We hope everyone had a terrific and safe Fourth of July. This is my favorite holiday. It’s a time to honor these United States, our history, warts and all. For me it is a time to reflect and find inspiration from how far we have come and our hopes and dreams for tomorrow, as individuals and as a country.
Sandy and I spent the holiday in Taos, NM. We spoke with a Vietnamese family that had immigrated to this country just before the fall of Saigon. As naturalized citizens they celebrate the 4th every year to honor a country that took them in with nothing but the shirts on their backs and gave them the opportunity to create a life for themselves.
We went to the local farmers market and purchased fresh vegetables and baked breads. Stopped in to see our friends Cathy and Wayne Book who own Mooncat Fiber, where they carry our hats & bags. Like us, they left careers in the East to pursue passions inspired by the Land of Enchantment. Cathy’s into yarns and fabrics and Wayne is an amazing silversmith.
On to the arts and crafts fair in Kit Carson Park to see the variety of handcrafted talent. Purchased a couple of pieces of impressive and practical pottery from a very interesting potter, Andy Sanders, an Englishman by birth, whose studio is in Santa Fe.
We lunched in the beautiful gardens at the Farmhouse Cafe, where all foods offered are from the small farms in or near Taos. Many restaurants in New Mexico are joining that “buy local – support the small farm” movement.
Filled with the inspiration of handcrafts, local talent and small farm operations we returned to Whispering Spirit Alpacas and our passion of creating the needle felted garments of Whispirit.
Thanks……… Until next week…… Lee