to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

I never know

I walk on our peaceful road with my dogs as many times a week as I have time for. Sometimes I do the long walk, sometimes the short. Barely do I ever see a human or an automobile. Even though I am often alone in my thoughts, I am always fascinated with what things I do find.

Sometimes I bring my camera. When I do, it certainly slows my progress because I tend to pay more attention to every little thing when I have it in my hands. Not a bad thing – I’ve just got to have the time to slow down which these days isn’t available. It’s all I can do today, to get to what I have to do, without adding unnecessary things – even though I like to do them.

Last week, when I wasn't quite as frantic, I took a walk without my camera. I was barely 100 yards from the house when I heard a sound I didn't recognize. I thought it was some kind of woodpecker. Upon arriving at the general area of the sound, I looked up and saw some tiny raccoons clinging to a large old maple. I ran back to the house to get my camera, ran back to the tree. By that time, they were almost back in their little hole. Here they are.

Those little guys made my day. I walked further up the road with my mind racing about the little guys. Where was their mom? Were they alone? Did that giant coyote I saw the week before do her in? Were they alone and fending for themselves?

I kept walking up, up, up. I came to the swinging gate. The gate to nowhere. I pass this gate a lot. Sometimes it is creaking. Sometimes it is singing. Sometimes it is gently moving with the breeze. Sometimes it is perfectly still. I doubt the gate has been used in a long time. It's up off the road on a steep slope probably on a patch of earth where the road used to go - before the road was friendly for cows, not cars. Now it swings in the air without a care in the world keeping noone in or out - entertaining me and whoever else is fascinated by this kind of mystery who happens to walk by.

The dogs and I turn around at the top of the hill, me deciding I had better get back to my project at hand - that I have wasted enough time communing with nature. On the way down the hill, just past the swinging gate, I stop at a plant I have been looking at since it sprouted. I thought it was a trillium that hadn't bloomed. I decided to investigate.

This is what I found - a beautiful jack in the pulpit with three incredible blossoms. I am sure I have seen these before in my life - I just can't remember when.

The beautiful blossoms were a lovely dark maroon and cream stripe. The undulating path of the stripes is indescribly gentle and beautiful.

I went home, excited with what I had seen. Glad to have taken a break that day.


Willow said...

I look at your photos with new eyes since you posted about colors last week.
Today--green, gray, brown, maroom. What a lovely combination!

Love those cute raccoon faces! almost as cute as Templeton.

Lisa W said...

What a pleasant walk, with all kinds of colour inspiration.

Peggy said...

What wonderful pictures and commentary. Oh, how it makes me miss our house up in the woods.

Marcy said...

What a wonderful walk! Thanks for sharing it, Kristen.

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Marcy said...

How weird is this? The next blog I went to after yours also had a pic of a Jack in the Pulpit she saw on a walk. My friend Stephanie: http://klosekraft.typepad.com , the 5/30 entry.

Felicia said...

Wow, thanks for taking us along on your beautiful walk!

knittingiris said...

Those two little raccoons are the sweetest things! Then, the jack in the pulpit, oh my! I've only seen those being sold in pots in a nursery, never in the woods. Gorgeous!
So much for "wasting time communing with nature." Hardly.

Peg-woolinmysoup said...

Enjoy your walks. Since you showed in the picture with the lilacs how you choose colours for a project, I tend to look at your photos with a different eye. Beautiful faces, with beautiful colours. Jack-in-the pulpit - never seen one like this, although I have seen the Pitcher Plant which is similar. They are beautiful and certainly food for one's soul!!

ellen said...

Oh, what a wonderful walk! Inspiration, quietude, calming and restoring...much better than any pill! Thanks for sharing.

Diana said...

What a fabulous place you live! The raccoons are adorable and I do hope mom is nearby. I enjoy your blog!

Mama Urchin said...

Those raccoons are too cute.

amy said...

It must be baby raccoon season :-)
Here's my post about ours:

Miss Eagle said...

Kristin, are you trying for a Most Beautiful Post award? Don't know which picture I loved best: the raccoons or the creaking gate to nowhere.

Blessings and bliss