Sunday, August 21, 2016

Micmac Tribe


Roasting Ears of Corn Festival


Roasting Ears of Corn Festival - American Indian Festival

Hi Dear Folk,

This is the Roasting Ears of Corn Festival, a Native American celebration of art and culture.

Turtle Clan.

These two ladies above were from Canada, the lady in the center is from the Micmac tribe and their clothing was embellished with shells, instead of beads and paint.  The other lady whose tribe I cannot remember is also named Turtle Clan and this can be seen on her attire.

What else would you have for lunch but buffalo burgers, buffalo stew and roasted corn, followed by cherry pie.

This lady and her daughter were from the Micmac tribe who are across Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI.  I love the Indian name for PEI and think it should be changed back to Epekwika, which means "Cradle on the Waves."  Such an apt description of the island because it looks just like a cradle in the waves, and obviously the Micmac's had figured out the shape long before aerial photogragphy.

South American Indian Equador.

Fabian Fontanelle, Zuni and Omaha, New Mexico.

Shelly Morningstar, Cheyenne, North Dakota.

I will just say this we ditched the cowboy hats, before entering the festival, we thought it might not be respectful, but decided to take a few shots with us wearing them before we left.  But actually we could have worn them.  I did wear my Indian Turquoise jewelry.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Tea at the Tea Shop

Hi Dear Folk,

I like these two painting of two friends sharing tea at a tea shop.  I like the thought that they could have aged and mellowed.  In the top painting they look a little prim, but in the bottom painting, just friends nattering about life.

With the younger ladies you definitely know they are sitting in a tea shop, right by the front street display window.  It's a busy street people are passing by and some are looking in at all the good cakes.  They seem a little lost in their own thoughts, but still sharing a quiet space over tea together.

My immediate thought with the older ladies is that they too were sitting in a tea shop, but you cannot so easily tell this, it's just an impression with the clothes they are wearing, their hats are on and the way they are turned in confiding with each other.  The plain white china with white bread sandwiches, almost makes it institutional like the Women's Institute, or maybe they are just sitting in their living room on the sofa.  What do you think?

The Tea Table
Mable Francis Layng (1881 - 1937)
West Park Museum

The Merry Wifes
Paul Montem Clarke (1915 - 1999)
The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Salwar Kameez

Hi Dear Folk,

The heat wave is over but still hot over 90 f, this Saturday should be sunny and in the 80s f so that will be nice.  I always seem to hear of events after the fact and say if I'd of known I would have gone.  So this year I am on an email list of Fairs throughout Pennsylvania, and this Saturday there are at least three which I would like to go to, but have chosen one "Roasting Ears of Corn Festival"  I will tell you all about it after I've been.

Eleven years ago I had a tree fall on my car while I was driving, it was very frightening and I was fortunate, as the police officer said, that I was not killed.  In fact it was a neighbour's tree.  Three different entities and insurances were involved.  The tree people who had been contracted to cut down the tree but said it was safe enough until they got to it, the homeowners insurance and my car insurance.  The long and the short of it was we were the ones out of pocket by $500.00 for our car insurance deductible.  Fast forward to now, we have just found all the paperwork on the car accident.  About five or more years ago the paint started to peel off where it had been resprayed and it looks pretty bad.  It was a life time guaranteed job, so now we are in the process of seeing if anyone will cover me for a new paint job on my car.  Yes it is a fourteen year old car, but it's good, so would be great to get it done.  We will see if anyone covers this.

At the thrift sometimes they have racks of new clothes that have been donated from stores and I ran across a rack of Indian Salwar Kameez.  I have always wanted one ever since my friend Jean, who I went to Amsterdam with, had a couple made while out in India, and says they are so easy to wear and comfortable, colourful and fun.

A Salwar Kameez is really made up of three items, the tunic, the pants and a matching scarf.  Some of the sets only had two pieces.  I looked through and saw that none of those tunics were going to fit me, but then I had the idea of adding in a gusset which I have done before on different pieces.  I looked for the prettiest scarf and fabric and found one that had only two pieces a lovely wide scarf in deep turquoise and maroon with gold paisley on it and a matching tunic, no pants.  But that is great, because I will insert a gusset in the tunic and make matching pants. I found a pattern in Burda for an Indian Salwar Kameez, but then I found a pattern in Vogue, which was on sale for $5.00, it's a long coat and tapered pants.  Almost a Western take off on the Salwar Kameez idea, in fact in the "Second Best Marigold Hotel" movie, Judy Dench wears a linen one with a scarf which I thought she looked very nice in and would suit many women.  So I've started by unpicking the sides, now I have to look for fabric.  So the whole outfit was $9.00 after my 25% discount that Saturday and it was worth that for the shawl alone, because the Paisley pattern is one of my very favourite designs.  I do love Indian fabrics so bright and cheerful.

The Boy is shooting his third Indian Wedding this weekend and he so enjoys all that colour and food.

What do you think of this Zika virus, I'm just hoping these Olympics don't turn it into a pandemic, that's what happened after the WWI with the Spanish Influenza and they are finding more and more ways that it is transmitted.  It's already in Puerto Rico and Florida.  But now it might start to travel more places than in the Americas and Islands.

Well on that happy note I'll close out.  Don' know why my mind wanders to such things.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tea on the Lawn

Hi Dear Folk,

Lots of lightening, thunder and rain last night so it may have broken the heat wave, but it still feels pretty humid.  Everything dries up quite quickly in this heat so tea on the lawn would be possible today.

On that thought of summer days and tea outside, here we see a simple tea.  She's wearing her hat but I see an umbrella there, or is it a parasol?  Silver kettle and teapot with bone china cups.  Apples and a cottage loaf, it looks like she's waiting for others to join her and the rest of the edibles are still in her basket.

Tea on the Lawn
Marjorie Brooks (1904 - 1980)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Harvest Tea

Hi Dear Folk,

Even though we've been in a heat wave of over 100 f with high humidity, I'm still aware that summer is drawing to an end, twigs of leaves are already falling off my oak tree.  Summer's end entails the summer harvest.  So this painting of a harvest tea seems most appropriate.

Tea is the elixir of life I think, besides a glass of Drambuie, but wouldn't a harvest tea in such a setting be so special.  I like the stone flagons of which my mum and grandma had a few and I'm sure there's a meat pie in there as well as a blackberry pie, loaves of fresh bread, cheese and butter I would think and apples.  Maybe some elderberry wine or rhubarb which my great grandma used to make and my dad said it was the best, or some elder-flower fizzy pop, although I'm thinking in those flagons it could be apple cider.

In summer my dad would head out to work with a bottle of cold tea, and I do not mean American iced tea.  Just tea with milk and sugar cold, in a bottle.  It never really is too hot in the UK to go bad.  Of course hot tea in a flask in winter.

So I'm starting a little series of "Art of Tea"  posting paintings with a tea theme that I especially like.

Harvest Tea

I was out with an older friend the other day, Rose, and we ran across The Village Teahouse which we are definitely going to try out.  We took a peek in the door and were drawn inside by the lovely atmosphere so will be paying a visit here.


Cigar Store Indians, Pharmacy and Clock Makers, Circa 1800's

Hi Dear Folk,

At the Mercer Museum, Cigar Store Indians, placed outside a store to entice people in.


Clock makers tools.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Celebration of Hats

Hi Dear Folk,

I just had to share this unique painted image of a woman shoveling circa 1840.  See here A Celebration of Hats over the last 350 years through portraits and paintings

In 1840 laws were established which banned women from underground work in the coal mines and to make a living they would do heavy shoveling work above ground.  The picture shows a pit brow girl wearing a hat, probably home-made of pink cloth tied securely under her chin with a black bow.  This would help keep the dust out of her hair.  She is also wearing trousers to work in and notice the leather clogs for footwear.

These are such precious images of working folk and what they wore in times past.


Work and Travel Circa 1800's

Hi Dear Folk,

More from the Mercer Museum.  Work and Travel early 1800s.

Saw mill.

Conestoga wagon.

Stage coach.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Aprium or Pluot?

Hi Dear Folk,

OK the powers that be need to get this together, are these hybrid fruits going to be called an Aprium or a Pluot?  They are a cross between an apricot and a plum.  I lean towards Aprium because A comes before P, but on the other hand I think they taste and have the consistency more of a plum, so maybe they should be called Pluot.  Quite tart, would be good for cooking.

In fact I did try recipe number 4 as I love cardamon and served with some creme fraiche was very good.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Crazy Quilt 1896

Hi Dear Folk,

I hope your weekend is great.  We are in the midst of another heat wave up to 98 F most days.  A little hard to take in a no AC house, but I've made myself a lovely little seating area under the wisteria on the Pond Patio, along with a cool drink and a book it can be quite nice.

An additional display at the Mercer Museum, I so loved looking at this crazy quilt up close.  1896 Victorian Crazy Quilt, made from Wool, Cotton and Velvet, the stitching is especially interesting such detailed embellishments, this is what I truly enjoyed looking at.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Nantucket Basket and Other Finds of a Middle Aged Woman

Hi Dear Folk,

Our local thrift had a grand reopening in a different building just around the corner from their old location.  Mr. B. and the Boy got over earlier than I did, for which Mr. B. was rewarded with a $10.00 gift card.  But it's hard to pull your old bones out of bed after working a forty two and a half hour week, must put the half hour in.  So here I am standing in a forty-five minute line to check out, in which I would not have stood if it had not been for the fact that I am darn right stubborn and would not give up my Nantucket basket, the books I might have put down, but not the basket.

So here I am standing in line in front of an older couple, I guess their age at 77 to 80 or a tad older.  He's tall, well over 6' 3" wearing a baseball cap which had veteran of Korean War on it, so you can kind of figure his age.  In any case he's talking to a friend and says - yes I just moved into a condominium and the friend says "how do you like that" and he says "I don't I'm bored, I don't have my garage to work in and all my tools, but we couldn't keep the house up, the garden was too big and we couldn't mow the lawn anymore."

His wife asked me where I found my knitting and crochet book and I said they were all mixed in with the gardening books, so a lot of sorting still needs to be done.  I asked her what crafts do you like to do, she says knit and that she used to sew and reupholster furniture and that she had recovered several chairs and sofas for herself and the family, her hubby doing the wood work, but that was all in the past now.

So here I am thinking how much older than me are they, a max of twenty years older and how twenty years goes by in a flash.  For many years I have have thought my self middle aged, but how many years can you be middle aged.  Is it from forty to sixty or forty-five to sixty-five, I'm going with the latter because that would still make me in the middle age group, but if not then I'm in the elderly group see here;  then I would like to know how the elderly group is broken down is that young elderly and old elderly?

I was reading an article in the Guardian written by a young middle aged person see here and I'm definitely not in that group.  Although having your first child at forty kind of puts the whole time plan out of kilter with your peers, they are not sixty-two with a son just having graduated from college.

All this has been running through my mind as of late because I feel this is a transitional year of changes.  The Boy has finished Uni and is now home, with all the sagas that brings, of starting up on the next period of life, looking for a job or jobs, getting freelance work, landing a full time position in his field and then having too much work and too many irons in the fire and sorting out the balance.

I think it takes years to find balance and then something always comes along and upsets the scales, it can be both good and bad, so it is a constant tacking to the wind.  I'm at the point where I have to find the balance between life and work and how much can you par down to.

Bringing joy.

My Nantucket basket, this is why I stood in line.  I would like to think it's genuine, but I do not think so, but still lovely to have a replica, and I have used it.

Here is a piece about the Nantucket Baskets a video with Martha Stewart.  The history and craft is fascinating.

The Fair Isle design caught my eye, rather more knitting in here than crochet and as you know I like crochet.

Lang note books, pads, cards and calendars were always a favourite of mine.  In fact there was a store Mario's near where I used to grocery shop when Rob was a little boy; and after shopping at Genuardi's, Rob always called it Ge-nar-to-di, we would pop in and have a wander around, this old kind of pharmacy store with everything, long out of business now.  And I would buy a box of cards, so when I saw this little pad it was a nostalgia buy, as I think all their stationery is now made in China and the quality is not the same.

May use this for 2017, or Maybe something else will cross my path for my 2017 Diary/Journal.

Enjoying this book with lots of stitches.

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