Over the past couple of weeks, we've had a generous share of time with friends. Last weekend Daughter and I traveled to Brooksville to attend the Will Mclean Music Festival . We met with our friends Shirley and Wini. Shirley has been one my greatest musical influences since I started making music in Florida. She knows so much and so many people in the music community, and is always sharing beautiful albums and books with me. She's a very talented singer too.
Before that weekend I received an invitation to a homesteading skills gathering, and since I had already made plans for the festival, I declined. Later however, and to my pleasant surprise, I realized the gathering was taking place not far from the festival grounds, so with happiness in my soul, got into full baking mode for the trade and swap at the homesteading shindig and also decided to try my hand at the cute little bunny buns that roamed the internet that week.
|This is the photo I saw online that inspired me to bake the bunny buns.|
|This is my fat pumpernickel cat.|
Friday at the festival was beautiful. At times I felt a little guilty when Daughter was showing signs of boredom, but she kept herself entertained (books and a blanket are my best friends in these situations), and later that day I got my singing fix by signing up for the open mic session. That was fun!
|I loved watching this woman dancing by herself in the dark.|
|Daughter caught my 15 minutes of fame at the open mic stage.|
On Saturday we drove to the homesteading gathering. Tricia, the beautiful host and blogger put together an awesome line up of presentations, edible plant walks and workshops.
Later we went back to the festival to listen to a few of my favorite folk bands. Wini and Shirley introduced me to Amy Carol Webb, and even though I tried not to be all star-struck, well... you know how that goes. I kind of stuttered, and... I don't know... I was star-struck all right. She has an incredibly light and strong and beautiful energy around her. And of course, she's an awesome singer.
Daughter and I agreed that she'd try to enjoy the second day of the festival if we came back home that night. So we did. She doesn't like hotel rooms. Maybe we'll camp at the festival next year.
|The Karen & Donna Duo playing in St. Cloud's Hipstoric 3rd. Friday. We'll be sharing the stage with them next weekend in Apopka.|
|One of the gals at Peghorn is my dear friend Jacquie Dombovy. I'm always grateful for having crossed paths with her and her shiny and beautiful spirit. This is her garden.|
For the past year we've been saving the plastic bags that the newspaper comes in for artist Sarah Beck, from Orlando, who uses them for her pieces and had her installation exhibited yesterday. It's amazing how people find ways to transform the ugliness of waste into an inspiring and beautiful piece of art. We had to miss the show because we had to come straight back home after the park, as we were gifted with a new addition for the backyard flock. They moved in yesterday and are still trying to work their way up the pecking order. They lived in a very confined space and don't seem to know what to do with themselves in this new space with garden beds and fruit trees. The mulberries seemed to be a novelty to them. Now that the egg pile in the kitchen is growing, making Mexican flan has returned to the menu planning, as our other hens hadn't been laying enough eggs to even entertain the idea.
|"Look everybody! They have nest boxes!"|
And since the Three & One Acoustic Band played all morning yesterday at the park, we decided to take Sunday off and not have practice today.
|Happiness in my soul.|