Richard, Toby and I got to spend the day in Hampden with Avery. Jen and Jason had a work day, and Avery's regular daycare providers have the week off, so it was a special treat to go north to visit our favorite little guy! While Uncle Toby played peek-a-boo and retrieved toys, Richard and I played a few tunes. Avery really likes music of any kind, including fiddle tunes and especially having songs sung to him. Word was, when we left, Avery and his mom were on their way to purchase little A a new sippy cup, and maybe even a toy! It was a good day for everyone.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Avery is listening intently as Richard reads the first lesson from 'The Art of Violin Bowing' by Paul Stoeving. Though not trying to influence Avery at such a young age, we were happy to share a day of music, reading, games, and play. We also read from the National Geographic Travelers magazine, sang songs from 'Rise Up Singing' songbook, played the piano (yes, Avery likes to add harmony by playing the keys he can reach while sitting on my lap), and playing with small stuffed animals. The book on bowing came from the Maine State Library.
Posted by Fiddler at 8/20/2005 02:54:00 PM
Friday, August 19, 2005
Well, photos will likely be taken tomorrow, but the news on Murray Street is the Greens have a new fiddle and a banjo. We have kept the fiddles we currently have, and added another to the cache. The new one is from Prague and was built in 1867. It is very old but beautiful to look at, and the sound is amazing, not to even mention how easy it is to play. We went to check out an ad from Uncle Henry's and met a great couple, Jeff and Marta. They had about 8 fiddles for us to try, we played for a good part of the afternoon on their back porch with them accompanying us with their guitars. Once the fiddle selection had been made, we started talking about banjos and ended up with a really nice early 1900's model that is a step above beginner and should be a good instrument to learn on. Jeff and Marta both play banjo and gave us a nice first lesson. We will be spending a good part of the weekend learning 'Old Joe Clark' on the banjo as well as taking turns playing the new fiddle, affectionately being named 'Dvorak' (that is the maker). A good day all around, full of music, good times, new friends...
Posted by Fiddler at 8/19/2005 10:53:00 PM
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Monday, August 08, 2005
Indian-Pipe is in the Wintergreen Family and the scientific name is Monotropa uniflora. These translucent, waxy pipes are unique. The nodding flower is white or pink, and turns blackish later. Leaves are scale-like, grows to 4-10 inches. Grows in shady woods from June-Sept. Peterson lists it under Small Fleshy Plants; Specialized Habits under white flowers in the Wildflowers of Northeastern/NorthCentral North America. It is parasitic and saprophytic and has no green color. These plants feed on roots or decaying material in the soil. Quite beautiful, don't you think?
Posted by Fiddler at 8/08/2005 04:36:00 AM
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Friday afternoon at Falcon Ridge, there was a huge storm that blew through. The winds picked up, there was thunder and lightning, and there was some rain. A few tents and awnings were blown down the hill and destroyed. Luckily, ours held fast and we weathered the storm without incident, but it was pretty exciting! Dancing and music continued at the bottom of the hill from what we hear, however we stayed put, providing ballast in case the winds were severe.
Posted by Fiddler at 8/06/2005 11:48:00 AM
Friday, August 05, 2005
...is quite comfy when we're away from home. We had plenty of space during our 10 day vacation, and have a pretty smooth set-up and tear-down routine. The interior room accomodates a queen size AeroBed (see link) http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?categoryId=36271&parentCategory=3891&cat4=1097&storeId=1&catalogId=1&langId=-1&feat=ssdpa1097 plus a couple of stools that hold our clothes up off the ground. The screen room in the front is roomy enough for our camp chairs and a table, nice when it's buggy. The only thing we found is that the mesh, though great for keeping bugs out, doesn't really let the air circulate through so it can get a little stuffy. The trade off of not being eating alive is worth it though, and when there's a breeze it's nice to have the screen unzipped and let the air in. All in all, a very nice tent. This is like the one Kathie and David have, and that Jason and Jen are considering. Definitely not a back-packing deal or even overnight stops when on a road trip, but nice for extended car camping ventures.
Posted by Fiddler at 8/05/2005 08:29:00 AM
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Richard is seen here with one of our favorite fiddle teachers, David Kaynor. Friday night was dress up night, and David was the talk of the camp! Richard and I really enjoyed playing music in David's classes, and learned some good practical techniques that will improve our playing. The structure you see is an open air dance pavillion. There is a stage for bands, and picnic table style seating on the perimeter. It's really a pretty nice dance area for being out in the woods!
Posted by Fiddler at 8/04/2005 07:45:00 PM