Each year, our garden hosts the fourth grade of one of our local elementary schools in the Fall and then again in Spring. This year was special because the fourth graders that came have been to our garden before -- three years ago they came as first graders and released butterflies they had raised in their classrooms into our garden!
|All pictures taken by Debra Levine for Rivers Run CG.|
They also particpated in workshops on composting (facilitated by two of our members)....
....bullying (facilitated by officers from our community police force)......
....and self defense (taught by senseis from a local martial arts school).
The kids always have a great time, come armed with information learned in their science classes and ask good questions. They will be back in late Spring just before school lets out for the summer to visit us again. Hopefully the tulips will still be around then and they will definitely get to see the garlic they planted and which will be about a month away from harvest when they come. We always hope we have encouraged some future gardeners!
Garden event over, we were off! My DH, DS1 and I headed down to......
My MIL's husband has been seriously ill for a while now and the plan was for us to stay a week. However he was released from a physical rehab facility two days after we arrived so we had to stay a few extra days to help out until they could arrange for home care. We wound up not getting back home until this past Saturday.
I'd been gathering materials and project ideas since we talked about this in the summer. I was able to present in the demo to the Association's Class Committee what techniques I could teach. We agreed to hold the class in mid November. With my husband taking the first shift for the drive down, I of course, used that as an opportunity to work on hexies!
Once we were in NC, the trip was also the opportunity to FINALLY crack open my long awaited "travelling kit" --- I had packed up Bonnie Hunter's "Old Tobacco Road" last year as a travel kit and now I got to finally start it!
This is a post-trip shot of the pack up -- I forgot to take a shot of my setup while in my MIL's sewing room. I got this started just in time too since Bonnie's next mystery will be starting soon. We had been so busy down there that I only manged to get 3/4 of the Part 1 Four Patches done and barely started the Part 2 HSTs. Now that I'm back home, it's a start that I can build on that's perfect for daily fifteen minute sewing sessions.
All summer Vanessa Vargas-Wilson, The Crafty Gemini, had held "Friday Flash Sales". Each week she offered a fabric bundle for a project kit. In July she had one for a zippered pouch. The kit included a bundle of fat quarters anchored by a cute "Church Kitchen Ladies" print and included a zipper with a cute charm attached and instructions to make the pouch. Since my MIL is a dedicated church lady (although as far as I know she doesn't help with the kitchen duties!), I just knew she'd get a kick out of it. I purchased the kit with plans to make it up and gift it to her when we got to NC. Unfortuately time did not permit me to make the pouch before going down but I was able to make it up while there. After I finished the pouch, my MIL wanted a strap so she could carry her keys and cell phone around while at church so I obliged.
|This shot I DID get in her sewing room!|
So now that we are back home this has been a busy week of appointments, checking in on our garden plot, laundry (despite having done a load of wash before we left!), shopping (to restock what DS2 ate while we were away!) and some additional quilty shopping for some things I hadn't been able to find while in NC. With all of that and a forecast of rain for today, I decided not to buy candy for Trick or Treaters. In fact, it's been pretty quiet this evening which gave me the chance to finish up these posts! If you are entertaining little (or big!) visiting ghosts and goblins, I wish you a safe and Happy Halloween!