I don’t know how it got to be June. It’s highly mysterious. People tell me that happens when you have children — that time just moves more quickly. I think it might be a bit of that combined with the building of the new puppet show.
It was an amazing day in the fair land of Richmond. Truly amazing and so full of fun! I’m not sure where to begin…farmer’s market? Breakfast? Wool? Wedding? I guess chronological makes the most sense.
I love the Forest Hill Farmer’s Market in Richmond. It’s busy and bustling and today I was flying solo. No children. Just me (with my husband at home with the children, cleaning the house — it doesn’t get better than that!). I was able to look at the booths and talk to people, not just chase my children and make sure they didn’t grab/break/damage something as I frantically gathered veggies from our CSA. (OK, I still frantically gathered vegetables, but only because the supply of Tuscan kale was dangerously low!)
As I wandered into the market, I notice some wool yarn and someone spinning in a booth…and roving! OK. I know not everyone is a wool fanatic and that most people do not understand my current fascination (or obsession?) with felting and working with wool fibers. But, there it was: wool from a breed of sheep that I don’t know yet. Ahhhhh…..
Cotswold. And Cotswold/Suffolk Cross. I’ll let you know how it felts up after I take it down to the studio. (Note to self: make sure you have the business checkbook with you next time you go to market.) I’m very excited to have another local source for wool.
So the wool, the wonderful produce from Victory Farms, fabulous bread from Norwood Cottage, and raspberries from Agriberry! Wow. It was a bit of a splurge going all out so early in the morning on Saturday, but we had company coming for brunch! We had some puppet friends coming through town. This is always a treat — and we were able to provide them with a fabulous breakfast of mostly local goodies.
On the menu: French toast with maple syrup, red and black raspberries, vanilla yogurt, sausage patties, and walnuts. Yes, Sam had the coffee flowing — let’s not forget that.
Coming through town we had Bob Nathanson and Elise Handleman of Puppets-to-Go. Joining them was the illustrious Terry Snyder. We sadly missed his wife Lynda who wasn’t feeling well as well as the Hudert clan (aka Applause Unlimited), who were off at King’s Dominion for the day.
We had a great time hanging out, eating, and chatting. We truly love it when we can visit with other puppeteers…somehow it makes us feel, well, normal. (So, puppeteers out there, if you are coming through Richmond, give us a holler!)
After breakfast we got all gussied up for a wedding celebration at Richmond Friends’ Meeting for Brooke and Nick. It was lovely and reminded us of our own wedding day in 1997. (Why does 1997 seem like a really, really long time ago?) But it was wonderful and our girls enjoyed getting dressed up in twirly dresses and feeling fancy schmancy. (They also enjoyed the chocolate covered strawberries at the reception.)
All in all, today was a fabulous Saturday. You almost didn’t even notice that it was excruciatingly humid and hot outside! Now our only dilemna for the evening is that the night is young…and the drive-in has Shrek. To go or not to go? That is the question…