Friday, April 09, 2010

A Trip to the Farm

Our last day of Spring Break fun was spent at two lovely little farms that belong to family members.   Little being a relative term of course.   Both farms are about 25 acres each and have horses, cows, a few chickens and a couple or three donkeys.  Check out this house on my cousin's farm:

The barns for the farm are across a good sized pond.  On the other side of the farm you can see this:

Oh, and look at this old copper washing machine that we saw in the barn.  Thank God for modern appliances.

We also saw this cute little fellow poking his head through a wall in the stalls:

And of course, if you are on a farm, you have to drive a tractor don't you?

I got a souvenir from the farm as well.  As soon as I turned by back on one of the cows, she decided to lick the side of my pants leg.  Yuck.  Cows have slimy dirty tongues.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Apparition Yarn

There's been no knitting while at the lake.  Not because I didn't bring it, but because I've been playing with this:

It's been forever since I've gotten out my wheel, but I was inspired on this trip.   The first fiber that I spun was 4 ounces of 100% merino from the KnitWitch from her Essoterica line in the "Apparition" colorway which you can see in this post.   Yes, it's been almost a year since it was purchased.  I'm a little slow to get things done, okay?

Here it is pre-drafted into some little bird's nests:

And here are the singles from it:

Finally, it was Navajo plied into this:

It's still on the bobbin and hasn't been blocked yet.  I'll probably wait until I get home to finish up the yarn that I make while I'm down here at the lake.  It's a lovely yarn and the pics aren't doing it justice.  Once it's finally finished I'll be sure and show you how it ultimately turns out.

If you look at the link to the fiber that I purchased last year, besides the Knit Witch yarn, you'll see another bit of roving as well.  I'm currently getting it predrafted and ready for spinning now.  8 ounces of luscious softness.  70% wool and 30% seacell in a wonderful coral based colorway.  I'm having a ball spinning yarn this week!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The Trip to Podunk

Today we took the boys to Cheaha State Park.  It's part of the Appalachian mountains and is the highest point in the state of Alabama and it's a beautiful "little" park, if your definition of little is 2719 acres.    It's also one of the oldest parks in the state. 

The pics are not great.   I forgot my camera and had to use my cell phone camera.

This old building's stone work was lovely.  The kids kept getting put out with me for making them stand still to take pics.

It got a little sunny at the park too.

Later we enjoyed driving an hour longer than we should have thanks to getting lost coming down the mountain.  One wrong turn and you end up in Podunk, AL.  I wouldn't suggest doing that.  The Clampett's will be glad to see you though.  Oh, and their neighbors, Ma and Pa Kettle.  

I'm exhausted now and am going to go sip on my Margerita.  Night all!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Easter Fun

Day One of Spring Break began with Easter Day at the lake:

The men folk went fishing:

 Mommy made them all look bad, I caught a catfish.  It wasn't exactly what I was fishing for, but who worries about that anyway?  No fish were harmed and all were thrown back.  Please don't sic PETA on me, okay?

We also proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that my Mom's cat is demonic (and we did it on Easter too):

There was also some Easter Egg hunting:

Oh, and there might have also been some booty shaking, but we're not going to tell the Pastor that the booty shaking was done on a Sunday: