Julia and I will be visiting the local Sheep and Wool Festival on Sunday. For all you Boston fiberholics and knitters, Cummington is a quick drive - about two hours. It is just west of Northampton. "Cummington," as local fiber people call it, is a nice, small-time, family friendly fiber festival - dog trials, sheep shows, and some yarn but not at all crowded. It's all about the kids showing and how much work it takes to be a fiber farmer.
I have a feeling The Farmer is going to be making hay. Yes, it is that time of year already. So much hay to cut, so little time, and a business to run besides. He is hoping that the weather will cooperate and that it can all be put up into round bales and wrapped for sileage successfully. I am, on the other hand, hoping it will rain just enough on Sunday so he will race to get it all taken care of Saturday night.
I have to find a friend to go with if The Farmer can't go - I'm meeting up with Guido from "It's a Purl Man" podcast fame for a quick interview. Julia loves to talk, has been on the radio several times, and would definitely steal the show. I hope it happens because I think podcasting is a great medium .... and with my book coming out in the fall, it might help create a buzz.... I've listened to a bunch of interviews over at Knitcast. But once again, my slow connection lessens my desire to listen to podcasts that are too long. I downloaded an interview of Guido's but had to do it overnite because after 3 hours of downloading it was only 30% finished. All you out there with quick connections, I'm envious.
But then if I had a quick connection, I probably wouldn't be looking at this bucolic sight.
To tell you the truth, it isn't too bucolic nor pastoral - look hard. That sheep is scratching its back on our apple trees. Sheep are so totally destructive. Last week, they were grazing the lawn and The Farmer forgot to remove the Adirondack chairs. You guessed it, they are now a heap of sticks. Outdoor stuff just has a short life around here because of the darn critters. I've got to remember to just keep picking up stuff on the side of the road because anything nice in the yard is toast. Two hundred pounds of sheep times 150 can do a bunch of damage.