Saturday, August 11, 2007

Home Again, Home Again

Since my parents moved to Humboldt County over twenty years ago, I think that we've missed the Humboldt County Fair maybe twice. The first reason that we enjoy it so much is that it's in Ferndale, which means that if you're on the ferris wheel, you look one way and see tree-covered mountains, another way and you can see the ocean, and another way and see idyllic dairy farms and the town of Ferndale with all of it Victorian houses. I also never miss the "homecraft" exhibits. Some years the knitting is so inspiring. This year is was a little sparce. There wasn't really anything I wanted to emulate, but it was still fun to see the different projects. I would have pictures to share, but I neglected to change my battery pack. Has this every happened to me before??? Only about every time I'm excited about taking some unique pictures.

Here are a few pictures of what I love about Humboldt County:

Gingerbread Mansion in Ferndale. I'd like to stay there, but it seems a little silly since Ferndale is about ten minutes from my parents' house.

Visitng the Loleta Cheese Factory so that we can take a "few" bricks of cheese home.

We don't do this everytime, but sometimes we visit my parents' friends dairy farm. Their family has owned their dairy over a hundred years. something pretty uncommon in Californa.

This old house is near the dairy. Our friends say that it belongs to a hundred-year-old lady who now lives with her children. The family is just letting it disintegrate. It still has furniture in it, which is also disintegrating since the roof is nearly gone. Most of the old Victorian houses around Ferndale are well-maintained, but I love dreaming about buying an old one and refurbishing it...maybe not one that has gone this far though.

Just in case you think that I've forgotten that this is a knitting blog, I've included a picture of my family eating lunch in front of Heidi's Yarn Haven in Ukiah. Wemade our perfunctory stop at Schat's Bakery and my family ate their sandwiches as I made a quick purchase at Heidi's. I wish I could remember on whose blog I recently saw some socks made with this same Cotton Panda yarn.


Janice said...

Looks like a great trip! I love the cow picture!! I just picked up some Panda cotton as well.. they make the yummiest socks (or so I'm told!)

Oh, I made my blog button in Photoshop elements. (with help from daughter)

I think Sheri will be getting in more Peppermint Mocha.. I do love the colors!

marit said...

Ferndale looks so nice and "oldfashioned"! The calf in the bin was really cute, too:-)

Peg-woolinmysoup said...

Looks like you had fun at the fair. We have a cheese factory here, too, and I love cheese!
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Birte said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my page! I really like the picture of the old house btw :)

Tracy said...

Great pics! That mansion is festooned like a wedding cake--beautiful! The fair looks fun! And that pinky yarn is calling my name ;o) Happy Day! :o)

Wool Winder said...

You and your husband should leave the kids with your parents and stay a night or two at the Gingerbread Mansion.

Robin said...

I have the same yarn. I haven't knit it up yet but I hope to soon. Oh wait, I have tons I want to knit. Maybe someday. LOL. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Anonymous said...

You take really wonderful pictures....always!! I would love to go to Ferndale someday. It looks so festive/old fashion/mellow!! Tell Paige, her hair looks cute.

MIss you all.

Julie said...

Wow - what a great place! I'm part of that ignorant group of Easterners who thinks that what you see on tv about Southern California is all there is to the state. This weekend I was telling my husband about where your parents live and how beautiful your pictures are. Now I have more to show him! And yes, I did receive the book and you should be getting a letter from me in a few days. I still love snail mail, don't you?

Knittings Nice! said...

Oh the Gingerbrea Mansion looks devine...sdort of place I would love to stay if ever came over that way from England...thanks for sharing.

a simple yarn said...

Here...let me make it 11 comments! :-) Been out of internet range for a bit...but very glad to keep in touch with you... which will be more regularly when we get back to 'the auld sod'!

Love the sock yarn, by the way!