|Fern M. Long, matriarch|
After dinner, we had coffee provided by Susanne, and a birthday pie, complete with candles, brought from Maryland by her sister Joanne for their brother Randy, who turned 50 that day. The food was delicious and everyone enjoyed being together.
Fast forward to this week, which has been so hot that we have spent most of the time in the house, leaving poor Mr. Box to roast in the terrible heat. Then today we abandoned him again to venture out to Red Lion, Pa., to see the workshop and show house of Family Heirloom Weavers. They are located at June Pond Farm, a property outside Red Lion, which is near York, Pa.
Soon we arrived at the road back to June Pond Farm and pulled up onto the gravel parking lot, seeking some shady park to spot. Unfortunately, not a single spot of shade was to be found.
|Pieces in the brown palette.|
Susanne oohed and ahhed her way around the house, loving the most primitive-looking pieces, as well as the more intricately-patterned ones. The back room had a new line of items for use in the Arts and Crafts house.
|Arts and Crafts designs.|
Susanne made a deal for the weavers to make a queen-size coverlet with blue and white yarn in a herringbone pattern. This would be something new, so the weaver said he would do a few inches and call to have us come see if he should proceed! That should be interesting to see. Watch Ebay to see that coverlet once Susanne and I are gone, as Matt and Sarah will no doubt list it as a historical reproduction of the highest caliber.
|How good does that look?|
Susanne had the turkey burger, and I had the hamburger, along with classic fries and a soda (pop for those readers in Pittsburgh). We almost never go to Hardee's, so this was a treat, and a reward for venturing out in the extreme heat. Heh, heh.
|Mike Deno, Nice Guy|
At 3:00 p.m., I met with Mike Deno of Copper Sun Designs, our favorite contractors, who are going to make some much-needed improvements to our tired old master bath. Mike is fun and personable, and we all find it hard to stick to the subject at hand, preferring to go off on wild tangents.
After Mike leaves, we usually discuss adopting him.
Mother and son share a laugh on his birthday.
The showhouse at Family Heirloom Weavers.
The same house 100 years ago.
Susanne enjoys the displays. Note the
heating grate in the floor.
The blue palette section.
A favorite pattern.
Bed clothes and hangings.
Looking through the grate at Susanne in the basement.
There she is, rooting through the "seconds" bin.
Some coverlets in the brown palette.
A poster and news clipping about the weavers'
work on the movie 'Cold Mountain.'
Punch cards that create the pattern on the loom.
An antique loom and a list of Presidential homes
with Heirloom Weavers' fabrics.
A worn and torn fabric sample, right, was reproduced.
Bobbins, I guess!
Pat Kline, weaver. holds a pattern.
A bolt of green fabric comes out of the
workroom for inspection.
A clean and modern counter and kitchen at Hardee's.
My cheeseburger. Watchit, yer droolin'.
Susanne's turkey burger. She loved it.