Monday, June 23, 2008
Posted by Fiddler at 6/23/2008 08:43:00 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Posted by Fiddler at 6/22/2008 07:27:00 AM
Thursday, June 19, 2008
So there you have it, I am ready to embark on a new journey for the summer, as an intern with the Maine Conservation Corps! Although I don't know many details, such as where I'll be or what I'll be doing or even when I will be coming home, I do know that I will be learning a lot about conservation of natural areas, effective methods of erosion control, and general trail maintenance in a variety of settings over the next two months.
The uncertain schedule has me unable to commit to much of anything until the middle of August. I have a couple of important things between now and then that I am hoping to be home for, but we'll have to see. My orientation and training takes place this coming Monday and I should know more then. In addition to steel toe boots, a rain coat, and assorted other clothing and equipment suggestions, they included such things on the list as a sense of humor, optimism, and instruments! Sounds like a great way to work away the summer!
For now, I feel great knowing that I am as healthy as I perceive myself to be!
Fit as a Fiddle is a contra dance written by the late Ted Sanella.
Posted by Fiddler at 6/19/2008 07:46:00 PM
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Posted by Fiddler at 6/18/2008 10:21:00 PM
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I chose this Waltz title because it had the word 'fern' in it... I didn't find many ferns in the woods this morning. "No ferns in the woods?" you wonder. Well, no ferns in the areas I am studying. I have had this idea of doing a botanical field study since I lived in Fayette years ago. I started a study of our property this spring, thinking I would collect, press, and dry samples but it proved an incredibly tedious job that I could not keep up with. My recent introduction to sketching and field notes have given me new inspiration to study our property - I've marked out 10'x10' areas, three to start with, in which I am collecting data. What trees, ferns, mosses, and other plants are growing? How does the vegetation differ as the land contours change? What are the unnatural landmarks, such as stone walls, iron pins, and old rusted buckets buried in the leaves? What birds are singing and are there animals roaming about? The more I look, the more I want to see. Although I eventually plan to study the entire property, I realize it could take a long, long time at this rate - and that's okay. There will be plenty of casual walks and rambles in which I can get the big picture too.
Bertil Fernebor Vals comes from Waltz Book, Volume Two.
Posted by Fiddler at 6/17/2008 10:10:00 AM
Monday, June 16, 2008
I need to get some steel toed boots for my internship with the Conservation Corps. Kathie suggested we go to Winterport Boots in Brewer where they sell Red Wing boots - these are recommended not only by Kathie but by the Corps. We stopped at the New Balance store in Skowhegan on the way so we could see what they had to offer - they only had steel toed sneakers which aren't recommended. So, we continued on our way up the interstate. I might mention that any chance to go to the Bangor area is a welcome trip since I get to stop in and see the grandchildren. Even though Winterport Boots is NOT open on Monday - yeah, who would have guessed that!?- we had a lovely afternoon visiting with the family. Paige just gurgles and coos, occasionally stopping long enough to grin and laugh. Avery is full of stories and ideas - we constructed a cell phone tower with his tinker toys and read Dr Seuss books.
The quest for Red Wings and other items on my list of essentials will continue throughout the week. Lamey Wellehan has Wolverine steel toes that will probably work out fine if I don't get back up to Brewer, I'm not too worried about it.
Red Wing is an old tune that can be found in the Fiddler's Fakebook.
Posted by Fiddler at 6/16/2008 09:11:00 PM
My sisters and I have this profoundly wonderful ability to spring along through our lives, learning and experiencing as much as we possibly can, never really staying 'still' for very long. Deb's fiddle debut yesterday, after only two lessons, is a clear example - as a gift to dad (and mom too), we played a lovely little French piece with Deb playing harmony on fiddle, me playing melody on fiddle, and Kathie playing the chords on guitar (completely by ear since we didn't have any chords figured out). This morning, Kathie headed off for Denver for two weeks of training related to her work. Wendi recently started a new job with new challenges and opportunities. Joline just got her contractor's license, making it possible for her to advance in her position at work. Off we go into whatever new adventures are around the corner!
Off She Goes is a lively jig that can be found in the New England Fiddler's Repertoire.
Posted by Fiddler at 6/16/2008 08:08:00 AM
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I've thought a lot about my dad these past few weeks as I've tromped around forest and field, looking at trees and other things. As kids, my sisters and I were part of a 4-H club, the Jug Hill Jack Rabbits. We got to choose some subject to learn about by doing projects - in addition to sewing and cooking (thanks mom for helping with those), I took outdoor projects like camping and forestry. I remember my dad going up over Jug Hill looking for just the right rocks to use for an in-ground barbecue pit, and helping me identify trees - collecting leaf and twig samples to assemble into a presentation board for the county fair. I'd forgotten a lot of the identifying features of even the most common trees, but I hadn't forgotten how much fun it was to figure it all out. So, thanks dad, for teaching me more than just mere facts about things - thanks for teaching me to love exploring and learning and appreciating nature.
Happy Father's Day!
Posted by Fiddler at 6/15/2008 11:13:00 AM
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Posted by Fiddler at 6/14/2008 08:09:00 AM
Friday, June 13, 2008
Posted by Fiddler at 6/13/2008 07:10:00 AM
Thursday, June 12, 2008
The final Nature Writing class met at the professor's house this morning to do chores and have breakfast before sharing our journals with one another and then leaving. It seems strange to have spent so much time with this small group over the past four weeks and then to have it just be over. I think the experience impacted all of us.
After handing in my journal, I felt a little empty, like something was missing. So, I went to the store and got a few new journals to try over the summer - different weight papers. I also got some nice sketching pens with different sized tips. These two sketches are my first experiments. This particular paper holds up well with a light wash of water, but puckered quite a bit under a good dousing (the top picture). I love the pens though, I can see I'll be using them a lot.
Posted by Fiddler at 6/12/2008 07:50:00 PM
Monday, June 09, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Posted by Fiddler at 6/08/2008 01:11:00 PM