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Bridge Day and Spinzilla

The village that carries the zip code in which we reside, is home to 3 old covered bridges.  Two of them are on private property, but the third belongs to the village and is maintained through donations and volunteer effort.  This year, that bridge is 100 years old and though I have never worked on the bridge maintenance or grounds maintenance, I have contributed monetary donation toward it’s upkeep.  As this treasure is 100 years old now, today we had a birthday celebration and after talking with our local historian at an event in May, we discussed what this celebration should include as far as demonstrations and displays.

 

 

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The celebration was scheduled for yesterday, but yesterday we had cold rain and wind, so the event was postponed until today, a beautiful blue sky, lots of wind and cool.  It was pleasant when the wind was calm and in the sun.  We had our local blacksmith, basket making, chair caning, genealogy, a photo history, commemorative T shirt and sweat shirt sales, music, a birthday cake, and me demonstrating spinning.  The historic house across from the bridge allowed us to park along their long drive, set up the displays along that drive as well and opened their restored home for tours.

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It was a wonderful event, with lots of foot traffic, many questions, much conversation.  Another great time to share the fiber arts and let people see a skill that many have never seen.  It amazes me how many people share that their grandmother had a wheel, that they have a wheel displayed in their house, that they have never seen anyone use a spinning wheel.  Shortly after the above photo was taken, the area where I was spinning was cast in shade and it became quite chilly and very windy.  I spun outside for more than 3 hours, a chance to work on the last of the yarn that I was spinning for the team challenge.  It continues until 11:59 tonight, but I am done.

I came home, had dinner, and finished plying the 8 ounces of fiber that I have been working on for the past two days.  I had 4 ounces each of Targhee and Cheviot that spun very fine and plyed into 350+ yards of beautiful white yarn.  Once it has been washed, it will be dyed and put in the shop.   Yesterday, I finished a lovely skein of gray, blue, rust, and brown yarn that will also go into the shop.  Below are pictures of today’s spinning, the colorful skein, and my total Spinzilla spinning.  For this competition, we measure the length of each ply and the total length of the yarn plyed,  With this formula, in the past week, I have spun 3105.11 yards.  Now I am going to thaw out from today and rest.

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Goodbye Spinzilla 2016 and Happy Birthday Clover Hollow Bridge.  Goodnight all.

Almost Heaven SW Virginia

My apologies to John Denver, but this is a beautiful area.  For reference, this county abuts West Virginia and we live only a short handful of miles from the border.  The county is rural, agricultural; raising mostly beef cattle and Christmas trees with a few horse farms in the mix.  I have often posted about our homestead farm, but today I am taking you on a photo tour of our “town.”

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The county boasts 3 standing covered bridges all crossing the same creek that runs about 2 more miles beyond this bridge owned by the town and then it disappears into the earth to resurface in the New River that traverses 45 miles through the county.  Two of the bridges are privately owned, this one and one private one are closed to driving across them.

The town once had a population of about 5000 people, complete with hotels, taverns, businesses and homes.  In 1902 there was a tremendous fire that destroyed all but three buildings of the town, which was  never reconstructed as it was before.  The actual town now has a hardware store, a small restaurant, a general store/gas station, a post office, about 3 dozen houses, a heating contractor and several churches.  On the fringes, there is the old school, now a community center, the rescue squad, volunteer fire house, a plumbing contractor and the Ruritan Park.  The entire county only has about 15000 residents.

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The farms are mostly old family homes, many built several generations ago and remodeled to add modern kitchens and indoor plumbing.  The variety of barns is a source of beauty to the area.

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This gravel road leads through a pass and at the top of the pass, the Appalachian trail crosses the road.

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This is the remains of a Civil War era house that though abandoned and having no windows remaining, was still standing when we moved here 7 years ago.  Time and weather have taken it’s toll and this last foot and a half of snow two days ago brought it almost to the ground.

The top of our mountain has one of only two natural lakes in the state.  This one is surrounded by a conservancy that owns the grand stone hotel featured in the movie “Dirty Dancing” that was filmed mostly at that location.  There are many hiking trails in this conservancy and the Appalachian trail crosses again only a couple of miles from the hotel.

The area is beautiful at all seasons, but especially now covered in snow.