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A Sadness At The Renaissance Festival

Back in 2012 the  Renaissance Festival had cleared out a new section for exhibits.  In that new section were some unbelievably awesome old trees. The trees were listed as being between 270 – 300 years old.  People were forming lines to take pictures of their kids with these trees, me included.  They were sooo awesome.

This year I noticed that there were many booths right along the tree line and I remembered the trees and went looking for them and their plaques.  What I found was disturbing and sad.

This poor old tree is damaged. Say 'hi!' to Saver (5'2")

This poor old tree is damaged. Say ‘hi!’ to Saver (5’2″)  Remember this?  Here is what it looks like now –

Just the bottom half of the tree is left.

Just the bottom half of the tree is left.

Oooold tree.

Oooold tree.  – Only now it looks like this –

Cut down and used as a decoration.

Cut down and used as a decoration.

We had to get in line to get this picture and Spider Bait moaned, groaned, and bitched through the whole thing. Mooooommmmm!!!!!

We had to get in line to get this picture and Spider Bait moaned, groaned, and bitched through the whole thing. Mooooommmmm!!!!!  – And now this –

This tree is still alive, but no plaque, large branches are missing, and they have a sign hung on it.

This tree is still alive, but no plaque, large branches are missing, and they have a sign hung on it.

I was so depressed over the fate of these trees.  They were so beautiful back in 2012.  I was told by a tree trimmer that removing all the trees around old trees can cause problems for the old trees because the trees around them offer protection from the elements.  It’s just sad.

Renaissance Festival 2015

No summer is complete without a trip to the Renfest.  We love the atmosphere, the shows, the people and the shops.  With Saver of Bugs back at home, it was a true family event.

This year will have fewer pictures of the shows in order to show you some of the other things that promote the atmosphere. Feel free to search ‘Renfest’ to see pictures from past years. Enjoy!

There were a few people there that weekend. And there's another hill you can't see in the photo!

Look at all those cars. There were a few people there that weekend. And there’s another hill you can’t see in the photo!

glassblower

This is one of our favorite stops.  There are glass canteens hanging in front there with some ornamental balls to the right. I have purchased one or two of the balls over the years.

dragon

Mad Maggie and her Dragon Richard roaming the grounds.  ‘Richard’ performs tricks.  Think of every groaner bone joke you can.  You know, like ‘boning up’ on your tricks? Groan.

down in the woods

A small play and rest area with shops down below.  Like Hedge Witch Apothecary which has a stunning array of organic herbal products and teas.  I could just stand there for hours breathing in the scents.

skidmore

Skidmark, the Village Beggar, hamming it up for my picture.

Music

Cast In Bronze, “The Carillon” another staple of our trips.

Me on the same convenient tree as last year. No, I'm not pregnant. The dress poofed when I sat down. Soooo attractive! :D

Me on the same convenient tree as last year. No, I’m not pregnant. The dress poofed when I sat down. Soooo attractive! 😀

Saver of Bugs, on the other hand, looks great!

Saver of Bugs, on the other hand, looks great!

Isabella, Cursed in Stone.  I do not know how she can stand all day in that outfit!  Not to mention sweaty pig that I am, all the make-up would just run right off!

Isabella, Cursed in Stone. I do not know how she can stand all day in that outfit! Not to mention, sweaty pig that I am, all the make-up would just run right off! How does she stay cool!?

Isn't her costume just awesome!?

Isn’t her costume just awesome!?

We, of course, had to try some medieval skills.  See that arrow hanging off the side on the upper left?  Yep, that's me! :)

We, of course, had to try some medieval skills. See that arrow hanging off the side on the upper left? Yep, that’s me! 🙂

Zinnia, the Bubble Fairy.  She wanders around making bubbles, large and small for the kids.  And never says a word.

Zinnia, the Bubble Fairy. She wanders around making bubbles, large and small for the kids.  There is bubble juice in the metal cone.  She interacts without ever saying a word.  Her face is sooo expressive!

And while we were there, we had to shop!

Spider Bait added to his shot glass collection.  The dragon's head is the base when you stand it up to use the glass.

Spider Bait added to his shot glass collection. The dragon’s head is the base when you stand it up to use the glass.

My flip phone is in there for perspective.  Saver of Bugs got (clockwise) a tealight lantern which is red not orange (we couldn't get the colors to photograph correctly), a bird whistle that works by putting water in it and then blowing, an agate geode that is thin enough on the back to let light in and make the insides glow reddish brown, some pretty metal necklaces, a dumoriterite crystal, an emerald crystal with other things mixed in (she forgot to ask), and two polished agate necklaces.  Quite a haul!

My flip phone is in there for perspective. Saver of Bugs got (clockwise) a tealight lantern which is red not orange (we couldn’t get the colors to photograph correctly), a bird whistle that works by putting water in it and then blowing, an agate geode that is thin enough on the back to let light in and make the insides glow reddish-brown, some pretty metal necklaces, a dumoriterite crystal, an emerald crystal with other things mixed in (she forgot to ask), and two polished agate necklaces. Quite a haul!

Clockwise - A fanny pack with multiple pockets (two zippered), a pewter fairy with crystals, a leopardite crystal, a dumoriterite crystal above, and to the left a sunstone crystal, and a septarian sphere.

Clockwise – A fanny pack with multiple pockets (two zippered), a pewter fairy with crystals, a lepidolite crystal (it’s purple), a dumoriterite crystal above (blue), and to the left a sunstone crystal (orange and white), and a septarian sphere.  I didn’t do so bad myself. (I save up for this weekend every year 🙂 )

I can’t wait for next year!

Ryder’s First Trip To The State Park (Part 2)

We're here!

We’re here!

"Mom, what is that?"

“Mom, what is that? It’s loud and jumps all over the place!  Will it eat me?”

"What's that, Ryder?  Let's go look."

“What’s that, Ryder? Let’s go look.”

"Yes!  Good Boy!"

“Yes! Good Boy!”

"It's wet!"

“Good boy, Ryder!” /  “Mom, it’s wet!”

"Are we done, mom?"  "Okay, Ryder, let's go!"

“Are we done, mom?” / “Okay, Ryder, let’s go!”

"Ryder, waaaait!!!"

“Ryder, waaaait!!!”

Ryder and Spider Bait checked out the cave.  Ryder goes on alert and shortly after people show up!

Ryder and Spider Bait checked out the cave. Ryder goes on alert and shortly after people show up!

The springs, of course!

The springs, of course!

Ryder checking out the view from the path that led up to where a hotel and spa used to be over 150 years ago.  The wall Ryder is standing on is very, very old!

Ryder checking out the view from the path that led up to where a hotel and spa used to be over 150 years ago. The wall Ryder is standing on is very, very old!

I found this really interesting lichen.  It was four inches across!

I found this really interesting lichen. It was four inches across!

We spent some time letting Ryder follow his nose on nearby trails. Dogs need to be dogs!

We spent some time letting Ryder follow his nose on nearby trails. Dogs need to be dogs!

And then Spider Bait and Ryder led the way back!

And then Spider Bait and Ryder led the way home!

Of course, this being me and all, it wasn’t quite that simple. 😀  Upon reaching the car we realized we hadn’t brought a towel to dry Ryder off with or a sheet to protect the back seat. *shakes head* So back down to the creek in a rocky spot to bathe the dog and then make sure he stayed out of the mud on the way back to the car.  That kept the mess to a minimum.  We’ll remember next time!

Ryder’ First Trip To The State Park (Part 1)

A month ago, right before things went crazy around here again, Spider Bait and I managed to get Ryder to the State Park for the first time.  The walk to the Mineral Springs would be an easy jaunt along and over and through a creek.  The weather was gorgeous and with all the rain there would be plenty of flowing water to introduce him to.

Not far into the woods I came across this gorgeous patch of wild monarda.  The scent was heavenly.

Not far into the woods I came across this gorgeous patch of wild monarda. The scent was heavenly. You can’t see in this photo, but the area was alive with bees and flies and many other insects taking advantage of the nectar.

"What's that?!"  Ryder wasn't sure the 'brown' water was still just water. :)

“What’s that?!” Ryder wasn’t sure the ‘brown’ water was still just water. 🙂

Ryder finally decided it was worth dashing through.

Ryder finally decided it was worth dashing through.

Along the way was this gorgeous boulder.

Along the way was this gorgeous boulder.

I asked Spider Bait to see if he could get Ryder to investigate the boulder.

I asked Spider Bait to see if he could get Ryder to investigate the boulder. Notice how Ryder has his head down, nose glued to the ground.  I was waiting for him to wander into the water somewhere and get a snoot full, but he was paying attention and only snorted mud. 😀

"Ryder, what's that?" Our phrase to get him to check something out.  Very useful when he's spooked over something.  "Let's go up!"

“Ryder, what’s that?” Our phrase to get him to check something out. Very useful when he’s spooked over something. “Let’s go up!”

Of course with a slow loading camera I had to chose to wait for the 'up' part. There was a brief scrabble and slide off, but instead of being deterred, it fired him up.  A more determined assault followed.  Success!

Of course, with a slow loading camera I had to choose to wait for the ‘up’ part. There was a brief scrabble and slide off, but instead of being deterred, it fired him up. A more determined assault followed. Success!

Such a good puppy!

Shoulder rub! Such a good puppy!

Another interesting boulder with lovely growth on it.

Another interesting boulder with lovely growth on it.  It is amazing the places plants find to grow and thrive.

Spider Bait and Ryder traversing the creek.  Ryder now considering himself an old hand.  Not all the time in the creek was training time.  Where this trail is located, the creek is part of the trail.  Large rocks have been placed to help keep your feet dry, but when the water is up - expect to get wet!

Spider Bait and Ryder traversing a rocky portion of the creek. Ryder now considers himself an old hand. Not all the time in the creek was training time. Where this trail is located, the creek is part of the trail. There are two wooden bridges put up where the creek is too rocky, steep, or deep for easy crossing for the average person. You can see the one up near the cave in the background of this picture.  Large rocks have been placed to help keep your feet dry in shallower parts, but when the water is up – expect to get wet!  (and muddy!)

We're here!

We’re here!

More to come!

 

I Couldn’t Resist. Another Ryder Then And Now.

Going by the week, four weeks to a month, Ryder just turned six months old. By birth date, August 1st will see him six months old.  My, how time flies when life is smacking you around.  Despite no serious formal training other than housebreaking and some basic manners, he still has turned out to be a really good dog. Gotta love those Border Collies.  They can’t help but learn things, taught or not.  I can’t wait to see who he becomes as time goes by.

A picture opportunity presented itself tonight at dinner and I couldn’t help but grab it.  Enjoy!

At 7 1/2 weeks - I'm too tired to eat my supper.  A new home is very tiring.

At 7 1/2 weeks – I’m too tired to eat my supper. A new home is very tiring.

I'm getting plenty of exercise while we're babysitting Grandma's Shnoodle.  My family calls her 'crazy Daisy'.

At six months – I’m getting plenty of exercise while we’re babysitting Grandma’s Schnoodle. My family calls her ‘crazy Daisy’.

On a side note: For those of you following Le Tour De France, here is a cool video of the switchbacks on Lacets de Montvernier that the riders will be climbing today:

 

Sometimes It’s Nice To Have A Crochet Buddy

It's nice to have a crochet buddy from time to time.  And he doesn't try to eat the yarn!

It’s nice to have a crochet buddy from time to time.  Even if he can be a bit of a lap hog. 😀

 

Ryder at 20 Weeks

I thought it would be interesting to show the difference that only a few months can make in a puppy’s life.  Ryder came to us at 7 weeks of age and was 9 lbs at 8 weeks of age.  He is now 20 weeks old and 33 lbs. It is amazing how much he has grown!

Remember this little guy?  Aww, isn't he sweet?

Remember this little guy? Aww, isn’t he sweet?

How about those ears!?

How about those ears!?

He made himself at home pretty quick!

He made himself at home pretty quick! To think he was so tiny not so long ago!

These days he pretty much fills the crate!

These days he pretty much fills the crate!

Our little disc dog.

Our little disc dog?

Isn't so little any more!

Isn’t so little any more!

He was so tiny next to my foot!

He was so tiny next to my foot! I was afraid of accidentally squishing him!

And he's not even done growing!

So big now!  And he’s not even done growing!

Get that ball! It's almost half his size!

Get that ball!  This Jolly Ball survived its previous owner (Jake) and has been passed down to Ryder.

Mine!

Mine!

He does love his ball!

“Catch me if you can!” –  He does love his ball!

What's that? Attention puppy style.

“What’s that?” Attention puppy style!

Attention pre-teen style!  Note the foot on the frisbee staking his claim.

Attention pre-teen style! Note the foot on the frisbee staking his claim.

Such a tiny bundle!

Such a tiny bundle! Not even a lapful.

Now he doesn't fit in my lap at all!

Now he doesn’t fit in my lap at all!

I hope you enjoyed the past and present comparison.  It certainly is astonishing how fast they grow!