Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Busy on the Farm

{In Which We Pick Chard, Tie Paintings Up with String, Roll Out the Scamp}














It's been a happily productive week of shipping off paintings, tying up loose ends and gearing up for a long-awaited Scamp trip. And, let's be honest, spending a shameful amount of time each morning in the thicket of our fennel looking for swallowtail chrysalises when I should be doing a dozen more important things like getting new tires or deciphering my health insurance plan from NYU. Time seems to be compressing, closing in, pointing its knobby finger at me and warning September is right around the corner, but I'm drawing this blissful time out as long as possible before P. and launch into our autumn of apartness and Big Unknowns.

Compared to last year's epic five-thousand mile Scamp trip across the country this little end-of-summer jaunt is but a blip on the map, but potentially just as wonderful: up the Hudson River valley with a few pilgrimages to the legendary farmer's markets upstate (hullo Glens Falls! hullo John Katz country!), then into the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, with a wee pitstop in our beloved New Hampshire. And we cannot. wait. The dogs are bathed, the Scamp is squeaky clean and all tuned up, and I've got a stack of books (per your recommendations) waiting to be devoured. Take that, September.

21 comments:

  1. i think i might come over and play in that tree house.

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  2. have a great time! the pictures are lovely, would sooooo love to have my own little garden. or just a tiny spot in a community garden :)

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  3. Don't remember how I found your blog (it was some time back), but I love it! It sounds like you have an adventure ahead of you. Road trips are such fun. I just tasted a beer last night - the best one I've had in a long time - and have to suggest it: Founders Red's Rye PA. I don't think I've loved a beer this much since...I can't remember when. Might be a good thing to try on a stopover during your road trip, if you can find it.
    I'm all for enjoying this last bit of August, before the academic year starts up. Good luck in your new (ad)ventures!

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  4. Shipping paintings = hooray:). And, I missed the part about book recommendations, but my most recent revelation was To The End Of The Land, by David Grossman.

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  5. what lovely garden and table photos! enjoy every last second of this glorious summer!

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  6. Such a lovely fenced garden area and what a pristine carrot. I haven't had maple syrup in my coffee since visiting Vermont several years back. It looks so good.

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  7. Can't wait to see the photos from the upcoming Scamp adventure! And I hope you guys have a great time so you have some super fresh good memories to take with you during your time apart. (Seriously, it breaks my heart a little for you when you talk about it, because I don't know if I would be able to handle it.) xoxo

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  8. i know all too well about time's knobby finger. remind time when it points a finger at you it has three pointed back at it.

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  9. Naurnie- my parents built that tree house one winter when we were little kids. And it's an open invitation for tree house playing for all.

    Anna- checking out that Founders Red ASAP. Thanks for the rockin' recommendation!

    LPC- headed your way, madam. And will add To the End of the Land to the list.

    Alfie- thanks lady!

    Denise- it's the BOMB. Recipe for N'Orleans-style cold-brew coffee in a post from last summer, here:

    http://bigbangstudio.blogspot.com/2010/05/iced-coffee-norleans-style.html

    Stephanie- thanks for the comfort, lady. I know, it's not ideal, but it's what we've decided to do. Short term meh for long term yeah, is what i say.

    Desi- TRUE!

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  10. you will be visting bedlam farm? not to far from where i am. i have a lovely end of summer trip. perfect to see all four of you in the scamp again( dogs)!

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  11. LOVED THE PICTURE. MAKES ME FEEL SO RELAXED.

    GRANNY FROM FLORIDA

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  12. Sounds like the perfect end of summer trip!

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  13. Thanks for the link. This is happening, and soon.

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  14. My husband and I dated long distance between NY and Boston for the first year of our relationship. He was going to the North Bennett Street School in Boston becoming a piano technician and I was simply loving New York. I can honestly say the Chinatown bus saved our relationship. It was a quick, cheap, and easy way to see each other every other weekend or so. And when the SARS epidemic broke out it was only $10 and at that price I was on that bus every weekend. It's not ideal, but totally doable. Good luck.

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  15. I have to admit something: when you left India I was afraid your blog would become a bore. Not that YOU would be boring, but that life for you could not possibly be as romantic or as picturesque as it was in India.

    I was wrong. So wrong! So happily wrong.
    :)

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  16. I bet the puppies were FA-reaking excited when they saw/sniffed the Scamp. Car riiiiiiiide!
    Happy Trails!

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  17. Bless hot August and the last true days of summer-glad you are soaking it up with a scamp adventure!

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  18. I am headed to France in 2 weeks to stay on our family's dairy farm. Pretty much elated. Love how you capture Summer! xo!

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  19. Sounds like a great trip! Are you going to see Bedlam Farm?

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  20. All of your photos are absolutely beautiful (wish I could grow carrots that big in the Adirondacks!)... but love the pic of your Scamp the best! Glad to know it's still part of your life. Good luck in NYC! From: Lydia in Paul Smiths

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  21. I just discovered your blog and I love your photographs. And your pup is adorable. I love that carrot photo, i have a similar one here

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