Last night after supper, DH said “let’s take a look up the hill in the cemetery for fungi”. We weren’t even out of the car and he spotted some. I also found a bunch, “oh, look at this!” “Oh, look at this!” (I had no idea what most of them were). In about 10 minutes we found maybe 10 species, and this cool fairy ring was one of the first things we saw.
On Saturday, I went to Belfast with a friend to Jody Johnstone’s kiln opening. She has a wood fired kiln that she fires up twice a year. It takes four days to load, and then she fires it for 8 days straight. Six cords of wood go into the thing! We got to crawl inside of the kiln, but sadly my camera wasn’t with me. It was VERY. COOL. Here are some photos of the kiln. After the pots come out, she grinds off the ash and other stuff. How could I not get this? As Jody was packing it up, she said she really loved the line on the vase, she thought it was so sexy.
We also went into the new fabric shop, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, and the minute we got through the door, the skies opened up and there was torrential rain and scary thunder and lightning. It went on for quite a while. Something came home with me, but it’s a surprise for somebody, so it’s secret for now!
After that we wandered (it’s around the corner) over to the yarn shop, and I received the nicest compliment from an older gentleman. He said I look like Vanessa Redgrave! Who knew? I told him I loved him, and gave him a big hug.
And then we continued down the hill, looking for lunch, and ended up here,
Laan-Xang Cafe (facebook page). It was FABULOUS!
Small, but very good. Her mom is there for a bit longer, before she heads to her other daughter’s place in Colorado. Mom makes some of the specials… we shared green papaya salad (Thai, omg I’m in love) and an asian noodle salad (Vietnamese I think, also very good).
And I’ve started a Shapely Tank. Not a very exciting pattern to look at, BUT it has short row shaping for the bust, and I’m hoping it will be fitted without being trampy. It’ll be nice to have something that isn’t tentlike!
I was in Bethel on Friday, and got to knit on this during the car ride and during the Maine GIS User Group (MEGUG!) Conference. Here’s my backseat partner on the ride out, the Maine Office of GIS director. Does he look like he knows where he is?
(actually he did)
Zuzu is hypnotized
The girls got some new toys yesterday… The 18million squeaker dragon, and the two-headed snake (a repeat toy). See?
(and yes, that is the Sarah Palin dress up magnet set on the fridge)
Muddle up the petals from a couple of roses (I used rugosa rose)
2 oz gin
1 oz lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
Shake with ice. I put an ice cube in the glass too. It’s very pleasant. I tried it with tequila a week or two ago… it’s better with gin.