Maria and I went to Pompanuck Farm Saturday night for Pizza Reggae night, a chance to get some Round House Pizza and hear the new Reggae Band, the Dread Resistors. They were great, Maria and I were the last ones to leave, I had some great dances with her and with a dynamite 10-year-old who got me up on my feet and moving. I imagine I will sleep tonight. Great music.
Our pony Chloe has been wading in the muck of our marsh, something green is growing out there. Two or three weeks until we can open up the back and side pastures and begin rotational grazing, save the hay for October. I love the sight of her out there up to her knees in much, grazing on marsh grass.
Carol Law Conklin had an art show Saturday afternoon at the Cambridge Artisan's Market, she shows and sells her mystical batiks – horses, nature, myths – there. Carol is a friend of ours, she will be doing a batik-making demonstration at the June and October Open Houses and will also conducting a workshop at the Bedlam Farm Creativity Conference, to be held at Pompanuck Farm and retreat on October 6 and 7th. (A small number of places at the conference will be open to the public this year, we are limiting the attendees to no more than 20-25 people, for classes on writing, blogging, art and watercolor, Tai Chi and body movement, the art of baking, fiber art and intuition fiber work, poetry and photography.)
The fee is $100, interested people can contact Susan Alford Crosby on Facebook.
(Rachel Barlow, the red-hot watercolor artist from Vermont, will also be teaching and showing her sketch work at the conference.)
We want the classes to be small, intimate, with lots of one-on-one feedback. The fee does not include food or lodging. There will be visits to the farm for attendees.
If you aren't on Facebook, you can contact me at [email protected] and I'll put you in touch with Susan.
Carol's batik work is both mystical and beautiful. The process of batik is old and complex, it takes months to produce some of these amazing works. Carol is a retired dairy farmer, her work is greatly influenced by horses and farm animals, and it was exciting to see her beautiful work on display there.
She works hard and continuously, she is committed to a creative life, the life of the artist, and her work reflects a deep sense of spirituality, especially regarding animals. One of her very beautiful pieces hangs over our fireplace. She will also be selling her work at the Open Houses in June and October. The June Open House will be a celebration of creativity and art, Maria's own work, our lives on Bedlam Farm, and the art of rural life.
On a stormy and windy afternoon, we went out to feed the animals, Fate broke out into one of her amazing outruns, she loves to circle the pasture at great speed, it is her way of keeping the sheep where they belong. Fate has her own ideas about herding and work, but it is beautiful to see her speed and energy and joy.