Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Ring Around The Moon

On thursday C. and I went to see Elephant Revival, a new favorite band on one of the other Islands. Before the show we took a quick tour, went to see about a yellow VW bug, and had dinner at an outdoor cafe.

Though we were only gone for half a day, it felt like a mini-vacation. All the Islands, even the ones that the ferry reaches are very different from one and other, having their own geography, demographics, vibes and even climate.

The band, which hails from the exotic sounding Nederland, Colorado, plays a sweet, undefinable mix of blue-grass, traditionals and new folk, alternating melancholy ballads with rowdy dance numbers.

And not only do they play such varied instruments as stand-up base and washboard, but each band member seems to be a gifted multi-instrumentalist, making it possible for them to swap instruments on the go in a wonderful game of kind of musical chairs.

Our favorite was definitely Bonnie Paine who in addition to playing the said stand-up base, washboard, guitar and djembe, also sung and added the eerie sound of saw to a few of the songs.

Playing at an old hall decorated to look like the night-sky, they created a warm, cozy atmosphere, and made our mad dash for the ferry to get there and back all worthwhile.

Check out this awesome version of Sing to the Mountain (partly recorded in a bathroom!)
and the beautiful Ring Around The Moon (performed at the Mystic Hot Springs festival), but most importantly: check out Elephant Revival, should they drive their vegetable oil-powered bus to a town near you.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Braid Wednesday

Awesome flickr group that makes my Wednesday.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Wood Work

Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars

of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,

the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders

of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is

nameless now.
Every year
I have ever learned

in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side

is salvation,
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

-Mary Oliver-

Monday, July 6, 2009

White Lace

After a long hot spell, it rained today. C is fixing our boat. I walked in the woods and wrote.
I'm mighty attached to my new lacy vest.
Birds of a feather
Profile pictureand lace

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Little Little House

Happy 4th of July America. Now make love not war, please.

I might just stay in this Independence Day, and watch the zucchini grow in garden from the window of my new study/sewing room/ guest room in the Little Little House.

I'm stocking my pantry with rolls of lace and embroidery thread.
And decorating with Dead Relatives.

Won't you come visit? You'll get the room with the view.