far.  A lovely day out filled with fiber, friends and amazingly good food!  We really have to do this more often.

Pam (of Hatchtown Farm) at the other end of the Paciarino table!