But we have a new soda fountain and ice cream parlor.
Scribbled on the blackboard is my motto
"Life is short eat desert first".
The Ice cream parlor opened the same day the winners of the plein air competition were announced.
Above is the painting that took 1st place
and which garnered a $2,000 prize.
2nd place winner $1,000.
3rd place winner $500.
There are many rules which apply and must be strictly followed by Artists who participate in the plein air competition.
Rules require that artists paint outdoors.
After the judging, all paintings are for sale. Friends of ours bought this painting for their country house.
There was something for everyone.
My walking partner, Sophie Soprano, entered this painting.
This Art Critique looks familiar.
On the last day of the event, the Artist Studio Tour was part of the celebration.
This bowl was the last piece out of my kiln and the first piece to sell.
It was a glorious day.
Artists walked away, a few pennies richer. Many visitors came and went. Our town is back to normal. I wonder if the ice cream parlor will survive. We stopped in and chose a BYU Creamery (Brigham Young University) chocolate ice cream. We will be back for more. Have a great week dear friends, Gina
We never know what kind of year we're going to have. It's either feast or famine.
I'm not bashful. I call it what it is, Fabulous.
We had to harvest our grapes a few days early.
The wasps showed up before the grapes were completely ripe. Wasps dessicate our grapes in only two days. We had to get up very early, while it was still dark. Wasps wait until the sun comes out before they leave their hiding places. They will come after you.
Juiced by hand, nothing added.
Raw Interlaken Grape juice.
Picked yesterday morning...
In the freezer this afternoon.
Peaches are next.
I knew it would break...too many peaches for a young tree.
These peaches will be ripe in about a week.
Will share with friends...they get the pleasure of picking their own. Did I tell you that I love picking fruit, high up on a ladder looking at the blue sky and the puffy, white clouds.
We also have two older peach trees, "Early Albertas". They always ripen early.
Early Albertas are cling free and easy to peel and they have a most superior flavor...in other words they are the perfect peach.
Late grapes (if they survive) will become golden raisins.
Papaver Somniferum still blooming in my garden. I'm saving seeds.
If you're in the neighborhood. Stop by. The ladder is leaning up against the tree.
Here I share with you my obsession with Italian Renaissance Ceramics. I decided that painting them would not be so difficult. So I set about learning. My blog is about living the simple country life, tales from our travels and, of course, my hand painted ceramics.
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