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This is Ramble the sheep. He was adopted in 1984 from a lovely store in Edgartown and came to live with us in New Jersey. For 25 years he sat quietly on the top shelf of a bookcase in our family room. Years ago he used to baaaa when you turned him upsidedown but he lost that ability as he got older. He watched our comings and goings over the years and never let on that he himself was feeling some wanderlust in his sheepy heart.
But now his time to travel the country and meet new people has come. Through the generosity of the humungeous knitting community that populates the US (and online)… Ramble will be spending about two weeks each with various knitter hosts, I think there are 20 or so hosts already to meet him.
Join Ramble as he criss crosses the country and finally returns home to New Jersey.
(Pictured taken Oct 1985)
Alley’s General Store, located in Chilmark opened for business in 1858. It is the oldest operating retail business on the Vineyard, which almost came to an end in the 1980′s. Fortunately around 1993 the MV Preservation Trust bought the property, renovated it and gave “the dealers in almost anything” a new lease on life.
Step inside Alley’s and be amazed and delighted at what you might find there, it’s a general store in the truest sense of the word. Take a look at the ever present bulletin board notices… catch up on the local news of the day… or just sit on the porch with a cup of coffee.
For a virtual tour of Alley’s click here.
This coming Saturday Sep 19, 2009, is Tivoli Day in Oak Bluffs. For anyone who doesn’t know, or remember the Tivoli building in Oak Bluffs, I’m reposting a blog entry below of my memories of it.
Every year in September, Oak Bluffs hosts its annual street fair and block party known as Tivoli Day. Where did the name come from… and where can you find the Tivol on MV ! You can’t, only memories of it remain.
The two story, full block Tivoli Dance Hall stood from 1901 until 1964 where the Oak Bluffs Town Hall is today. The bottom floor housed shops and an ice cream parlor. My godmother worked in the ice cream parlor and I always enjoyed visiting her there… one time in particular jumps to mind. I was 3 years old and had newly mastered winking and was anxious to put it to use. Sitting at a table behind my mother and facing me was a sailor. Being that I was wearing a sailor dress I figured we had something in common and so I began winking at him… it did not take long for my mother to notice. She turned around and as she did the young sailor headed for our table. He smiled and said he was alone on the Vineyard for the day and wanted to tell my mother how charming he thought I was. (Blushing here). Not only did my mother invite him to join us at the table but she invited him home for dinner (this was the mid 1940′s). I was amazed at how powerful this winking thing was. I don’t know if we ever kept in touch with him but obviously I’ve never forgotten him… but I do keep the winking thing to a minimum.
The entire second floor of the Tivoli Dance Hall was just that, the dance hall. It was huge, at least in the eyes of a 4 year old being dragged there against her will for a dance lesson. I loved all the windows and how far you could see out of them, I liked the clicking noise my shoes made on the floor, I liked the brand new sundress I had on… but, I did NOT like the group dancing part. I remember reluctantly getting in line with the other victims, er children, but my feet did not move, they planted themselves firmly in one spot and stayed there. Everyone danced around me but I did not care to join in. My mother was not happy with me… not only didn’t I dance or even talk… but we didn’t even come home with a sailor for dinner.
This giant Japanese Pagoda tree in Edgartown is the oldest of its kind on our continent. It was brought to Martha’s Vineyard from China as a seedling in a flower pot by Captain Thomas Milton. He came to the Vineyard during the War of 1812 and liked the Vineyard so much that he decided to stay. He bought land and built a house on S Water Street which this beautiful tree shades. The Thomas Milton house is now part of the Harborside Inn.
Do you love giveaways? Do you love goats? Have you always wanted a small flock of angora goats? If you have then this incredible giveaway is yours if you qualify.
Our friend, Susan Gibbs, the owner of the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm has more goats than she needs to supply her with beautiful mohair. She is generously giving away a small flock of her award winning angora goats and a custom made Sand Creek shed to house them in.
Read Susan’s post below, or click on THIS LINK to find out what the giveaway is all about and how to enter.
Send essays to : Susie@fiberfarm.com
All essays must be received by Wednesday, September 16
I have been keeping a secret since May, which may be a new record for me. A very big secret. That I have kept [almost] completely to myself for four months now. And now that the day for revealing my big news has arrived, I find it difficult to begin.
I guess I should start by saying that the past three years have been a complete whirlwind for me. My flock, my farm, my CSA have been embraced by so many kind, thoughtful, wonderful people and, because of all that support, I have never been in the position of having to sell any of my animals for meat or send any of them to an uncertain (but really certain) fate at the auction. I will never be able to express what that means to me. Not if I live to be a million. Not ever.
Now that I find myself in the position of having more angora goats than I need to supply us with Mohair, I want to pass along the kindness you all have shown to me to another would-be shepherd. So, with the help of my good friend Lauria and the wonderful people at Sand Creek Post and Beam, we are giving away a small hand-spinner’s flock of our award-winning Angora goats and a custom-made Sand Creek run-in shed to house them in.
Obviously, this is going to be a bit more complicated than our regular giveaways.
Here’s how it works:
Anyone interested in entering this giveaway will need to send me an essay telling me why you’d like to have a small herd of Angora goats. Your essay can contain photos, video, whatever, but mostly I want to hear why you’d like to be a shepherd. Have you always wanted sheep or goats of your own? Do you yearn to set up your spinning wheel in the pasture amongst the goats? Tell me all about it.
All essays will be screened by me and Erin. If I think you have the acreage, dedication and heart to care for these animals, I will post your essay here on the blog. Then all of our readers will have the chance to vote of which essay they like best. Once y’all have narrowed the field to the top three, the folks at Sand Creek and I will select a winner.
The fine print: You don’t need to be a shareholder to enter. You don’t necessarily need experience with fiber animals to enter- everyone has to start somewhere- but you do need to understand the work involved in raising livestock. Do a little research into Angora goats before entering. Once we have chosen a winner, he/she and I will work together to put together a small flock that makes sense for the winner’s level of expertise. Beginning farmers should probably start with five wethered males; a shepherd with a working knowledge of Angoras might rather have five bred nanny goats. We’ll figure out what works best together and won’t let you leave with more than I know you can handle. I will also be available by email and phone while you learn the ropes.
Sand Creek Post and Beam will be shipping the custom-made run-in directly to the winner. [It comes unassembled with great instructions! Have I mentioned how much I love, love, love this company? As a matter of fact I have.] The livestock will need to be picked up at our New York farm by the winner within a month of the giveaway’s end. (I can recommend a reputable livestock shipper if necessary, but the cost of shipping will be incurred by the winner.)
All essays must be received by Wednesday, September 16th. I reserve the right not to award the flock to anyone if I don’t think there is a suitable candidate. These animals are my responsibility, and I won’t let them leave my care if I am not completely confident that they will have a have happy, healthy life in their new home.
Send essays to : Susie@fiberfarm.com
The board and the pieces.
Choose a shell and let’s begin. Collect $20,000 upon arrival on MV, remember it’s only a game.
OK, here we go, let’s amass some real estate…or even a Flying Horse.
Free coupons are always nice.
50 mph on Circuit Ave !!! Home beautiful award for the jail !!! Interesting cards.
Game is over, I won.