march on the battenkill

Came across this quote from Walden by Henry David Thoreau:

“I love the broad margin to my life.”

helpful reminder

consider the richness that comes with broad margins

margins not rigid but porous and expanding…

consider the margins of the battenkill river

early march…

caught in winter with the river and the sky promising spring to come.

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shadow paintings on the rock

 

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goats, kids and games

At the Washington County Fair last week, I spent some time in the goat and sheep tent. I loved the goats and kids and young people. They seem such a match, full of humor and mischief, friendly and talkative…

On Monday evening, I watched the young people practise showing thier goats.

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And getting their goats ready to show.

At the end of fair week, there are goat games!  Hilarious fun to watch.

First up was the sack race.

 

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Next up was dressing up your goat and racing through the course without loosing any of the clothes your goat was wearing.

The onlookers were taking the games quite seriously

And then there was pie eating while blindfolded and holding onto your goat!

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everyone seemed to be having a great time.

now onto fall…

 

scenes from the county fair

This past week was the Washington County Fair, the largest agricultural county fair in New York State.  I visited the fair three times over the course of the week. I loved seeing the young people with their animals, they love … Continue reading

Sheep Shearing at the Bedlam Farm Open House

This weekend was the Open House at Bedlam Farm, hosted by Jon Katz and Maria Wulf.  Jon and Maria have become my dear friends and I had the joy of helping out with the Open House. Hundreds of people from … Continue reading

Being Still

In my wonderful photographers’ workshop (Inspiration, Insight and The Creative Process: The Expanded Vision),  Palmer Davis asked us to create a series of still life portraits of home. I took the opportunity to look at our country home, new in our lives and new to my camera…

 

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cottage view

 

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the nap

 

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in the blue room

 

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collecting shelf

 

Cambridge Memorial Day Parade

This weekend we spent our first Memorial Day in Cambridge, NY.  Our friends, Jon Katz and Maria Wulf invited us to watch the Memorial Day parade with George Forss outside his Ginofor Gallery on Main Street. Memorial Day is conflicting … Continue reading

In the field

I heard a truck driving in the field across the street (in Shushan) and went to investigate.  I met Mike Nolan, from Kenyon Hill Farm.  Kenyon Hill is a large dairy farm just down the road from us, that has 350 milking Holsteins and 350 young stock.

Mike was spreading liquidized manure on the field, which is a hay field.  It took several truck loads to cover the field.

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When I was a kid, we lived on the outskirts of Gardner, MA.  Just down the road from a chicken farm and a dairy farm.  I am loving reconnecting with rural life here in Shushan.

Mike extended an invite to stop by and visit the farm. Looking forward to doing that.