Hootenanny Homestead

A Homesteading Journey

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Glassblowing, eh?

In another support of local small businesses, there was recently a tour through the area of various artists and studios.  While a large number of them ended up being things that I wasn’t all that interested in, I can’t say that I’m one to go spend a lot of time at art galleries and the like, there was one that stood out.  A local glassblowing set up was having a few demonstrations on glass blowing, and that just sounded interesting.

We first got to the shop and walked through.  It was the standard that you might expect, with various pieces about.  Inside was a lady demonstrating her glass etching.  She pretty much had a small grinder wheel with a small water hose Glassblowingto decrease the friction and as it got fired up she would freehand designs.  She had some lovely pieces and it was amazing to see her make these markings on the glass and watch them become a stunning design.

Next, we stepped outside to find a small scale glassblowing set up under a tent.  He had a small torch, a little table top kiln, and some hollow glass tubes.  It was pretty darn cool to see him just heat up the end of a tube and then use his tools to manipulate it.  Then he would blow through the cool end of the tube and the ornament he was making would expand.  It was cool to see.  If you would like to see some of his work you can find him at TmannGlass

GlassblowingThen we got to head into the big studio.  While the first demo was at the cool, I could see myself picking up some equipment and giving this a try, this second demo was “the big league”.  This was the long metal blow tubes of classic glassblowing and huge furnaces to keep a bowl of molten glass for days at a time.  It was amazing to see how he formed a hurricane lamp.  He had a lot of information and talked us through the whole process.

I must say, I found this intriguing.  I may at some point have to take a crack at glassblowing myself.

Another Farm Tour Post

Well, where does the time go?  Sometimes you just turn around and it is a new month.  I hope all of you had a great Halloween and all other associated holidays.  Now it is time to think back to last month, on another of our farm tour posts.  This time we stopped at an Alpaca Farm, to balance out going to a llama operation last year, due in no small part to the fact that both my wife and daughter really like alpacas.  This time around we visited Greenfield Farms Alpacas.
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Happy Halloween

A happy Halloween to all!


Garlic and Onions!

I have to say that so far I have failed at growing onions.  Year one I tried growing onions from seeds.  That just didn’t work out so well, I don’t know that I even got any to germinate.  Year two I decided I would take my luck with the little seed onions.  I planted them in the spring and some stalks shot up, but something happened.  They all seemed to suddenly die.  But now it is time for another crack at this one.
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Farm Tour Series: Woolf Lavender Farm

Let’s just start off by saying that I really enjoy lavender.  The smell, seeing a field full of it, it is beautiful.  I have some that is growing in my bee garden and I often find myself wanting to add a little more and a little more.  Well, during the farm tour we got to visit a lavender farm.  Woolf Lavender Farm to be precise and it was quite awesome to see.
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Farm Tour Time

With the coming of the fall, we have the beginning of a lot of fun activities.  Of course, there are hayrides and pumpkin picking and other things, but around here there are a number of farm tours going on.  We talked about some farm tours last year, this year we haven’t visited as many locations, but I wanted to post about at least a couple of them.  At least around here, there is a wide range of places to visit.  Some are more on the large-scale production agriculture model, while others are more of the small-scale, with a family tackling some sort of endeavor.  These are great places to visit to get some inspiration and find out who else is in the local area.
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Just Where Does the Time Go

As you might have noticed I hadn’t posted in a while.  I had some ideas to about things to write about and then the time just seems to have melted away.  Let me wish you all a good Fall and a Happy October!  I hope that all is going well for each of you!


A Little Bit of Throwback Fun

From the Department of Agriculture

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