Sunday, December 8

Busy People Are Happy People...And Tired Too...


Hi All…I’ve finally found a few minutes to write a blog entry since the last one of last Monday the 2nd. We busted our butts on Monday and Tuesday to finish up the shop and get it opened on Thursday.





 
This is our old fashioned packaging system... 
 
 Remember the coned string that went to the ceiling, through eyes to hang at the packaging area?
 
We finished last Tuesday evening, so early Wednesday morning we hit the road to Vermont and Farther north in Upstate New York to pick up a special item for Christmas. While in Washington County, we checked for spinning wheels and fiber swifts in a couple of antique shops…coming up empty handed until the last guy turned us on to a gent just outside of Cambridge. There we found a fiber swift worthy of repairing for Vick to use. We also found a little spinning wheel that I can fix, but it will take extensive work to get it operating for Vick to use. She fell in love with the little wheel that everyone forgot…stuffed away in an antique shop amongst a bunch of other things from years gone by. This guy was very reasonable with the prices, understanding the extent of repairs I was going to have to make to both items, so we purchased them and headed home, reassuring him that we would take any new items he found…complete units or pieces thereof. As long as the prices are right, we’ll keep his items moving for him.

 We had a sandwich and coffee for lunch here...
 
 Main Street Café...Bennington, VT
 
 My lovely, sweet wife, Vick...
 
We moved on to Shaftsbury General Store in VT... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday rolled around and I built a fire in the wood stove and we opened the farm and fiber shop. No one stopped. Friday was the same thing…not one person stopped for anything…not even a dozen eggs.
Today, we went to Stockbridge, Massachusetts where we met Vick’s Aunt Sheila and Uncle Charlie, and his daughter, Tina, her husband Charlie and one son Tate for lunch at the Red Lion Inn. When we arrived, there was a harpist playing in the lobby by a burning fireplace and beautiful ten foot Christmas tree.
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For the next two hours, we dined and visited, laughing and listening as everyone told of tales and adventures from days gone by or recent happenings within the family. When we departed the Inn, we checked in a little shop that sold old CD’s, videos, books and magazines from long ago. It’s a beautiful town that really has its act together. They do something every day on the weekends around Christmas time and tomorrow, they will do a re-enactment of Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas which appeared in the December 1967 issue of McCall’s. "I just love Stockbridge," exclaimed Norman Rockwell of the town that was home for the last 25 years of his life. "I mean Stockbridge is the best of America, the best of New England." It was here that Rockwell painted some of his most celebrated pictures. "There's almost nobody in town I haven't painted."

Tomorrow they will close off a portion of Main Street shown in the picture and re-create the street to 1967…with exact replica cars parked in the same spots as the picture depicts.

Wish we could have gone tomorrow rather than today, but we would not have missed the family get together for anything in this world.

So……as you can see from all the pictures, we have been really, really busy. Tomorrow, we sit in the shop and relax waiting on customers… Ahhh…yes…Maybe it’ll snow.   

  This is Main Street, Stockbridge, MA
This is Norman Rockwell's painting...and how the street will look
 



 Red Lion Inn...
 
 It's a beautiful Inn...in a beautiful town...
 
 Hand made with all real candies, chocolates and marshmallows...
 
 Aunt Sheila and Uncle Charlie...Great people we love very much...
 

 A beautiful house Sotheby's auction house is selling...soon 
 
 Condominiums next door...beautiful neighborhood... 
 
 

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