this week i love:
every comment and email and good thought on my last post
beach for fun, seeing darling puppies and big crabs!
knitting more pockets
beach for work (needing photos of the wetsuit on chuck) for review
working at my other job
and more knitting
teaching knitting at the shop
and new homeschool students
wool choosing for the travel project i'll bring to africa, thank you karen for your help
a long phone call from a faraway friend
and a new bone for owen in the mail, thank you geli!
a friend invited me to a neighboring town, to blue hill farms
where we met libby
a cashmere goat
and saw her having her coat sheared
her new summer wear :)
we saw this mushroom, which is around a hundred years old. it will be used to dye fibers
we said hello to the farm residents
and took their photos
i wished i could bring this little sweetheart home, i think owen (my doggy) would approve
we saw demonstrations of sheep to shawl, i met a designer that had brought some of her pieces worked in libbys fiber
i could be happy here
afterwards we had lunch and did a little window shopping in town
didn't we just see you two at the farm? hee hee
ending with dessert made this a perfect day, week. this little one had strawberry gelato, her mama had honey lavender and green tea and i ordered ginger spice and apricot. did you know apricot is the most popular flavor in italy?
the first pockets have arrived (already!) and packing has begun.
You just transported me to alot of happiness Lori. Always a joy to vist your place- so many beautiful images today and new funthings to learn. I could really go for some gelato and some surfing right now- in the beautiful Californina sunshine.ReplyDelete
What a perfect way to spend the weekend Lori. How amazing to dye fiber with a mushroom, and 100 year old mushroom is mind blowing! Are you still going to take your class on dyeing fiber? I want to hear all about it. I love the little 'love' home, I think I would be happy there too!ReplyDelete
Such a perfect weekend. Good to be back visiting you after all our traveling. I would like to make a few pockets. I will need to check out what yarn I have to use. I will be speedy and get them in the post this week.ReplyDelete
oh your neck of the woods is so quaint and charming!!! and libby, love, love, love those locks. my 10yo said that's what my hair would look like if i didn't brush it everyday (nice).ReplyDelete
owen looks happy with his new bone!
my pockets are all knitted. now i just have to crochet the straps and they'll go into the mail friday. will make sure to send priority so they are there in plenty of time :)
Sigh, I would love to be near the ocean and hear the waves! The knitting looks so lovely and I just don't know if Owen would love another dog.....are you sure?? Frodo eats those sticks all the time.ReplyDelete
I don't have a bucket list, but if I did the first thing on it would be 1. To visit Lori in California. (I know Leanne would agree). Your first picture is breathtaking.ReplyDelete
Ah the cashmere goat. I'll take three of them.
The pockets and treasures are in the mail and should be to you on Wednesday.
OK, I'm ready for you to adopt me now.ReplyDelete
WoW....what a great group of images, so much joy and happiness!!ReplyDelete
i see andee mailed the pockets, i am so happy i was able to join in!!
I've been enjoying the alabama shakes too. these photos are so FUN! love the goats : )ReplyDelete
♥ those gelato flavors have me salivating...they sure sound delish!!! what a lovely cashmere goat. SO...what color will that HUGE mushroom dye the fibers? Have you read "Gathering Blue" by Lois Lowry? I always think of woad, which will dye blue, the first time, then peach (I've heard) the 2nd time!ReplyDelete
we were told the mushroom would produce earthy colors, tan, oranges, reds, isn't it amazing? i haven't heard of that book marfa, i'm going to look for it now. thank you!Delete
Hi Lori! I was so happy to find a post from you! You have again so amazing photos! Your trip must have been wonderful and all those animals look so beautiful!ReplyDelete
I send you lots of Finnish wishes! x Teje
PS. How great that I can visit you even I'm here in North!
Oh my, Lori! So many beautiful images. The ones that had me smiling are Owen with his new bone and adorable Libby! Blue Hill Farms looks like an absolutely fantastic place to visit. I could live in that little cottage and be very, very, very happy! Isn't it amazing how wool can be taken from a wadded mess to ball of gorgeous yarn in no time!!! We saw ladies doing it in Nepal, pulling the wool through those brush paddles (there's probably a name for them). I found the whole process fascinating. Lunch and dessert looked great too. Wishing you a great new week. TammyReplyDelete
I just read about your pockets for Africa. Absolutely fantastic idea. Bless you and this who have contributed. I know you will have a fantastic trip. Best wishes, TammyReplyDelete
Your pictures are amazing....the farm, the ocean...I love it all. You must be so excited about your trip...I would love to go to Africa.ReplyDelete
reading your posts are like a mini vacation. i feel refreshed and peaceful after seeing these beautiful images and following along on your daytrip......lovely, lovely, as alwaysReplyDelete
Thank you so much for taking me along this dreamy road full of animals, knitting, food, and the sea. I have loved every glimpse of your past week and think I would very much like to have you as a knitting teacher.
I only have one small problem. I think you have kidnapped my King Charles Spaniel. Seriously identical although yours is possibly older than our Gaspard?
Africa is drawing nearer...
hee hee, the kcs isn't ours, i saw him on the beach. but i would have kidnapped him if i could! you have an adorable dog stephanie! thank you :)Delete
Great post Lori. And what a lovely week you seem to have had. The sea, knitting, flowers and dogs ... such happy things :DReplyDelete
Oh gosh, your excitement is infectious!!! Enjoy the packing; your photos are delicious as always xxxReplyDelete
If you could just transport to the sea , I'd be very happy! It looks idyllic. I could quite happily never leave that farm too xxxReplyDelete
Love your pockets, love those doggies, and love Libby!ReplyDelete
Dear Lori, what a fantastic week you have shared with us. I love everything about it. And guess what I love most, well, Libby, of course! What a dream it must be to spin her wool. The designer pieces look sooo wonderful! Oh, yeah, this fiber to yarn thing has really got me going - I am getting my own spinning wheel by next week :-))ReplyDelete
I wonder what color will come out of that huge old mushroom. It must be very, very valueable dye, right?
I am wishing you all the best for the exhiting, coming days of packing, preparing, calming, enjoy it all and take it fully! Love, Gesche
P.S. I really tried very hard not to start my comment with "Oh Lori" but, alas, some "Oh Lori" must be said! ;-)Delete
thank you gesche, the wool was amazingly soft, i am hoping someday to purchase a little to try. the colors the mushroom are supposed to produce are earthy ones, tan, orange, reds. i would have loved to see that! and your own wheel, yippe!Delete
Hi Lori, what an adventure I've just had. Thanks so much for including me in your travels. Such a beautiful farm and that goat is glorious. Such beautiful photos, every single one!ReplyDelete
Beautiful, beautiful pics!!!ReplyDelete
About the apricot gelato....I'm not sure it's the most popular flavour in Italy, simply because you can't find it so easily like the other fruit options, as lemon, strawberry or pistacchio!!! By the way, I'm Italian!!!
that is good to know alessandra! i now have a good reason to return to the gelato shop (wink wink) i need to let the server know (that told me that)! (and get some more apricot, yum yum)Delete
:) thank you!
I am Italian too and I agree with Alessandra. As a kid I was allowed strawberry and lemon then it was more creamier flavors. My son has chocolate, of course. Lots of popular favors but my sense is that when you buy ice cream to take to somebody's house and you don't know their taste you get crema(which is like custard), fiordilatte/panna(cream), chocolate and stracciatella(chocolate chip); on the lighter side you get yoghurt and strawberry. My personal favourite is hazelnut. When I go back to Modena to visit I notice the great increase in candy bar flavors : last time I even found bufalina, which is cream but made with buffalo milk!!!Delete
Oh my my my. I don't even know where to start! My brain is all lit up from the sights. That crab! It's huge! All the adorable pups. I'd never seen a cashmere goat before. That chicken shot was fantastic! And then to see their twins at the shop made me laugh. Incredible beauty everywhere. I'm glad you had a spectacular weekend! xoxoReplyDelete
Ahh, it almost feels like I was there. Thanks for bringing me on the journey.ReplyDelete
Now wait a minute, a mushroom? I didn't know they grew so big. Or live a century!ReplyDelete
Amazing crab too, watch your toes when you go beachcombing in Carpenteria.
we didn't either julie! the crab was huge. i probably should have put my toes near him for perspective, it was enormous. i wasn't sure if it were alive, and didn't really want to bother him.Delete
Am I a horrible person for thinking "yum" when I saw that crab pic? Love your beach pictures, wish I was there to feel the sand between my toes and breath that salty airReplyDelete
beautiful photos, the beach, the giant clawed crab and the beautiful farm! I especially like the adorable cashmere goat:)ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos .....as ever! I could be happy in that gorgeous little red and white house too...sigh...ReplyDelete
a beautiful happy day out! that beach looks amazing. and Owen always makes me smile xReplyDelete
Lori, everything is so wonderful, I love the goats! Glad you had a happy week. I sent my pendants 4 days ago so they should be arriving any minute, save room :-). Kisses to Owen xoxoReplyDelete
What a beautiful day! I love the goat being sheared, with her face still all fuzzy. I hope they left her with a beard. :D And all the lovely talk about gelato has made me very hungry!ReplyDelete
multiple comments: i can't help it...ReplyDelete
there are two photos here i quite adore: the first of your magical ocean from above and the second the panoramic view of blue hill farms. Both shut off my present day reality and transported me to the way i saw things in childhood. i kept looking at your shot of blue hill farm and wondered if it was real. Was it my toy farm set as i remembered it? i had to rub my eyes, lori.
and a third: my Mother's name is Rose and she and my Father loved their roses and there is my Mother front and center with her family of roses surrounding her. i know you understand.
you are a sorcerer, lori. it is a gift and you use it very wisely
i'll be back because i haven't even started about your mail and that cashmere and those dogs and chickens and that sheep and that child and italy's most famous gelato, which i see you have stirred a little controversy about and i am smiling at that too.
feel the love, lori
You know how you commented on that picture of the white house, with the "I could be happy here"? That's how I feel about this blog. Your posts are always a sort of sunny, sandy, day-trip to the beach full of warmth and color and sunshine.ReplyDelete
For reals. Your blog brightens my day every time I visit.
I think you could be happy living there. I think there's quite a few of us that could be happy there. Beautiful photos and what a beautiful day. Love the cashmere goat.ReplyDelete
( Not wishing to be controversial - I have fond memories of collecting crates of apricots and making ice cream, when I lived in Italy as a child. I'm not italian, so maybe it was an english thing to do. I can't remember buying apricot ice cream. You have brought back memories!)
Fave Photos ~ Lagoon... crab on beach and goat ~ the chickens are a close call for my fave too! I love the scene of the 100 year old mushroom...who knew a mushroom could live that long? Not me. Such a informative post....can't wait for AFRICA!!!!!!ReplyDelete
A lovely week you have had Lori, thank you for the trip through your days.ReplyDelete
Dear Ms. Graham:ReplyDelete
This is the Italian Government, Ice Cream & Gelato Division. I have been assigned to investigate this matter. Please send all available documentation before the African sun sets. Or rises.
Geraldo Gelato Esq
Oh wow. I'd loved to be on that farm...ReplyDelete
And the beach - can't wait for summer to come here :)
Great post Lori! What a huge crab and what sweet doggies! I feel quite envious of your beach trip and your clear skies - we have had nothing but spring showers here in my bit of England!ReplyDelete
I love it all, but then when it is your photos, how could I not? Even though the water images are amazing and sheep are adorable, Owen always wins out in my mind.ReplyDelete