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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

How I Spent My Weekend . . .

I feel like I’m back on track again. I’ve been doing quite a bit of weaving and jewelry making these past few days, with a little exploration and lawn-mowing thrown into the mix.

Saturday was my husband, Matt’s birthday so we all went down to Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington for a tasting. It’s also where we were married last September. It was a beautiful day as we sampled wines then went over to Mystic to shop and have dinner.

The back wall at the edge of Jonathan Edwards Winery.

Ryan, Christina, Matt, and Sean at Jonathan Edwards

Christina, me, Matt and Sean at Jonathan Edwards.

On Sunday Matt and I took one of Matt’s assistants, in from China for some work (also his first trip to the US), to Old Sturbridge Village for the day. Lots of fun. I love history and learning about daily life in the past.

The church.

They later took these two oxen out and plowed a field.

A beautiful rooster

This chicken made a shallow hole to roll in the dirt, dusting off bugs and such.

The potter, one of the many crafts and tradesmen demonstrating at the village.

Matt and Zheda walking on stilts. It's one of the games available on the path to play with. You won't see me on the stilts because I was wearing a full, flouncy skirt and I didn't feel like getting all tangled up and breaking a leg. Yeah, I'm sure some daring girls tried it back in 1830 . . .
Matt and Zheda playing the Les Graces or the Flying Circle game. Hold two sticks and throw (and catch) a wooden circle to each other. I did do this and caught a few myself!
Ok, very cool - they were dying yarn, from sheep in the village, right there with materials such as madder, osage, cochineal, and black walnut.

And spinning and weaving demonstrations.

Here are two skeins I bought from the store there, made and dyed with osage and cochineal dyes on site.


  1. This was fun to read. I must say that those were some of the shortest stilts I have ever seen, hee hee.


  2. Thanks! Of, course, my husband could walk on the, - show off - but some of the kids had trouble! It was a fun day.