Wow...I can hardly believe that it is Oct. 12th and I have not blogged since September 26th! I have to admit that the fair and my "real" job have kicked my butt hard this year. I also had a few big fiber commitments that really worked me hard after the fair, but I am finally starting to feel as though I am coming up for air...whew! I will share some highlights of the fair with you during the week.
Some of you may have noticed that my "www" website is down. I am in the process of redoing it myself and I was definitely spanked hard when I managed to delete all of the work that I had done over the last week.....for you computer geeks...think "Format C". Ouch! I was hoping to get it up by Wednesday and I am still trying for that, but it may be closer to the end of the week.
Yesterday Ken and I took his mom for a boat ride around Squam Lake in Holderness, NH, via the Holderness Science Center
Squam Lake is where the movie "On Golden Pond" was filmed. It is about 1/2 hour away from Ken and I and just down the river from where Ash and Brian live. Color here in the mountains is just starting to peak and as you can see the day was just about as beautiful and perfect a fall day as there can bee.
In the above picture, we are leaving Little Squam Lake and moving into Squam Lake. Notice the bird flying over the water........you will see more about him a bit later.
Squam Lake is the second largest lake in NH. When you are boating around the lake, it is a bit deceiving as to how large the lake is because of the many little islands it inhabits. This is one of the little islands.....I think this one is "Mouse Island", but I could be wrong.
The Squam Lake Association has very strict guidelines which protect the natural shoreline of the lake. What you do not see when you travel around the lake is any commercialism or shoreline dotted with houses and beaches. What you do see is pretty much what the lake looked like hundreds of years ago.....lots of natural terrain. Houses need to be built away from the shoreline and the land can not be cleared out for views. Whilst there may indeed be a lot of homes...you do not see them.
Remember that flying bird? Squam is a natural habitat for the American Bald Eagle. What a treat it was for us to see this majestic bird flying about the lake and finally landing in one of the trees. I had never seen a Bald Eagle, so this was an exciting first for me.
In addition to the Eagle, the lake is home to our beautiful Loons. Every year the lake association sets up nesting areas for the loons to raise their young. While Squam lake is a very very clean and pristine lake, mercury in the fish is definitely something that is directly affecting loons and their ability to reproduce.
I had to work hard at getting the picture of this loon as he was very busy fishing for dinner. Good thing I had my camera strap around my neck.....'just sayin'.
See that beautiful red tree? I was fascinated to find out that it was a Tupelo tree. I had no idea that the Tupelo was a tree that grew this far north. I did a little research and found that the variety of Tupelo that grows this far north is the Black Gum Tree (Black Tupelo)...one of the oldest trees in New England. Brings it full round circle for me and the beloved bees :).
I have many many more pictures, but I think you get a feeling for the incredibly beautiful day we had. Each year when Autumn rolls around, I truly am amazed at the beauty that surrounds me. I feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the country.
Just to keep this knitting related.....I did take my knitting along :). There is some angora goodness in that little knitting basket.... :)
It sure is good to be back amongst old friends!