September 27, 2007

National Alpaca Farm Day

This weekend is National Alpaca Farm Day. Go to this website Alpaca Farm Day, and at the very top you can select your state and see which alpaca farms are participating in your area. Many of the farms are open to the public both Saturday & Sunday and will have classes or demonstrations with fiber. You will be able to see the alpacas up close and learn about them. Also some farms will have products for sale either of the alpaca yarn or products made from the yarn. Some of the farms will have food & beverages.

Back from Vacation

Sadly we are back to the routine of life. The vacation was so much enjoyed we are already planning next years get away, making sure we do not go so long with out a break.

Wildlife Photos from the Trip

I spent lots of strolls walking up and down the beach with my camera trying to get close enough to some of the birds that were skipping around the surf.

This guy was particularly funny when he would run away from me. Declining to make the effort to fly he preferred a fast run.

This rabbit was on a grassy area near the beach. She appeared pretty well fed.

This squirrel trusted me enough to show me where he was burying his stash for winter.

This is my favorite photo of the trip. Chris spotted this little frog hiding in the crack of a tree trunk. He has got such a good eye. I would have never seen it.

These are my treasures found at the beach. I loved the red seaweed.

Some of the tropical plants were amazing.

Here is a close up of the flower. The colors look as if they were painted on.

Of course all good things must come to an end. We are lucky to have the memories so that we can smile when times are not so pleasant and remember when.

September 07, 2007

Mums the Word

On occasion I like to buy fresh cut flowers for the table. I love to see them every time I walk past. Cosmo loves fresh flowers almost as much as I do. Unfortunately he likes to taste them.

I chose this bouquet for the two yellow Chrysanthemums that were in it. This is my favorite kind of Mum. The flower head is a class 1 irregular incurve. They are the giant blooms in which the petals loosely incurve and make a fully closed center. Simply Lovely.

Back 2 School Swap

I joined the Back2School swap that was started by Marta. My package arrived from my swap partner Jennifer today. Lots of goodies that include two pencil holders, pencils, colored pencils, sharpies, large post its, a holder for post its, & some lovely cards. All the goodies were in a cool brown box. Jen did a wonderful job making the pencil holders and the post it holder all three color coordinated with pinks and browns. You can check out Jen and see the package I sent her over at Shiny Things.

Finished Chevron Scarf

Yes, I finished my chevron scarf and it is modeled by Haley, whom thinks alpaca yarn is super soft and cuddly.

As soon as I cast off I looked through my stash for another go of the chevron scarf pattern. I found these two skeins of sock yarn I got last year from Mama-E’s Ceyeber Fiber sock yarn. They are both 100% merino wool. The one on the left is May-belle and the one on the right is June bug.

I gave them a try and even though they are really just two colors with different variation through out the strand, I like the way the stripes are coming out. The colors make me think of the beach & the sea.

Little Getaway

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Speaking of the sea, Chris and I are heading to the beach for a much needed vacation. I can’t wait to feel the sand between my toes. I should be packing. We have to get up around 2 am to catch an early flight out of Texas. It is not so bad considering I usually can’t sleep the night before we fly somewhere. Too Excited!