Thursday, November 5, 2015

November is underway....

When you are SO far behind ~ and have missed so much, where do you begin?
 Peeped in, in September, then skipped over October all together. 
My goodness, not going to win any BlogTastic Awards on this schedule am I ?  
Clearly, trying to catch up, alllll the way back to the Perpetual Winter post would be a bit much.
Baby steps.

Good then, Let's press on, shall we?

Fasten your seat belt, here we go.

There have been bits of crafting, here and there.

First up,  dabbling with PMC3 (Precious Metal Clay) again.  No, I'm no silversmith, but it's fun and considering that it starts out as a glob of clay, and ends up sterling silver, after a good roasting on your stove top, how can you not love the adventure!  Takes your mind off the shaky results.

 This little birdy was made as a birthday gift for a friend....  it seems you can still get the Milk Man to deliver if you stay in the Lake District in England! Not only milk, but other things too! Dog bones, bird seed... ~ this is a small scale reenactment of the experience.  "He" (yes, that's right, The Milk Man) leaves a piece of slate on top of your milk bottle, so the Blue Tits won't peck thru the top to steal your cream! 

Next thing you know, it's September, and time to go to The Common Ground Fair again! 
We took the train from Thorndike, ME this year ~ If you are in the neighborhood, you NEED to visit Garden Variety and peek into the Dented Can to see what's going on inside!  A great little village, that is really making an effort to bring it's vintage buildings and empty train cars back to life! 
This fabulous little Tear Drop trailer was set up there, selling home dyed and spun yarn!  (yes, that really does say "The Rolling Scones") If you are passing thru Montville, Maine you should stop at Fernwood Nursery (the home base) and meet the nice people who turn wool into fabulously colored yarn, and maybe the sheep who make it ~ and buy some plants too! 
 We enjoyed the fair, as always ~ the animals, all the wonderful wares for sale! We had great weather this year ~ not to hot, not too cold ~ just right, like a good bowl of Porridge.
Goldilocks would have been pleased!  
                                                                        What a Handsome goat! 
                                                         I'm sure he's as gentle as a lamb......

Once back home.... my creative juices kicked in again! 
You see, I saw some adorable paper mache rabbits while visiting The Rolling Scones...
and I needed to have some.  ~ and I do love to learn new things... so this is Rabbit #1.
He's nameless, and yet unfinished, but he's coming along. 
Due check back for updates on his status.
Naturally, we brought home some apples from Maine... and pie is the next natural thing that happens!
             And, after over ten (?) years, my Cork Screw (Snail Vine) Vine FINALLY bloomed! 
This is Levi, he's not a big cuddler, or one that follows me around I had to take advantage when he was sitting there peacefully contemplating life and looking handsome.
               Before you know it, we are back in Maine...
 (yes, a lot of to-ing and fro-ing goes on, it's hard when you are be-twist two lives).
Artsy Apple photo, because why not?
   There's that Snail Vine unfurled, it smells like sweet orchids! 

We had a wild rain storm sweep thru one day, while I was at work. It moved on as swiftly as it arrived, and the sun returned like nothing ever happened.   Fascinating the weather in New England! 
                           I love my kitchen window sill....  it makes me happy inside.

                                                    The Magnificent Pete Purrington.
Cranberry Harvest Season too!
So pretty the reds and blues!

                                                                          Maine born apples.
The first and only black squirrel I have ever seen!  Of course Pinchy T. Squirrel has run the poor thing out of the neighborhood!  Seems Pinchy doesn't want any outsiders taking up tree space!
... and potentially getting more peanuts than him. 
This is the world's tiniest inch worm who came for a ride in the van with me one day!
                                                                   Maine scenery......
                                                     Beautiful colors huh?

                                                A great old barn, on the "Back Roads".
             If you are passing thru Freedom, Maine you should stop in and visit the Pack Rat! 
         A great little shop, with lots of this and that,  and with a super nice owner!!
                      She welds, does lamp work too,  and makes fabulous things!!
                                                  Things to do with your extra apples.
                                  You need some foliage in your day, who doesn't?
                                                           I never get tired of this view.
                                 oh Yes; Country of the Pointed Firs... you go Sarah Orne Jewett. 
Belfast, Maine..... by night.
Oh go ahead, Que the spooky music.
                                                       British Soldier Lichen... love it! 
                                     Art shot.  Old tractor with corn stalks, how can you not?
                                                           Sunrise on the Wankinco River.
                                                                                Me and Jo. 
                                                                                 Belle's Nose
                                          She gets a little bored with the whole photo shoot thing....
                                         Some fall "art", purely for your viewing pleasure! 

                                                                     Funny Boy.

So, there you go ~ a little catch up, and soon(er) than later, we'll meet again!
Show you any progress on Nameless the Bunny, more art and scenery maybe? Perhaps I even have a profound thought or two to share?  (well, thoughts anyway?)
..and maybe some dog photos for those of you I know like them best~
 plus, You all need to meet Reba Beagle still! 
Stay tuned!

All the Best,

Mel  xx    


  1. Some great pictures are on this post Mel. Pete Purrington looks more mature now; handsome guy he is. :-)
    So can we expect another post soon? You know we like to be updated on a regular basis, don't you? Anyhow, thanks for sharing.
    Eve :-)

    1. Yes, (I'm bowing as I type).... I will do my very, very best-est to post more, on a regular basis. I surely don't want you to miss too much. :))))) Ahhhh yes, Pete is a good egg. :))))

  2. Love the pictures and thank you for sharing and look forward to your next posting:o))
    Take care and have a good weekend......Lyn x (Australia)

    1. Thank you for visiting, despite my sparse posting schedule this year!!! :))))

  3. Tickled pink to finally get some blog reading time this morning and find you've posted!!! I skipped over October completely, crazy busy-ness of life leaving no spare time to gather thoughts and photos. I LOVE your window sill. Beautiful escape this morning, thank you!

    1. ha ha, I love my window sill too (maybe too much?)... and the view to the ponies too, make dish doing more entertaining.
      I am pleased to hear that I could be part of your morning! :))))

  4. Wow! You're back... boy are you back... and in style! I LOVE all the photos, they're fab. Really inspiring actually despite the fact you have now made me return to my envious stage :-)
    You should make a book of all your best photographs. That's if you ever have time between all your other craft/creative projects. I can feel that positive vibes have returned to Chez Lorraine. Hoorah!
    Our house move fell through but there are other possibilities in the pipeline. I shall save the details for my next snail mail or e-mail. Just wanted to say "Welcome back! Baby steps are great. Can't wait to see you running" :-) K. x

    1. ha ha, I have vision of me running.... and realizing my feet are going faster than my brain and falling headlong into the petunia patch!
      That's an interesting idea about a photo book! :)))) How would i choose though? SOOO many picture from across the years...
      I am struggling for positive vibes.... but I have a big butterfly net, and I snatch up as many as I can catch!! xx :))))))) p.s. Will look forward to catching up with your living arrangements soon! :)

  5. I've been absent from the blogs once again, real world taken over! Need to see Reba that sounds interesting, my little pup is growing up so fast, at teenage phase already I think? Hope you're doing well? X

  6. Beautiful photographs and a lovely insight into your area. I was fascinated to see the snail vine, and then the flower, a special plant if you wait ten years for it to flower. And enjoyed seeing the blueberry and cranberry harvests, berries we eat and never see where they actually come from. As a child I used to pick small wild cranberries from a near by marsh, although I was so scared of the boggy ground and snakes! Not a great experience.
    Anyways good to see this post, so many things I could comment on. So I will choose the silver charms, they are lovely and so is your hare. So many moments captured with your camera, both the colours and the places, worth waiting for. X

  7. wonderful post with lovely photos, thank you for sharing. All the best for 2016 xxx