Over so quickly!

It’s a good thing I had a fabulous weekend at Rhinebeck, because I had no sooner gotten home and put my jammies on than we had our own little ground-floor tsunami. The plumber is here right now trying to figure out how bad it is. So I’m going to ignore the sound of the Wet-Vac and remember the amazing weekend I just had.

It always feels like the Promised Land, when you see that gate before you.

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Look how happy Jim is!

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This year, we beat the traffic jam and got there early. Before long, the gates opened and voila!

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the fairgrounds in a riot of autumnal colors.

Look how happy I am!

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The grounds were organized a bit different this year; food vendors were moved out of some of the center walkways (we heard people say that insurance regulations required food to be kept a certain minimum number of feet away from livestock) and I thought it made the fair seem roomier. There were plenty of people there, but except for a few of the bigger barns, it didn’t seem excessively crowded.

We saw old friends

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and met some IRL (as the young kids say) for the first time.

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You know the drill:  so many sheep!

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and although we have a tendency to goggle at how cute they are (or covet the wool on their backs), it’s good to remember that this is a show for breeders, farmers and shepherds, too.

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It’s also a pleasure to see so many like-minded souls, keeping handcrafts alive, whether weaving,

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or spinning,

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or carding wool.  (After seeing the ventriloquist, though, I’m not sure I find all old-time crafts equally compelling.)

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I know, you’re ready for photos of woolly goodness:

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locks

 

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WHAT ABOUT THE ALPACAS, you say???

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Yes, we saw many beautiful alpacas and llamas too.

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It’s a pleasure and sometimes even a thrill to see the beautiful things that people make with their hands, whether spindles,

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woven blankets,

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an exquisite lace shawl (well-done, prize organizers, for allowing the light to shine through and show us all the detail),

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or handspun yarn.

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What? You want more alpacas?

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Fine.

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Happy now?


2 Thoughts

  1. Kate says:

    Ahhh, Alpaca fix. Just can’t have too many alpacas! Great writeup, great photographs (and Jim! Rocking that SHAWL!! Very excellent). Here’s to Rhineback 2014….. :)

  2. Mel says:

    And, as usual, we got to see far too little of you. Someday there must be an evening of boozing and fun.

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