Harvest Jubilee

Yes, I promised you pictures of Harvest Jubilee. Here are a few quick ones:

Miniature Donkey mare and foal

The mama donkey is probably not more that 30 inches tall, which makes the foal very tiny. There’s nothing cuter than a fuzzy face with big eyes and little tiny hooves. This little guy was all tuckered out after the festivities of the day. So was his mom. I was actually kneeling down when I took this shot. That tells you how small these little equines are.

I resisted the urge to take one home. I must remember, and properly recite, the horseowner’s mantra: I do not need another horse…I do not need another horse…

Alpaca Convention

Alpacas come in so many beautiful colors. There were weavers and spinners on site, demonstrating how fleece becomes clothing. There was one baby alpaca who had found a small gravel area and was rolling around, having a good scritch. It was quite the giggle-fest.

This farm is actually for sale as the owner is consolidating herds with another producer and they want to be closer together. They have a beautiful barn (yes, I was having barn-envy) and the place is fully fenced. It was lovely.

Booths at the Country Store

 There was a great showing of groups, vendors, handicrafts, and food at the Country Store. In addition, there were musicians playing and a fabulous assortment of horses, cows, and goats, which were brought in by their owners. Since the weather was great that day, the turnout was fairly huge. It’s always good to see people visiting the farms.

Newsbits 10-1-2010

There’s always something going on here. In fact, maybe too much. Here are a few things happening in the world of farming:

  • The state of Kerala, in India, has made it a new policy to go completely organic within the next 5 years. This is in response to the estimated 200,000 suicides among farmers since 1997. (See my earlier post on this.)
  • We now have a new Slow Food group in my neighborhood, Port Susan Slow Food. I think I’ll have to join.
  • The Harvest Jubilee was a gas! There were lots of people, lots of farms, and the cutest thing I’ve ever seen – a miniature donkey foal. Seriously, the “awww” factor was rediculous. Pictures are forthcoming.

Rural folk Intentions

The one hesitation I had when I originally pondered a rural life was whether I would feel isolated so far out in the country. Well, I needn’t have been concerned. This is the most hopping place…

(Yes, that’s an Easter pun.)

Starting in April, there is at least one festival per weekend, and, usually several. Rural folk intentionally gather and celebrate all aspects of country life and they do it with such glee.
This weekend, we attended the Garden Faire and then traveled to the Fidalgo Island Quilters show. Yes, that’s a bit much for one day, but we soldiered through.

The Garden Faire is the summer’s introduction to the local gardening organizations and suppliers. Wild Song, the organic nursery across the street, sponsors this event. It’s so fun hanging out with all our friends there. The Harvest Jubilee, our autumn farm festival, was represented, (more on that in a later post), as was the Master Gardener’s group. The National Wildlife Federation had experts talking about their Wildlife Habitat program, which helps people create havens for wild animals within their own yards. They’ll be having garden tours later this year on Camano Island.

Of course, there were lots of local vendors, with some amazing, hand-crafted products: African baskets made on-site, painted glass, fudge (yum), metal garden art, music, plants, BBQ, jewelry, and, of course, espresso.

Sufficiently tanked up on coffee, I drove our little group to Anacortes and we spent the afternoon staring at textile art. In one of my earlier posts, I talked about the integration of diverse cultures into the art of quilting. This show highlighted that integration and then added a few new techniques. Many of the quilts took their inspirations from photography, using embroidery and appliqué to show depth and texture.

So, if you make a quilt, especially if it’s a small one, what do you do with it? (Hey, they can’t all be king-sized masterpieces. That would be a lot of yardage to quilt and it would make my arms tired.) Well, you can hang it on a wall, you can use it on a table, (see?), or you can use it as a throw. You can quilt a vest, a jacket, or a vestry garment.

In fact, the techniques used in quilting often translate into other areas of endeavor. It is, after all, a practice in spatial ability, which teaches the ideals of perspective, the basics of design, and how to work with color. The very best quilts engage you while keeping you warm.

Lest we forget, the big Tulip Festival is going on all this month is the lovely Skagit Valley. Good scenery, good food, and, maybe, thousands of migratory birds for entertainment. Sounds like fun to me.