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Llamas and Other Critters at the Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival

 

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Well hello there!

In May I spent a Saturday morning checking out the Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival. This was my second year for the festival and it’s a blast! There are lots of cool vendors, cute animals, and interesting demonstrations. It rained the day before and the herding dogs did their demo in mud, but luckily the rain held off on Saturday and the temperature was perfect.

Here are some highlights:

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Llama shearing

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Herding demonstration

Herding demonstration

The Junk Basket

Wandering Around Stillwater, MN

I spent a day wandering around Stillwater, Minnesota, last fall. It’s a cute little town on the St. Croix River not far from the Twin Cities.

Stillwater is one of the oldest towns in Minnesota. It was incorporated as a city in 1854, and at that time it was the largest town in the state! The lumber industry is what put Stillwater on the map. Nowadays it’s a tourist destination.

Stillwater Lift Bridge

The Stillwater Lift Bridge is a vertical-lift bridge that crosses the St. Croix River and connects Stillwater to Wisconsin. There’s another lift bridge in Duluth. More on that one soon.

Stillwater Lift Bridge

Here are a few more photos from the day.

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Cute shop

When I got the film developed I realized that Stillwater has a gazillion power lines!

Through the Mists of Time

I mentioned before that I have two Kodak Brownie cameras, a Hawkeye and a Hawkeye Flash. I respooled some Kodak Portra 800 onto 620 spools and ran the film through the Brownies. This is my second roll.

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It’s also the final roll of my 2014 52-Rolls Project. I made it to 40 rolls in 2013, and this year I got to 41. Not quite 52, but still not too horrible.

I’ll see you again in 2015 for my next attempt at shooting 52 rolls of film!

Our First Visitor to Minnesota

I can’t get my parents to come and visit us. In all the 20-something years we’ve been married, and in all the interesting places we’ve lived, my parents have only visited once. My Mom stayed in the house a few times to watch the cats while we traveled, but both my parents have only visited once together.

But recently we DID have a visitor — my friend Janet from Rhode Island! We did a bunch of touristy stuff and had a blast. Here are a few highlights:

Well, it’s my parents’ loss. Look how much fun we have!