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.

Friday, June 01, 2007


The other day, I was rushing off in the middle of the day to go with Julia and her class on their nature field trip. Something flew in front of me. I thought it was a wild turkey. I backed up the car and in a tree perched rather low, I saw this owl.

Once again, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Baby raccoons and now an owl all in two days. I had my camera and snapped. He flew into the woods deeper and I zoomed and snapped again. We sat there staring at each other and then I remembered the field trip. Late again.

After the long winter, it’s amazing how much wildlife we are seeing. Everyone is out and about, including the humans.

Does anyone know what kind of owl he is? I think he may be a spotted owl according to this owl website. I hope I see him/her again. What luck.


somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

I love reading about your adventures and seeing your photos. They always shout "Go buy a farm NOW before it's too late!"
Bunny hugs,

Susan R. said...

I'm slow...I've just noticed that the kitten picture has a name. Templeton. What a great name. Conjures up visions of English butlers, but I bet he's named after the mouse from Charlotte's Web, who eats too much at the fair, right? I have a cat named Kingsley, because he always behaved as if he deserved royal treatment.

Al said...

What a lovely owl! It looks like a Barred Owl - I believe they frequent this area, and it looks just like the one I saw at my grandparent's cottage in NH. It doesn't really matter what the species is though, you got a great photo! It's so nice that you saw it with your daughter - so many people never see an owl - I made my 79 year old grandma trek out in the woods so she could see the one I found! Thanks for sharing this and your great raccoon pictures :) Allison

knittingiris said...

Fantastic luck!

Willow said...

What a great shot. I wonder if s/he is a young one.

Laurel said...

Beautiful. You've really gotten some spectacular shots the past couple of days. I want to live where you do. The most wildlife we get around here are the squirrels who waddle by to steal the cat food.

Sile Convery said...

That owl looks great. I still remember how exciting it was when I saw my first owl just by chance.

Scribbles & Bits said...

I love all these animal pictures! I want to throw on my hiking boots now!

Julie said...

I'm a birder AND a knitter, and yep, it's a barred owl (spotted owls are only in the western U.S) They're generally secretive so you're lucky to get such a great view!!

Simmy said...

I can see you were just as excited at seeing an owl as I was. We had one nesting in our tree and I occassionally caught glimpses of the father gliding about with food. But one day the baby showed itself for hours - it was a lovelt sght and one I may not see again.