After the hardest part of Mom's recovery was over, Denny and I embarked on an ambitious garden plan ... I was so fatigued for months that it seemed too hard to climb the stairs and do brain-work in my office.
And life continued to happen--family events and trips, volunteer work and visits...along with a growing inertia as I wondered how to break the ice of absence.
But I've missed you and I'm happy to get back to sharing life in the Texas Hill Country and beyond.
Almost every Saturday morning, Denny and I go to the New Braunfels Farmer's Market for the best fresh food in the region, grown by farmers within 100 miles of town. It's not a chore like the grocery store, more like an extended family gathering. We wander the aisles, tasting and visiting. And after years of purchasing, I think of the sellers as 'our' farmers. We know them and often their families, where they live, what they raise and how they farm. I love buying from the producers--we're getting great food and our purchases help to feed their families.
But the market is more than food. There are woodworkers, jewelry-makers, kombucha producers and other artisans, such as Karen Davis and her angora rabbit Ashford.
On a small farm near the local airport, Karen cares for a hairy menagerie of goats, great pyrenees dogs, llamas, alpacas and angora rabbits, brushing and shearing them for the hair she uses to spin yarn she weaves into scarves. Or instead of spinning, felts into sturdy stylish hats.
When you rise in the morning to feed and groom your raw materials, your work is as much a way of life as a craft.
Ashford allowed me, and anyone else who wandered up, to pet her. Karen says angora rabbits are bred as much for placid dispositions as bountiful hair, a necessity for an animal handled often for brushing and shearing.
Of course everyone who petted Ashford smiled; soft imaginary-looking creatures provoke happiness.
Every hat and scarf is unique, worth the more-than-massed-produced but probably too low prices Karen charges for the items. And how often can a person buy clothing that comes with a load of good karma?
If you'd like to see Karen's work, stop by her booth, Entwined Fiber and Wire,
at the New Braunfels Farmers Market, on Castell Street a block east of San Antonio St., Saturdays from 9am-1pm. Or visit her website (link above) for contact info.
In case you can't wait, here's a video snippet of Karen and Ashford spinning hair into yarn:
If I'm lucky, I'll run into you at Karen's booth. Hope so.
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