Thursday, July 10, 2014
"No one ever hit him," she told me. "We all knew to watch for him and we drove slowly. He died of old age."
No one likes change. But I do wonder: can we save some of THIS before it's too late? Can local governments fund programs to purchase the development rights for farms like these?
Saratoga County used to do that, used to have a very successful Farmland and Open Space Fund. It conserved farmland, created trails, and protected natural areas.
Money troubles caused them to stop funding the program. But now the county's economic picture has changed. Money isn't so tight this year. I hope the supervisors bring back this program.
Because once all of this is gone, it won't ever be coming back. And I, for one, will sorely miss it.
I am asking for the support of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors for a modest investment of $500,000 in the Farmland and Open Space Fund in the county’s 2015 budget. Will you join me? Please call or email your town supervisor soon. They start putting the budget together in August. Thank you.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
This is a self-driven tour that is open to the public. Click here for a printable brochure and directions to each farm. If you've never met that lovable loser, retired thoroughbred Zippy Chippy, this weekend is your chance.
Several of the featured farms are in the thoroughbred biz in one way or another, so local racing fans may find this tour fun and informative. And if there is anyone in your family who is smitten with horses, this is a Must Do event.
For those of you who can't make either tour, please check back here after the weekend. I will try to get some good photos to share with you.
Wherever you live, I hope your weekend is filled with lots of things you love to do in the out of doors.
Monday, July 7, 2014
The weather was absolutely perfect Sunday evening for enjoying an outdoor concert. And what could be better than Sonny and Perley in Saratoga's Congress Park. Playing string bass with them last night was Bobby Kendall, from Troy, NY. They sounded great together.
There was a good-sized crowd there for the concert. (A few should NOT have brought their dogs with them, but that's a grumble for another time.)
Thursday, June 26, 2014
It's been a very full couple of days. Lots of graduations, with gatherings of friends and family to celebrate them. Good stuff, all of it.
After our company left late this afternoon, the Handsome Husband and I headed into Ballston Spa for the start of their free summer concert series. The two-person band Sirsy kicked things off tonight, and did so with great energy and an appreciative audience. Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti are pretty amazing.
Nothing says summer to me more than free outdoor concerts, with kids dancing in front of the bandstand and everyone just having fun being outdoors.
I hope you get out to enjoy some music in your neck of the woods before summer gets away from you.
Because it's June!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
I shouldn't have gone anywhere near this place today. I really am trying to pare down, to deacquisition the "treasures" I already own.
But the Handsome Husband was off doing his own thing and the lovely June afternoon beckoned.
Whether I am haunting thrift shops or antique venues, I always seem to be drawn to the same sorts of things. Battered watering cans always catch my eye. I like them as planters for summer annuals. But since I already own three of them - or maybe four? - I left this one behind.
These colorful vintage tins were tempting. They'd be great for storing craft supplies.
Nostalgia is a big factor in antique and thrift browsing. My eye was drawn to these dishes that are similar to some pieces my mother once owned.
I love the colors of old Chinese porcelain. but it's too rich for my blood. And when would I ever use it?
I did like these green dishes with the butterflies. Hung on the wall, they would be lovely art.
Don't know why but I rather liked the funky pink toy kitchen pieces. They would be fun in the guest room our granddaughters occasionally use.
I am a fan, too, of dog art. These two pieces, above and below, were not very expensive.
In the end, I only bought one thing: a pretty platter, of no great value, but it is something that I will actually use. I want a pat on the back for being somewhat abstemious today.
The Round Lake Antiques Festival is an annual event. Make a mental note to check it out next June. All money raised benefits the Round Lake Library and other good stuff in the village.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Once a month, a small group of ladies and girls meets at our local library to knit.
These are brave and charming girls who are not too shy to ask for help when they need it. (I think the girls like the snacks, too.)
Trish likes to knit scarves.
I have learned some useful knitting tips from this group. But what I value most is the time to reconnect with some good folks. One lady has just lost a dear sister. Another is dealing with a major health challenge. We sit together and chat and knit, offering advice on a knitting conundrum or quiet companionship. In this way, we carry on a tradition that must go back to the
Neolithic Revolution: women with their needlework, sitting together and sharing skills and news and worries.
And the young girls? They are good listeners. I suspect that they are learning a lot more than just knitting. As it has always been; as it should be.
The knitting group of the Malta branch of the Round Lake (NY) Library meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. All levels of skill are welcome. Click here for more information.
A further note: Many libraries and independent knitting stores across the world sponsor similar social knitting groups, along with classes and related programs. Check out what is available in your own neck of the woods. Times are often listed on store and library websites and in newspaper weekly calendars.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Chipmunks. In our yard, we have plenty of chipmunks, along with voles and squirrels. I have given up trying to grow tulips because all of these varmints will eat them.
But then I started reading Garden Rant.
Posts by gardeners who blog there, such as Elizabeth Licata (see, for example, this one) and Michele Owens (see hers, too) emboldened me to try another tack.
Last November, I saw a few bags of leftover tulip bulbs marked down to half price at a local store. What the heck, I thought, I will try them in pots like Elizabeth Licata does.
So unceremoniously, I stuck the bulbs in some pots, watered them well, and set them in our unheated garage. I covered the pots with other heavy pots turned upside down to discourage rodents. And then I pretty much forgot about them.
Until this week.
Shoot, I thought. I should have watered those poor tulip bulbs.
But when I removed the inverted coverings ...
Awww, they managed to survive the winter despite my neglect. Big Smile, indeed.
Both pots have been given a good drink of water and the covers will remain off.
As soon as the weather warms up just a little, I will move the pots to our porch. Or maybe inside.
For not much money or trouble, I will have some tulips to enjoy before long.