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.