Welcome to A Tranquil Nook Blog

We welcome you to follow along on our crafty adventures. Frank is a farmer by day, jewelry and hand braided cord-maker by night. Jane simply fiddles with fabric and fiber any time she can. We share things about what we make, how we make it, where you can get it.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sharing and Connecting through Farmers Market

Frank and I have always dug in the dirt, cooked from raw, made things.  In our "senior" years, those activities continue.  To have more contact with people and wanting to share some of the bounty from our activities we joined farmers market.

We like to talk, we like to listen, we like to help.  We especially enjoy people who come by routinely, checking out our garden grown vegetables, sharing what they plan to make.  Some old marrieds similar to ourselves, some professionals in the peak of active careers, some young families, some young people in college or just out.  Some experienced in cooking with fresh produce to others exploring the possibilities and learning with each purchase.  Recipe sharing naturally occurs. 

One of the couples we look forward to seeing on market day is Amy and her beau, Chris.  Refreshing, delightful, friendly young people, who never fail to brighten our day.

This fall talk turned to pumpkins. We shared a family recipe from Frank's mom, Susie.  Here is what happened.


 Pie ready for baking. Oh YES, Amy and Chris did Susie proud.

 Amy said:
 So I sent you that email before the pie was done cooking. I have since brought it to Chris' (the strapping young fellow that I love to call my boyfriend) mother's house and we shared it with everyone. They melted with the deliciousness. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the recipe! It was so wonderful to know that going through all that work would pay off :)
Through farmers market, we touch lives and lives touch us. 

From our home to your home we wish you a day of sharing, connecting and fellowship.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Drawing Mandalas with Shami Orkibi

A session in Mandala making with Shami Orkibi, Mandala Artist, leading the group. Saying little, drawing along with the group, Shami teaches by example and with quietness.

Making art with friends. Sitting quietly, listening to the sound of pens, markers, crayons, pencils move on paper.  Chatting occasionally. Absorbed and focused on the colors and movements and design appearing on the paper in front of you. 

 Influenced and stretched by the techniques, styles, shapes and way others create their designs.  This is one way that art styles, methods are shared and spread.  

Useful, bonding, peaceful.  A beautiful time and way to be present together.

My wish for you today is that you too may experience the joy of making art with friends.

Thanks for stopping in for a read.


Monday, November 4, 2013

A Thank YOU for those who Enjoyed Vegetables from Our Garden in 2013

It seems like only yesterday,
That we were planting seeds,
It took so long for them to sprout,
Slowly did they grow.

Blossoms one day did appear,
Bees worked mightily.
Veggies ripened fair and fine,
We picked, we ate, we sold.

The season has been bountiful,
We enjoyed bringing goods to you.
Our goal to offer an easy way
To put fresh vegetables on your table.

Suddenly the frost came on,
Market days were or’ e.
We kindly thank you and appreciate
Your commitment to fresh and local.

We work harder because we know
Our garden serves you too.
Now bidding you a fond adieu,
We look forward to seeing you next year.

Until then enjoy A Summer Song by Chad and Jeremy

Of course you can find me here blogging or contact me via my website.

Just the vegetables and farmers market are gone for now.  Hopefully to return next spring.