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NY Sheep And Wool Festival …

… or more commonly known in knitting, spinning and fiber circles as…  Rhinebeck.

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We set off about 7:30am  this past Saturday.   The sky was gorgeous the entire day.  When we got to Rhinebeck around 9 – 9:30 there were already a gabillion cars there.  This is only about a fourth of how many eventually arrived.  I’m not a good judge of how many people were there as they kept moving around, but I’m guessing between 3 and 4,000.  Even though it was in the 50’s most of the day with probably 20 mph winds… people were cheerful and courteous and very bundled in their hand knits.


Our little Ramble came along because, what better place for a sheep to visit then a sheep and wool festival.  Please CLICK HERE to read Deb’s blog and see pictures of Ramble’s big day at Rhinebeck.

We had a great time…shopped a little, ate a little (yummy apple crisp) and met up with friends from Juniper Moon Farm.

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October Visit …


It’s been a long time since I’ve visited the Vineyard in the autumn.  The foliage is starting to turn to rusts and yellows and the colors of the landscape are taking on  subdued, hushed tones.   In other words, the Vineyard is as beautiful as always.

My daughter Deb, her dog Chappy and I sailed on the ferry  ‘Martha’s Vineyard’, landing at the new wharf in Oak Bluffs.

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Chappy had a new companion this trip, Ramble the sheep who was adopted by us in Edgartown in 1984.  You can CLICK HERE to read about his adventures on MV this week.  CLICK HERE to read his regular blog about his travels around the US.


We had perfect weather, even the rain gods looked the other way except for a few drops one morning.

From Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven and Edgartown

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to Menemsha and Aquinnah…

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…we traveled from Down-Island to Up-Island and places in between.  We met up with old friends, ate good food, did some shopping and enjoyed everything the Vineyard had to offer to us.

Please CLICK HERE and enjoy reading Deb’s account of our trip.  I’ll be back with more posts and pictures in the days to come.

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Ramble The Travelling Ram Blog Update …



One year ago this month Ramble began his journey visiting knitters around the country.  He has been hosted by 13 out of 24  knitters in such states as NJ, NY, MA, CT, ME, OK, PA and MN.

Deb and I adopted Ramble in 1984 from a shop in Edgartown.  For 25 years he sat quietly on a shelf on a bookcase in our family room… and I say quietly because during that time he lost his ‘baaaa’ noise.

CLICK HERE to read my update on Ramble from March 2010.

CLICK HERE to read Ramble’s blog.  He’s had many interesting and fun adventures. Also read about how his box arrived at one destination and Ramble was not in it !!!

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Ramble The Travelling Ram Update …

When last I first posted, in Sep, 2009 (CLICK HERE) about Ramble the sheep he was just beginning his adventures visiting knitters around the country.   Ramble was adopted at a lovely store in Edgartown in the summer of 1984 by Deb and me.  He sat quietly on a bookcase in our family room for 25 years…and I say quietly because somewhere along the way he lost his ‘baaaaaa’ noise.

Now, months into his journey Ramble has visited NJ, ME, NY, MN, OK, PA, CA, NY, and CT.  He has been the guest of 7 of the 33 people waiting for his visit.  He stays about two weeks with each of his hosts, it’s going to be quite awhile before he returns to us in NJ.

Along the way Ramble has collected a few belongings, among them… a scarf, a jr game warden badge from the state of Maine, and his very own Mickey Mouse hat at Disneyland.  He’s been to show and tell at a nursery school, visited the Southfork ranch from the show “Dallas”, and has videos on his blog of his drive up the coast of California, and visited the Amistad in Mystic, Ct.

You really have to visit Ramble’s blog yourself to see and read about this adventurous and friendly sheep. CLICK HERE or on any of the highlighted links to visit his blog.  Go on now…