this past week...crawling along...hectic...
i need a day like today.
a day with NO commitments. NO work.
(well, other than laundry, food shopping...and catching up on all the usual stuff
there's no time to get to during the week! aaaaargh!!!)
and to make things even better...it's raining!! yay!
we really need that wet stuff!
over the past few weeks...we've had the coldest day ever...on record...
AND the hottest day ever!! now...it's cold again.
as the week goes on it's supposed to get a little colder each day.
50's during the day and mid 20's at night!
up the road from one of my appointments the other day...
i passed these horses.
i think they're 'paint horses'...with the big splotches of brown or black.
horses sure are beautiful looking creatures!!
BUT they scare me.
i have ridden a horse before...oh, maybe once or twice in my life.
they have such BIG heads...BIG mouths! BIG teeth!
i like to appreciate them at a distance...
can you make out the braids in this one's mane??
yesterday i went to the yearly 'Cane Day' Festival with a friend of mine...
to set up a booth to sell our art.
no, i couldn't bring any of my BoNE or BoTTLE art...it had to just be
nature photographs...paintings...or pressed flowers from the park...Dudley Farm.
here's our set-up...
it was a gorgeous day! sunny! high 60's.
lots of people came to "Cane Day"...and we did so-so.
BUT we got alot of compliments on our art...and that made me feel good...so,
i'll probably try another local art fair some time in the future.
so, you're asking...what the heck is Cane Day anyway?
well, Dudley Farm is a historic working farm...
with animals...fields...gardens...and a functional cane syrup complex.
a few times during the year they do sugar cane grinding...boiling...
and bottling the end result...sugar cane syrup.
of course they do the cane processing the old fashioned way...
a mule driven cane mill.
aaahhhhhhhhhh!! the smell of the cane juice boiling.
such a heavy...sweet...thick aroma.
at Cane Day, park staff & volunteers offer activities and demonstrations in
blacksmithing...woodworking...cross-cut sawing. crafts.
quilting...doll making...weaving...corn shucking...music.
and of course making cane syrup the old fashioned way!
a FREE SAMPLING of the warm cane juice...tastes like woody flavored sugar water.
anyway, i've got to admit...my favorite thing in this park...
are the cracker cows!!
yeah...the park history is cool...the demonstrations are neat...
the cane grinding & cooking awesome...
BUT THE COWS!! OOoooooooh!!!!
so...all things considered...
we may not have done as well as we would've liked...with our art stuff.
it took alot of preparation...
building a 'mesh wall' to hang all the framed art (thanks sam!!)
and constructing the wood displays (thanks again sam!!)
BUT it was a great day anyway!
i got to see Dudley Farm for the first time!
one of my clients lives only a couple of miles from here...
so i'll definitely be back to check up on those cracker cows! yeah!!
"Use what talents you possess;
the woods would be very silent if no birds sang
except those that sang best."
~Henry Van Dyke
'til next time. stay cool & be safe...
"Laws change; people die; the land remains."