1. County Fair.
I love county fairs. This week I spent a few hours volunteering to demonstrate spinning at our handweavers and spinners booth in the agricultural building. One would not readily and immediately think of 'country' and 'Southern California' in the same setting. But Ventura County which is adjacent to Los Angeles County has a distinctive and extensive agricultural presence in Southern California. (Note: if you eat strawberries in January, it's a good chance they were picked and shipped from Ventura County. Ditto on blueberries. Or carrots and spinach. Or kale and parsley.) So the theme of this year's fair was "A Country Fair with Ocean Air" because, you know, Ventura County hugs the Pacific Ocean. Think: just north of Malibu.) Opening Day is always super busy. During my hours of spinning, there was hardly a lull in people passing by and asking, "What are you doing?" I enjoy talking with the kids and showing them how ALL fiber is made into 'string' which is woven or knitted into every bit of clothing they wear.
2. It's always fun to watch the dare devils on the rides.
There is NO way in the world I am going to get on the bungee jump. But it was thrilling to watch these jumpers get their nerve up and then jump.
See the large palm tree down in the lower left corner? Yeah, that's how high they were.
3. BEACH BOYS! How appropriate it was to have the BEACH BOYS play on Thursday night on the stage across a parking lot from THE BEACH. We sat high up in the bleachers about as far out as you can get and still be in the arena. Behind us, we could see the waves rolling in and crashing on the sand, and in front of us, the BEACH BOYS were playing and singing Surfer Girl and Surfin' USA.
4. I did something this week I've been promising myself I would do--for YEARS. I wove a rug!
I haven't brought it home from my friend's studio because it is still 'on the loom'. When the rest of the warp is used for another rug, I'll return and watch (help?) to take it off the loom and finish the edges.
5.. My youngest girl's birthday was this week. It's birthday season here and although she is the youngest of the siblings, her birthday begins it. Born in the interior highlands of New Guinea, in the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya (now called Papua), she spent her early years playing in the jungle and at the tropical seashore. She's a great wife and mom and we are proud of the godly, wise woman she has become.
First beach day
So those are the highlights of Willow's Week.