It has been a long, long time!! The year has flown by, and we’ve been so immersed in living that blogging has fallen to the wayside. But with the advent of spring, and the Pussywillow blooming on the lilac outside the tea room window, it seemed time to connect back in. Lots of fun changes happening, we plan to show up here more often! Happy Spring!
It has been a shamefully long time since I’ve posted here. But I am called to action because a friend just wrote to ask if she could visit before I leave… she was reading my most recent post from one year ago! We are back at the farm fulltime, it has been a rich and abundant year. The roses are passing their peak, and the gardens already have that aura of autumn approaching. The month of August is a wonderful time on the land, so do plan a visit our way!
This year has brought dear old friends back to the land to live. A lovely cabin has been added and we are joined once again by David, who has been off adventuring the last 5 years. David was the founder of the meditative life on this land, and we are joyous to have him back with us. Also returning is Bonnie, known far and wide as the person who tamed the chickadees. Bonnie forged the prayer trail into being, making her way through the wilds many years ago to find the most magical places in the woods. David and Bonnie have been instrumental in building the foundations that we have here today on the farm.
We’ve got splendid new gardens going in! Johannes and his papa have made a rose sitting garden outside our picture window. And down beyond the sheepyard are two 80 foot beds and numerous smaller beds for squash and vegetables, with plans for many more. The fellows’ strong backs, with contributions from the sheep and ponies, have done a joint work of creating fine new composts. Despite the drought, the plants are thriving!
But with the change of seasons this autumn, there will be other exciting changes around the farm. Our family will be taking a bit of a sabbatical from rural splendor and will spend much of the year nesting in a little cottage beside a bubbling waterfall in Brooktondale, NY. Our family will be joining the Ithaca Waldorf School, with Regina teaching the 1st/2nd grade and with Johannes attending the 5th/6th grade. We won’t be too far away, we can be here in an hour whenever our hearts’ desire! We’ll spend weekends, holidays, and summers on the farm, with festivals going on as usual.
It is quite the task setting up three places at once. The cottage, the schoolroom, and the upheaval here as we make room for others… we moved the piano to a new room yet again! We welcome you to come see us this summer on the land, and this fall, do come and see us at Waterfall Cottage!
Family-Style Felting Workshop
For Children Aged 6 to 106!
Featuring Felted Valentine’s Bouquets
Saturday ~ Feb 4th ~ 12:30-4:00
With fiber artist Regina Mason
At the Ahimsa Yoga Center in the Dewitt Mall, next to the Moosewood
Working with natureʼs finest wool, warm soapy water, and felting needles, fellow felters will learn fun tricks of the trade and leave with the skills to create fine handmade gifts. The creative possibilities are endless!
$35 fee includes supplies
Family rates and limited scholarship available.
Children 6-11 must have an accompanying adult.
2-2:30 gentle yoga stretch and snack break, bring a snack
Please pre-register: (607) 693-3210
or e-mail via the Contact Us form on the sidebar
About Regina Mason: Fiber artisan, shepherdess, educator and homeschooling mother, Regina holds residence at the Shepherdʼs Child handwork studio at BelleWeather Farm in Coventry, NY. With her M.Ed., Waldorf, and public education certifications, Regina offers homespun and historic fiber arts to colleges, schools, homeschool collectives, conferences, fiber festivals, and historical events throughout the US.
Sunday, December 25th through Thursday, January 5th
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Soup’s On the Cookstove
In this darkest time of year, come share in some of the richest traditions of the season, followed by the evening’s events.
…What can you bring?…
Pot luck desserts, gluten welcome ~ Veggies for next day’s soup ~ Cider, fruit & cheese ~ Instruments, Songs, Wintry Poetry ~ Dear friends ~ Slippers & Sweaters
The Twelve Days Schedule of Events
Sun 25: Schmooze by the fire…
Mon 26: Song Circle
Tue 27: 8th Night Hanukah Celebration
Eight candles grace the Menorah on this last day of Hanukah. Join us for an evening of Martin Bidney‘s Klezmer fiddling, noshing on traditional Latkes, and playing dreidl.
Wed 28: Longer Tales for Taller Folk
Tuck your young’ns snug in bed and come on over while we share in a longer
literary piece that we rarely have time for. We’ll serve tea.
Thu 29: Schmooze by the fire…
Fri 30: Almost Epiphany Celebration
BelleWeather Children’s Puppet Festival presents:The Story of Cordita and the Three Little Men
An adaptation of Isabel Wyatt’s tale of a kind heart…
Brother and sister musical duo:
Jayne & Bram Pomplas
On fiddle and bodhran playing Irish Traditional fare
The evening closes with the:
Annual Gingerbread Village Demolition
Sat 31: New Year’s Eve Starlight Bonfire
Popcorn and marshmallows at the fire circle, hot cider on the stove….
Sun 1: New Year’s Day Song Circle
Mon 2: Schmooze by the fire…
Tue 3: Woolly Winter’s Eve
Bring along your current knitting or spinning project and enjoy a warm woolly evening together.
Wed 4: Schmooze by the fire…
Thu 5: Schmooze by the fire…
A Joyous New Year to All
from the two-legged, four-legged, and winged
at BelleWeather Farm!
Life is full, often too full to tend to blogging. But this was so special we had to post!
The Shepherd’s Child Handwork Studio was found by Coventry & Warwickshire BBC UK’s radio host Vic Minett. She was doing a search of other Coventrys around the world and found us! She called today to interview me, I was on live national radio in England!!!
Go to the following link to enjoy! The interview begins more or less around 2:20 on the playbar.
Please join us for the
BelleWeather Farm Youth Puppeteers
an adaptation of Eleanor Farjeon’s classic tale:
Friday August 12th
at BelleWeather Farm
6:30 pm ~promptly
Potluck Desserts Following
PLEASE RSVP (607) 693-3210