Fall Projects

In my mind I was going to create one of those catchy slide shows…you know, the ones that click through 100 amazing photos in 2.5 minutes accompanied by some up-beat music…that’s why it’s been so long since the last posting. But the weather has been spectacular and I’ve found a thousand reasons not to be in the office doing computer chores…so here are a few of the photos that may some day make it into the snappy slide show…

Our last two weeks in snips:

This Fall's honey harvest was bountiful...and the honey tastes of apple blossoms.  It's going to be a sweet winter!
This Fall’s honey harvest was bountiful…and the honey tastes of apple blossoms. It’s going to be a sweet winter!
Tray after tray of honey cells...interestingly the color of the honey is the same color I get when we dye our wool with oregano plants.
Tray after tray of honey cells…interestingly the color of the honey is the same color I get when we dye our wool with oregano plants.

I spent Columbus Day Weekend on Deer Isle at the Haystack School of Crafts. The program is open by lottery and I won a slot in the Blacksmithing class…it was SO MUCH fun…exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. I loved the molten metal and being surrounded by all of the artistic souls…the hammering was seriously hard work. Steven stayed home and kept the campground running smoothly…how lucky am I?

Arriving at Haystack on Friday afternoon...3 days of learning the art of blacksmithing for Astrig...heaven.
Arriving at Haystack on Friday afternoon…3 days of learning the art of blacksmithing for Astrig…heaven.
My principal project was a door handle shaped like a honey bee for the pizza oven Steve is building at the studio.  Doug Wilson was a fantastic teacher...that's me with the acetylene torch (just a few days ago I didn't know what acetylene was)
I wanted to make a door handle for the new pizza oven…a honey bee of course. Doug was a fantastic teacher…that’s me with the acetylene torch to make the coil for the bee’s body. (just a few days ago I didn’t know what acetylene was)
I wanted to make a door handle for the new pizza oven...a honey bee of course.  This is Jeff Towe of Mount Desert Island.  He was the Blacksmith's assistant...a full artist in his own right and such a wonderful teacher...he guided me through the bee...and did the heavy pounding so that I wouldn't feel bad.
This is Jeff Towe of Mount Desert Island. He was the Blacksmith’s assistant…a full artist in his own right and such a wonderful teacher…he guided me through the bee…and did the heavy pounding so that I wouldn’t feel bad.
Hanging out...gorgeous
Hanging out
Steven started the pizza oven at the art studio...he's using clay from the property.
Steven started the pizza oven at the art studio with Mike and Larry on Columbus Day Weekend using blue clay from the property
Getting taller...
Getting taller…
Today's the day we harvest the wool
We’ve harvested all the fall wool…pounds and pounds of mohair for winter spinning projects
Betsy helped me shear Trevor...as she scratches his ears I clip.  It takes a real sheep shearer about 8 minutes to clean an animal...we took about 4 hours to get the job done but can report happily that we didn't draw blood
Betsy helped shear Trevor…while she scratches his ears I clip. It takes a real sheep shearer about 8 minutes to clean an animal…we took about 4 hours to get the job done but can report happily that we didn’t draw blood
The foggy morning and Maggie's going to get a haircut.
We saved Maggie for last…this is her first haircut since she came into our living room last March…click the link below to see her first video

https://searsportshores.com/2013/03/13/little-maggie-the-lamb-first-week-at-searsport-shores-campground-pt-1/

Steve's hand was steady and Maggie was as compliant as an angel
Steve’s hand was steady and Maggie was as compliant as an angel
Maggie munching broccoli after her hair cut
The new Maggie munching broccoli caption][caption id="attachment_3926" align="alignnone" width="361"]Working the dye pot...the objective was to match the colors of the dahlias in the dye garden...mission achieved! As soon as the wool was washed I start working the dye pot…the objective was to match the colors of the dahlias in the dye garden…mission achieved!
Taking time for a hike.  Late this summer we acquired 100+ acres across the street and have plans to develop hiking and biking trails for all of us to enjoy
Plans for the winter? Late this summer we acquired 100+ acres across the street and intend to develop hiking and biking trails for all of us to enjoy

The Sun over Searsport

The Sun over Searsport

Wow…August was a cheerful blur, September was as bountiful as it was colorful and October slipped in while I was daydreaming at the beach. I apologize for how long it has been since the last posting…and promise more in the week to come…lots of pictures and catching up. In the meantime, this was the view from site 14 this morning.

Cleaning Up for Clean Up Weekend

We’ve had an amazing stretch of weather…and we’ve all been spending more time outside than in because there are projects happening all over the campground…I don’t dare take photos of the messiest ones yet but soon I’ll show you the store/office completely re-done and the bathhouse has been given a new ceramic tile floor and paint job…is there anything more stress inducing thrilling than picking out new paint colors?

The bees are so happy Steve had to rush to prepare a new bee box before they overflowed the hive
The bees are so happy Steve had to rush to prepare a new bee box before they overflowed the hive
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If we didn’t paint it already, we’re just waiting to paint it soon…
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The fog rolling in over the Bay this evening
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Home grown wood processing on the Land Trust across the road
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The goats are thrilled to have new visitors again…they tire of seeing just us all winter long
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Why does colored plastic at the hardware store seem so enticing?

 

If you’re coming our way for the 20th annual Clean Up Weekend…rest assured that we’ve left plenty to do and look forward to seeing you rain or shine!Β  If you’d like to join us on Friday night, we’ll have a bit of a cocktail party by the fire to celebrate the new addition on the rec hall…pictures to follow πŸ˜‰

What did Your World Sound Like Today?

What did Your World Sound Like Today?

My world crackled with dried pine boughs, the gurgle of the stream (quivering with elvers), the lapping of the waves, the distant sound of bell buoys and the cacophony of sea birds…gulls and ducks and osprey.

The fog changes our perceptions of distance…Steven’s chainsaw at the art studio sounded miles away but the bell buoys off Sears Island sounded like you could reach out and touch them…a magical afternoon of chores.

What did you hear today?