I took the day off to even out from last week’s crazy hours, and so you get a Friday list this week. (You lucky thing!)
Oh, such a simple list!
Get up and dressed in a very special fair outfit, meet up with niece B, head off to meet Mom, then go to the (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) Common Ground Fair!
It is supposed to be a rainy day, so the very special fair outfit involves shorts, sneakers and warm socks, a t-shirt, sweater or sweatshirt, a raincoat, and a ball cap. All of which seriously impedes the ability to shop as all these layers fill the day pack when they are not in use! A towel, shoes, and socks go in the car so that the ride home can be warm and dry.
This year we are going to Thorndike to catch the train to the fair – a ten minute train ride that hopefully saves lots of traffic congestion and walking from distant parking lots. We would rather spend our walking around energy AT the fair, not getting TO the fair. Conveniently, the train drops us off near the flush toilets! Mom planned this change, can you tell?
Mom and B will want to spend loads of time with the farm animals large and small. Fortunately, the animal barns are always located fairly near the fiber and yarn tents. I am excited this year to check out spinning fibers by local dyers. Still not ready for a whole fleece (haven’t got hand carders!) so I won’t be lugging three bags full of wool around the fair. Maybe next year? But I do plan to get some pretty, unique yarn and fiber.
And who knows what I will find in the Maine-made artisan tents? So much great stuff is made here.
We have a new family rule this year for the fair, though, that I have to keep in mind – if you buy it, you carry it. So maybe I will leave a layer of clothing off so I can carry more. We’ll see how cold it is.
Then there is the food – ! Cousin B will likely be selling his wood-fired pizza, so delicious – and there is so much more. The food has to be Maine-sourced, which can make an interesting meal – but we harvest crab meat, and grow potatoes, and make maple goodies….I am hungry just thinking about it. I will take pictures there and pictures of the things I buy, and share them with you as I do each year – it will be like you came with me to the fair – get ready for a fun day!