Oh, friends. Let me tell you. We have seriously been a house under siege since Friday. Lots of nose-blowing, and hot baths and tea, and napping, and, yes, moaning and groaning. And weariness. Deep, down, dirty weary. So weary, in fact, that Saturday evening, as I headed to the chicken coop to lock up the flock safely in their henhouse (Glenn and Huxley were on their way home from a birthday party which I missed, sniff), I thought to myself “What if I just sat down here, on the forest floor, and rested a bit?” Then I thought about the coyotes that yip away all night lately in said forest, and the wet ground owing to that day’s rain, and the fact that Glenn would panic if he were to arrive home and not find me in it, and decided against it.
I *think*, though, that we’re turning the corner, so, let’s focus on that. But, really, that’s not what I wanted to tell you about. What I actually want to share with you here today has nothing to do with sinuses or coughing fits, and much more with the bliss pictured in the photos above. I’ve been itching to share this morsel of news with you for months, but have been sworn to secrecy, until now. And here it is-this coming September, I am pleased beyond description to be part of what will undoubtedly be a beautiful, inspiring, enriching, and plain old fun experience.
Dynamic duo Amanda Soule and Elizabeth Duvivier have hitched their wagons together to create Taproot Gathering. Held on the grounds of Rockywold Deephaven Camp this September 11-15, the gathering promises to be amazing, and I am immeasurably thrilled to be part of it. I’ll be teaching two classes, “Sweet & Sour”, a water-bath canning covering both sweet and savory preserves, and “Home Dairy”, a dairy-making basics class, including hand’s on instruction for making yogurt, mozzarella, and butter. Oh, yeah. We’re gonna have fun.
Elizabeth has secured a cabin for me and my men (we typically travel as a tribe), so I’ll be able to explore the glories of New England in autumn with my family nearby, and coterie of new friends at the ready. I’m so pumped! Amanda and I even have a little something-something special planned for the event’s gatherings, to be disclosed at a later date…..
It was actually through Amanda’s posts that I first learned of Squam. When I had the chance to connect with Elizabeth over the phone last year, it was an instant sisterhood. Closing the loop of that circle by being both a student and a teacher at Taproot Gathering warms me to my core.
I would so love it if some of you, dear small measure community, might be able to attend the gathering with me. Imagine learning new skills, savoring delicious, organic, locally-sourced food, soaking up some Vitamin D, exploring the lake and its forests, chatting, laughing, dancing (yes!), and more together at this place seemingly conjured from the reaches of my dream landscape. Come!!!