My Town Shoot-Out is a community of people who share photographs of their towns - this week's theme is Chairs. The photos I will share come from the farm where we spend our Fridays here in Athens, Ohio.
Good Earth Farm is a gathering place for people, so it would make sense that it also be a gathering place for chairs. It always strikes me as funny, though, to see chairs that live permanently outside. These have seen better days, but are still appealing in their weathered, worn colors...
These are the "chairs" we use most often; versatile as chairs or tables, fort walls, ship's masts, footstools...
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Friday, October 8
brilliant Porcelain berries (sadly, a common invasive plant here)
Our morning started off with a circle around the fire, and a guest -
Wendell the goat.
I had never done flat wet felting before, and I couldn't believe it was so easy!! I am looking forward to trying it here at home. In a nutshell...we used placemat-sized pieces of bubble wrap. We tore off two pieces of our background wool - the brown - and stacked them perpendicular to each other.
Many of the designs were abstract; Ani chose to make a face. Next, bubble wrap and piece were placed in a shallow tub, and warm, soapy water was gently sprinkled over the wool (she poured it through her fingers, trying not to move any of the pieces of wool). Then another piece of bubble wrap was laid across the piece, and being careful not to use a "spreading" motion, we pressed down upon the piece, over and over. Once done, we rolled the whole bubble-wrap sandwich up and secured it with rubber bands.
After a delicious lunch of rice and beans cooked over the fire (and topped with cheese, onions, tomatoes, and some CRAZY good salsas and homemade sour creamish yogurt), we had a visit from another guest, the Friar from the church that sponsors Good Earth's mission. Because it was the week of St. Francis' name day, the afternoon walk was also a casual blessing of the animals, along with some stories about St. Francis. I went along for a little bit, curious to hear what Friar Bill would say. He was great with the kids and kept things light and accessible for them: Bless you little chicks. Thank you for your softness, for your small sounds that are so cheerful and light. May you grow strong and healthy and live a happy life on the farm. Bless you Lamb Lucy. We are grateful that your sickness is over and that you are feeling better and better. It was very sweet.