By William Wordsworth
This is the spot:—how mildly does the sun
Shine in between the fading leaves! the air
In the habitual silence of this wood
Is more than silent: and this bed of heath,
Where shall we find so sweet a resting-place?
Come!—let me see thee sink into a dream
Of quiet thoughts,—protracted till thine eye
Be calm as water when the winds are gone
And no one can tell whither.—my sweet friend!
We two have had such happy hours together
That my heart melts in me to think of it.
Dementordelta had to work all weekend and I had a funeral, so we decided that we both needed a day to decompress. Our original plan was to go see The Avengers, but the timing of the shows wasn't great (we'd have had to skip lunch) and I discovered as she was driving up here that W.E., Madonna's Wallis-and-Edward movie, was on Amazon Instant Video as of last week, which we figured meant we were destined to watch it. It's not great, but it's not nearly as heinous as the reviews made it out to be; as Delta said, it's not even the worst movie about Wallis and Edward out there. Abbie Cornish looks uncannily like young Meg Tilly with dark hair and it's impossible for me to look at Katie McGrath as Thelma Furness and not see Morgana, but the costumes and interiors are lovely and we just ignored things we knew to be factually wrong.
We went to Lebanese Taverna for lunch, then stopped in Tuesday Morning to see whether they had any new half-price Barbies or awesome stationery (they had both, so we both now own the Grace Kelly To Catch a Thief doll and some cards). Then we came back to my house because we had also discovered that the BBC Romeo and Juliet from 1978 -- with young Alan Rickman as Tybalt and younger Anthony Andrews as Mercutio -- was streaming for free on Amazon Instant Video. It wasn't the best production of R&J, but the tights and codpieces alone made it worth watching. Paul took Adam to Glen Echo to see about interning there over the summer. After Delta had to go home, my family had tofu dogs and watched Smash, which these days makes me roll my eyes except when someone is singing. Here are some of non-sheep photos from the Sheep and Wool Festival:
A woman spins yarn directly from the angora bunny in her lap.
Examples of finished products are displayed alongside hand-dyed yarn for sale...
...from Dancing Leaf Farm, which we visit several times a year at its home by Sugarloaf Mountain.
These colorful skeins are produced by Brooks Farm Yarn.
Though it is a sheep and wool festival, other wool producing animals are welcome, like goats and rabbits...
...and alpacas, both huacaya and and suri, in a variety of colors.
I really don't like the fact that lamb meat is sold right near the wool barns, particularly since there are pens of "feeder lambs" there.
But I like the sheep products, which include sheep sculptures, sheep stuffed animals, and sheep mugs like this one from the Lion Potter.