I mentioned in my Alpaca post that our local milkmaid, Blaire of Bell Cow Creamery, is moving her family to Denmark. Her talented husband is a world-class horse trainer with a big, long-term job there. Lives are interesting aren't they? It's a huge loss to our community, and to my family on a smaller level, but besides the free handspun alpaca I scored from Blaire, I also got a major, AND I MEAN MAJOR haul from the "I'm up and moving to Denmark Sale."
The first item I scored actually saved me about $200. I had been pricing these at the local bike shops and was just about to pull the trigger when Blaire told me her old trail-a-bike was up for sale.
Of course, it had been in the barn and the goats ate the seat and one of the pedals. But hey, we had an extra bike seat so for an added $12 we got new pedals and a patriotic bell! Now all it needs is a good wash and we'll be ready to roll!
Next up, a beat up little table (Free!) to go with our beat up rocking chairs. I sit on the deck way more now that I have a place to put a drink or my knitting...or my bucket of peanuts. I thinking about pulling wicker off the center portion of the tabletop, fitting a piece of funky fabric over it and Modge Podging it down. Could be cute.
The first two items were things I really needed and had been looking for in one way or another. This was a total impulse buy but at $5 what's the harm?
I'm planning to strip and paint it but I have no idea where I will put it. Maybe the garden or the front porch, maybe even the play room. I just liked it.
And finally, a few of books for 50 cents to a dollar each--a big blank photo album and some cookbooks, one of which will be prominently featured in an upcoming post on preserving herbs.
I'll definitely miss the raw milk, the homemade butter, the buttermilk and the eggs, and we'll also miss seeing Blair, her Jersey girls and their calves, but I'll think of my milkmaid every time I set my tea down on the table or bike to town with my boy in tow. Bon Voyage!