Monday, October 31, 2011

Goat Milk Soaps

Our brand-new, handmade in Vermont goat milk soaps are in stock and ready to ship! The goats were the runaway best seller and sold out right away (two batches already!) so those won't ship for another 4 weeks.  And your rooster will be cream, instead of green (but coming soon in Peppermint scent!)

Have you seen the darling packaging? I think I'll need one of each (make that two of each--one of each to display and one to use. Actually, come to think of it, they'd make great gifts...)

{Daffodil in Lemongrass or Unscented}

 {Goat in Lavender So popular they sold out- our third batch won't ship for 4 more weeks}

{Hummingbird in Lavender}

{Rooster in Unscented & Coming Soon in Peppermint...but your soap will be cream-colored instead of green}

We love supporting small Vermont businesses like our soap producers. They are so wonderful! The box wraps were printed in North Adams, MA, and the boxes were made in Greenfield, MA. Packed right here in Vermont! A product you can be pleased to support. And they're so pretty, too! At the Rookery we have one displayed in a beautiful blue willow soap dish. If you don't have an antique soap dish, or a pretty blue willow or lusterware saucer to use, perhaps pick one up from a local potter. Or try a reproduction yellow-ware soap dish, like this one from East Knoll Pottery:

No matter how you display them, they are beautiful, moisturizing, local, and so reminiscent of the wonderful things we love about Tasha: nature, animals, goats, sweet scents, and handmade gifts.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Frost is on the Punkin'

Newfane Heritage Festival 2011

A classic poem for this beautiful time of year....

WHEN the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock,
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin' turkey-cock,
And the clackin' of the guineys, and the cluckin' of the hens,
And the rooster's hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;
O, it's then the time a feller is a-feelin' at his best,
With the risin' sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.

They's something kindo' harty-like about the atmusfere
When the heat of summer's over and the coolin' fall is here—
Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossoms on the trees,
And the mumble of the hummin'-birds and buzzin' of the bees;
But the air's so appetizin'; and the landscape through the haze
Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days
Is a pictur' that no painter has the colorin' to mock—
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.

The husky, rusty russel of the tossels of the corn,
And the raspin' of the tangled leaves as golden as the morn;
The stubble in the furries—kindo' lonesome-like, but still
A-preachin' sermuns to us of the barns they growed to fill;
The strawstack in the medder, and the reaper in the shed;
The hosses in theyr stalls below—the clover overhead!—
O, it sets my hart a-clickin' like the tickin' of a clock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.
Then your apples all is gethered, and the ones a feller keeps
Is poured around the cellar-floor in red and yaller heaps;
And your cider-makin's over, and your wimmern-folks is through
With theyr mince and apple-butter, and theyr souse and sausage too!...
I don't know how to tell it—but ef such a thing could be
As the angels wantin' boardin', and they'd call around on me—
I'd want to 'commodate 'em—all the whole-indurin' flock—
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock
~James Whitcomb Riley, American Poet, 1849-1916

Things are coming to a close for our busy foliage season and heading into the (dare I say it?) holiday season. Foliage did manage to be beautiful this year, despite its late appearance due to the wet weather. Coumbus Day weekend brought picture-perfect days of sunshine and warmth (80 degress in October in Vermont!) for the Newfane Heritage Festival. We loved seeing all of the wonderful folks who came out to support the talented handmade vendors and to stop by our booth. Even the Boston Children's Theatre Showchoir joined us again...

We love to see these talented young singers perform (and the large crowd does, too!). Thank you to Toby, Burgess, David, Austin, and all of the BCT Show Choir team & performers. Wonderful job!
Until next year, dear Newfane!