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Tregelly’s Fiber Farm. August 5, 2012

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Up in the hills of nearby Hawley (though it’s only accessible by road from Buckland) sits Tregelly’s Fiber Farm, operated by Ed and Jody Cothey.  It’s an amazing place filled with a menagerie of animals, many with fur useful for weaving.

Although Ed has largely given up weaving and sold off all of his looms but one (know anyone looking for a beautiful twelve-footer?) the place is still amazing to visit, as I did this past Saturday with my sweetie Susan.  She has an affinity for animals, and is in fact a communicator, and needed some photos of her interacting with them, so…  😉

Susan and I were greeted by Ed and most of his nine dogs:

The house and barns sit on the brow of a hill overlooking the Deerfield river valley.  The northern exposure gives a beautiful light to the great stone Stupa in the front yard:

Susan had a friend right off the bat –

Our little parade o’ fur meandered around the property, stopping to smile at common animals like goats and uncommon ones like yaks and this Bactrian camel:

These guys are BIG!  They grow to over seven feet tall and can weigh over a ton.  I asked Ed how they do with a New England winter, thinking of camels as desert beasts.  He said these guys are native to the Mongolian plateau and the Gobi Desert, which is a desert only in that it’s dry – they routinely see temperatures of -40C in winter, and the camels do just fine!

Susan connected with some little burros…

…who were so excited and delighted to have the attention that they played up a storm!

They were a lot of fun to watch.  🙂

A little llama joined in the socializing:

…as did this somewhat skeptical sheep:

It was lovely to see, and I got lots of pictures, including this one of a sweet little Jack Russel terrier (I think)  who wanted his “fifteen minutes:”

He only got three, but they were good ones!  😆

After the photo tour, Ed invited us in for tea, and we got to meet his birds, which he obviously adores as much as he loves his furred friends:

If you’re going to be in this area before November, I’d like to recommend a visit to this wonderful spot.  Ed has a LOT of inventory from his now closed store, items made by his friends in countries all over the world (think Ten Thousand Villages or some such store) and is trying to move it all out before he leaves for six months in the Phillipines.  Consequently, the prices are really hard to believe – I bought tee-shirts for a dollar apiece!

And if you can’t  visit, I hope these photos will suffice.  🙂

The Wolf Moon. January 31, 2010

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January’s full moon goes by an array of names, but the one most logically and consistently applied is the Wolf Moon.  Hungry wolves, leaned and stressed by Winter’s dirth of prey, bayed in baleful choruses as the well-lit winter nights offered them yet another chance to find a meal.  Aboriginal Americans took note, and kept their children close to home.

Because full moons work their magic on both the tides and the skies, the likelyhood of clouds and “weather” increases as the moon fills out.  But winter, with its drier air, seems less prone to matching a full moon to a cloudy sky.

So here are a few lucky shots from this month’s full moon, acquired by catching the actual moonrise from way up in Florida:

…and dropping down into the Deerfield River valley for subsequent “risings,” as seen against different skylines:

These last two, taken after the sun’s afterglow had faded, remind me of the Moody Blues lyric:

“Cold hearted orb which rules the night

Robs the color from our sight.

Red is grey, and yellow, white;

and We decide which is right,

And which is an illusion.”

Namaste.