The Carding Academy of Traditional Arts hosted a bus trip to visit the always wonderful Vermont Quilt Festival in Essex Junction this past weekend.
Everyone came home Saturday exhausted and exhilarated by the color and sheer genius of the creators who are celebrated in the oldest running quilt show in New England.
Here’s a tiny sampling of what we saw.
Our first really hot day in Carding yesterday.
The beach on Half Moon Lake was crowded—school just let out last week—and the kids were diving from the rocks, climbing back up and diving again.
Every so often, when the wind is just right, one of the balloonists who works over the mountains in Quechee floats in our direction.
This was the view just as the sun started down behind the hills along the Corvus River.
Drippy day here in Carding. But every farmer and gardener in town is breathing a sigh of relief. We needed the rain.
The Carding Campgrounds were badly damaged by Hurricane Irene. Nearly three years later, the worst destruction has been cleared away, and the damage to individual houses repaired.
But the walking trails, covered by two feet or more of silt washed down by the Corvus River, had remained closed because there hasn’t been time to reopen them.
Until now. Last weekend, a troupe of workers with mowers and clippers reopened the main trail through to Royal Buchanen Road as well as some of the feeder trails.
We all marveled at the way some of the ancient plants—horse tail, fiddlehead ferns, and willow—have flourished. While invasives such as the dreaded Japanese knotweed and stinging nettle have spread.
But the paths are reopened. Hooray.
The woodworking teacher at the Carding Academy of Traditional Arts, J.C. Davis, is also a photographer and something of a bird watcher when he gets the chance.
He spent a recent afternoon shooting high speed pictures of hummingbirds around a feeder. Even at 1/400 of a second, their wings are a blur.
This little guy is getting ready to imbibe.