Breathing Between The Branches

May 23rd, 2017

At the end of the winter we had the Birch tree and Apple tree in the side yard pruned.  When we first thought about buying our house, these two trees helped me know that it was the right place for us.  They hold a very old and powerful energy.  I always saw the birch with its arms open wide, like a big hug.  And the apple tree, with its hollow trunk, seems a passage to another world.

I was concerned about them both.  The Birch was dropping a lot of branches even when it wasn’t windy and the Apple tree had some big boughs that are hollow or cracked.

But the the men who pruned them said once they got rid of the dead branches, that the trees were healthy.

And I can feel it.

Now when I look at them, with the large spaces between their branches, I feel the space in my own chest,  the air between my ribs.   As if the congestion is gone and I can breathe easy again.

Apple Tree Branch Sculpture, Come What May….

May 23rd, 2017

This is the kind of Sculpture that changes with the seasons and with the animals.  The donkeys and sheep nibble on it, eating off the bark then chewing on the bare branches.  The sheep use it as a scratching post, leaving tufts of wool behind.

There’s a protected space within the sculpture where the animals can’t get, yet.  I’ve thrown some seeds beneath it, picturing them  growing up through the branches, giving them leaves and flowers again.

But I don’t know what will happen, that is part of the sculpture.  Letting go of control and allowing the forces around it,the animals and nature,  work their own magic.

Ed Gulley’s Wind Chimes, A Video

May 22nd, 2017

On Saturday, June 10th, Ed and Carol Gulley  are  bringing their cow Silly Sally to the Bedlam Farm for the Open House.  If you follow their blog, Bejosh Farm Journal, you’ve seen here there.   The Wind Chimes in the video above are some of the ones I’ll be selling at the Open House.

 

Elephant Eyes And Goddess Eyes

May 22nd, 2017

Elephant Eyes

Today was a day of making eyes.  Elephant eyes, Goddess eyes, bird and snake eyes.

I had been putting it off because it’s a pain in the butt to get the whole wall hanging under my sewing machine.  But those eyes called to me.  They wanted to be done.

The pupils are marker and the iris’ are stitched.

Goddess eyes

Bird eye

Sewing the eyes on my goddess

A Preview of Ed Gulley’s Art For The Bedlam Farm Open House

May 22nd, 2017

I got a text message from Carol Gulley last week saying that Ed had some new work for the Open House he wanted to show me.

So on Sunday, Jon and I went to the very real wonderland that is  Bejosh Farm.   A place of Animals and Art and two really good and talented people.  We got the tour which started with the sheep that Ed made from  the aluminum that he found in the road from a catalytic converter.

Jon and Ed were at each other from the moment we get there.  It’s all in good fun, you can see the real affection they have for each other, between the jokes and insults.

Ed has a whole new line of work for the Open House this year.  Small wind chimes made of silverware, keys, jello cups and farm stuff.  Signs made from old pieces of metal and harness parts.  A peacock, one leg in the air as it makes its way across the lawn.   And a few surprises, still in pieces in his shop.

Ed Gulley is one of nine artist’s at this June’s Bedlam Farm Open House.  But you can always see his work and read his and Carol’s blog, Bejosh Farm Journal here.

This is the Peacock that Ed is almost finished making.  There’s a few detail missing yet.

Ed made some signs using old pieces of metal and old harness pieces.

“Open” by Ed Gulley

“Horse and Cart” by Ed Gulley

 

Good Monday Morning From Bedlam Farm 5/22/17

May 22nd, 2017

As you can see, Red is doing much better.  Behaving just like Red usually does.  It’s good to have him back again.  Later today we’ll visit the Mansion. I usually go with Jon and Red on Mondays to visit Connie and all the other people who live there.

We have a busy and unusual week ahead  at the farm.

On Tuesday Jon continues his  Talking to Animals book tour at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY at 6pm.  So come see us if you’re close by.  We’ll be staying overnight and be back early on Wednesday.

Then on Thursday, Jon’s daughter Emma will be visiting for the first time with Robin, who is now 8 months old.  It will be a completely new experience having Robin on the farm for a few days. It will be interesting to see how she reacts to the animals on the farm.  I have a feeling she may enjoy the hens.  She’s an outgoing baby  and we’ll be taking her to town and Pizza night at the Round House.   We’ll also visit Ed and Carol Gulley at  Bejosh Farm.

And it’s just a few weeks till the Bedlam Farm Open House. I still have some potholders to make for it and I’d love to have my new wall hanging done by then too.  I’ll be selling my Show Your Soul Posters and postcards along with all the other wonderful art from 8 different artists.  You can see more about the Open House here.

Jon And Ed Gulley, Arm in Arm….A Video

May 21st, 2017

We visited Ed and Carol Gulley at the Bejosh Farm today to see some of Ed’s new work for the Bedlam Farm Open House (I’ll post some pictures of it later).  Jon and Ed linked arms as Ed had something to say about Jon’s new glasses…..

Good Dogs, Do What They Want

May 21st, 2017

Barb’s dog’s on her bed. That’s Chase with his head on my quilt “Surrender”

Barb sent me this photo of her dogs on her bed.  She wrote:

“Today, after the third time I tried to get them off, I looked at Chase with his head on the quilt you made & thought of what you named it. Surrender. Life is too short to keep good dogs from doing what they want. So…. I surrender!”

A lesson from art and our dogs.

Under The Apple Tree

May 21st, 2017

 

Jon and I have spend a good part of the weekend outside.  When I saw Jon sitting under the apple tree, I knew it would make a good Polaroid.

It’s a little darker than I would have like, but I have little control over such things with the camera.  It has light four settings and they are as quirky as they are accurate.

More than anything I love the way Jon is framed by the branches of the tree and the bench to the right.  I like that they create an intimate space and  the feeling of looking in on a private moment.

Power Out

May 19th, 2017

Friday 7:30 am.  Our Power is out since last night.  Not sure when it will be back on again.  We filled some buckets with water from the Stream so we can at least flush the toilet.  The donkeys were intrigued.

We had big storms here last night and we lost power around 7pm.  Most of the day we didn’t know when it would be back on.

Jon and I couldn’t do our work as usual.  If we had to lose power, it was the perfect day to do it.  It was warm and sunny.  Jon and I spent most of the day outside doing things we didn’t need electricity to do.  We mowed the lawn and skirted wool.

Even though I couldn’t get online with our computers, I could get on Instagram and  fb with my phone.

So throughout the day I posted some pictures and wrote a little bit about them.  Now that the power is back, I’m going to put up the photos and words here on my blog that I posted on instagram and fb.

Friday 9:30 am Since the power is out it’s a good day for skirting wool.  This is Liam’s wool I’m working on now.

Friday 4:30 am  The Power is still out.  Won’t be back on till tomorrow afternoon.  We opened up the back pasture so the animals can drink from the Stream.  Minnie is unaffected by it all.

Friday 7pm  The power came back on a little while ago.  Much earlier than we thought it would.  Now I’m going to have that cup of tea that’s been waiting for me since last night.