Saturday, October 26, 2019

Happy Halloween Hooking


Tonight two of our besties are coming for 
wine and stir fry and scary movies.
We'll begin with Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!
And perhaps the Disney short Sleepy Hollow.
Very atmospheric.

When we raised our kids we were involved with churches
that were outspoken against Halloween.
But we always took our kids out trick-or-treating.
I loved seeing the other kiddies' costumes
and happy faces
and seeing old neighbors and meeting new ones.
And I've always liked graveyards.
Being a pastor's kid our manse was always close
to or beside graveyards.
I never feared them but always liked the quiet 
and the huge expanses of green.
As little girls, my sister and I would pluck flowers from
 recent burial bouquets and present them to mom.
Oh dear!

Stones are sometimes beautifully ornate with carved angels, devils, 
willows or lambs while others are simpler with names and dates.
All represent such stories!
When we were in Boothbay Harbour, Me., we came across
a cemetery on our walk.

Poor old Alfred Gaswell.
His stone is being swallowed by a tree.
It's difficult to tell, but the bottom of the stone is airborn.

My hooking is coming along.
It is hard to tell, but the background colour is a brown-purple.

(P is for Primitive design).

What are you working on??
Something Fall-y??

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

October Trip

I've been hooking away at this mat by
P is for Primitive and have come this far.
I like the way that the images come right up to the borders.

Last weekend we took our rv
on the last trip of the season.
We drove down to Boothbay Harbour, Maine.
What a lovely lovely spot!
And what lovely lovely people!
We had planned to set up camp there and then
drive into Camden, Maine to hike but there were
AMPLE paths around Boothbay.

There are so many little causeway roads to small islands
which are covered in pines and craggy rocks.

Lucy is limited due to arthritis but she had a blast
as well!

And here is a tip-- take a wander into thrift shops in the place
you are touring.
Often you can find local pottery and art for a fraction of the prices 
of the area boutiques.
The thrift store I went into had paintings of ships and
lots of lobster knickknacks but look what else I found (and bought):

The Heirloom Rug design is old and on burlap
but for $2 is a bargain.
I will trace it out onto linen.
The book was $1.99 and will be donated to our
hooking group's library.

A Fredericton friend dyed these pieces of wool

All I know is that she used both fresh and dried leaves
and old iron nails soaked in something.
I'm very attentive.
Aren't they works of art?

Unfortunately our home is still on the market.
We get less than 5 trick-or-treaters each Halloween
and I want to live in a neighborhood with loads of trick-or-treaters
which means kids and community.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

My “Grandmother’s Rug” (see previous post)
is getting to the fussy point;
when I hook a width of border,
especially an oval rug’s border,
it’s hard to get an even width all the way around.
And since I hook like I cook (I hate to count or measure)
this poses a frustrating finish for me.
SO, I set it aside, temporarily of course,
to start this one by P is for Primitive.

The ladies at the mental health group
always put me in a better mood.
This term we have only three which is the smallest 
number we’ve ever had.
These women come every week
to hook for ninety minutes.
They have said that the rhythm of the art
and the company is helpful.
I agree! 
Here is what they are working on:
This woman is legally blind; we outline the figures and she fills!
This woman is a color and design master!
One woman traced her grandma's hands as she lay dying.
She is hooking the hands from
 her grandma's clothing to give to relatives.
Our hood is looking autumnal!
I took these on my walk this morning.

And this weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving!
Technically it falls on Monday but families 
around here seem to celebrate on one or 
all days of the long weekend.
Some make rounds to all the family groups.
The celebration is more casual than in the States
and it does not quick off the Christmas season
so there is no rush to the retail shops. 
Our neighbour has us to her cottage since we have no family.
Such a special place to share.

I leave you with a local recipe which is over 100 years
for a yummy apple cake

Keswick Ridge Apple Cake
1 C sugar
1 C shortening
1 C raisins
2 C tea
2 large apples sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 C flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp b powder
1 tsp salt

Cook first 8 ingredients until apples are soft. Cool to lukewarm.
In bowl, stir together remaining dry ingredients.
Stir into wet mixture.
Bake at 350 in a 9 X 13 pan for approx 1 hour.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

King's Landing

Once more I explored King's Landing, a live history
village here near Fredericton, NB.
The leaves were turning, the air was rich with wood smoke and apples,
and the sky was just overcast enough to deter crowds!
My friend, Teresa, strapped her 10 month old granddaughter to her 
and we hit the paths.

The mill I hooked last year

A woman strings beans to dry for winter
I love these vignettes
A determined sheep reaches for the apples

After we had hot spiked cider in the candle-lit pub
we stopped at the gift shop.
They were trying to sell heavier pieces as the season is ending.
I nabbed this table and Teresa got a buffet
at 60% off!
Having a truck was convenient...

Home again.
My Grandma's Rug is really coming along