Friday, February 25, 2011

Stranded Guests and the Gift Shop Website

Well today was very busy. This morning I spent getting ready for guests. I had an appt. and then groceries and other things. As I was out and about, my guests began calling to talk about the weather. Although the weather here wasn't too bad and their weather was ok, there were white out conditions in the Adirondacks. I'm so glad they all decided to wait and head out early tomorrow morning. I think a fun time will be had by all.

Tomorrow I will await the arrival of our guests, Tim will be doing another tasting in Tupper Lake and Sarah will be skiing. I'm hoping to make it up there on Sunday and go cross country skiing and snow shoeing. We'll see how the time goes.

Very exciting news regarding the gift shop website....more and more is getting on there all the time and if you have a chance, please do check it out! http://www.northforkgifts.com/  I'm very excited about this!! Well it's off to sleep. Tomorrow will be another very busy day!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Pressed Flower Candles

The pressed flower candles are all done. I have spent quite a bit of time organizing. I've gotten way behind so I'm trying to get things in order so I can make all of the things people are waiting for from our recent fund raiser. My shop was in a shambles. We've run out of gas twice. Both times it was really cold so I had to grab everything that couldn't freeze and run it into the house. The bringing back to the shop part was where I fell down on the job. Having to rush to put things back out and head off to work, things were not in order at all. All of the new products were here and there. Hopefully now it is straightened enough to get some much needed work done. It certainly feels better out there! Here are some pictures of the new pressed flower candles....enjoy!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Guest Ready!

We so enjoyed our guests last night. A wonderful family here to check out Clarkson. It was nice visiting last night and again at breakfast this morning.

Our Guest for tonight should be arriving anytime.

Tim is on his way home from Tupper. He'll be roasting more coffee as they sold all of it today! Tomorrow he'll be back up there providing another tasting. Big Tupper got a lot of snow today. We're hoping I can go tomorrow and check things out. Tim says there's lots of cross country trails. I hope I can go.

We've had a wild day, weather wise. The wind has just kept up and kept up all day. At times it has been a white out the snow has been blowing so much.  It's nice and toasty here by the fire though. Time for a nice hot cup of coffee!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A New Style Bird House and Pressed Flower Candles

Today I worked on pressed flower candles which I always enjoy. This time I made some of the shorter pillar candles which are 3x3. Pictures will follow. We had a wonderful ski today as well. Of course, because I didn't have my camera, we saw porcupine. One was wide awake sitting up in a hemlock, munching away. As soon as I can get back out there, I'll have my camera. Warmer weather and rain may prevent my going out there today. The temp is due to drop to below zero tonight so Tuesday looks promising. I wanted to share this picture of the new bird house style and also some of the other houses that will be upcoming on our gift shop website http://www.northforkgifts.com We've started loading products so keep checking to see what's new.





We'll be putting these and more onto our gift shop site. Great time to begin planning for spring and what new and exciting things to put in your yard and garden!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Absolutely Breath Taking!

If you've been following my blog for a while, you probably are aware that I love snow and that I love to ski. I've always considered myself to be pretty lucky because I enjoy all of the seasons of the year and rarely tire of winter. I must say though, I don't really care for rain. Anyway, the snow cover is quite deep now and there's nothing like the hush that one can experience in the woods when the snow cover is this deep. I saw very litte evidence of animals today. It was very quiet. I always worry about the deer walking through the deep snow and having enough to eat. Today I saw a spot where they had stopped to browse. The heavy snow had weighed this cedar tree down just enough so the deer could browse.

A few days ago I snow shoed my way out around the first trail. It was exhausting! Today, I was so glad that I had done that! I was able to ski out there. If I hadn't broken trail the other day, today would have been nearly impossible because the snow is so deep. Here, you can see the snow shoe trail and how beautiful it was to look up the trail as I entered the woods.

I was really glad that I had made the effort to break trail. If you look carefully, you can see the  snow covered, snow shoe trail. As I skiied further into the woods, I was taken by the small and large trees and how the gracefully bend with the weight of the snow. They are so beautiful with the sun light shining down through their snow covered branches.


I skiied through the woods and saw no signs of my porcupine friends anywhere. Very few tracks of any kind were visible today. The breath taking part was all in the hush created by the snow depth and continual drop in temperature. As I came around and began to exit the woods and enter the open field, I saw the beginnings of what proved to be and awesome sunset. All that crisp winter air and all of those fabulous colors in the sky. It was wonderful!

Going out in the Snow

Very excited about going out in the snow! It's hard work though....very deep!! Snow shoeing is even tiring.