Thursday, July 19, 2007

With Full Orchestra

This past weekend, we went to one of the most beautiful concerts I've been to in a long time. The Decemberists were playing with an orchestra at a faboo outdoor theatre we have here. I think that the Decemberists' music is already pretty flippin' gorgeous to begin with, but backed by an orchestra, they almost made me cry. So, so pretty. Also, something about an orchestra makes people stay seated at concerts. Sadly, once I hit 30 I was pretty much done with standing up at concerts so staying seated was OK by me. My young whipper-snapper students don't believe me when I say it'll happen to them, too...but mark my words young folk: the day will come when you too will want to sit on your rump and just listen to the music!!!

On another note...while in Lancaster, Andrew and I went to the big Ten Thousand Villages they have out there. We're talkin' BIG. With a cafeteria. And a huge selection of Oriental carpets. The real deal, hand knotted, some with hand-dyed wools...all created by adults paid fair wages. How can we NOT support such a noble cause?

The very nice people there humored us and took us through their stack of big rugs. We're in the market for a carpet for the dining room ever since we painted it Adobe Orange (Benjamin Moore - I love you) and it needs to be big enough so that we don't fall over the edge when we lean back from our hugely satisfying home-cooked meals. There were a number of rugs at Ten Thousand Villages - Persian styles with many, many knots and therefore interesting designs, Tribal styles with more geometric or floral patterns, and my favorite version of Tribals, the Chobi style. These are the rugs made with hand-dyed wools using natural products so the colors have depth and character. And, true to form, I managed to like one of the most time-consuming (and therefore expensive) types of rugs. If you want to have a look-see, there are a few of our favorites here, here, and here. Get going over to my shop so that we can start saving up for one...
And on tap for today in the kitchen...rosemary lemonade...hmmmm...we'll see...

1 comment:

Nancy said...

We bought a Turkish carpet in Ephesus week before last. Hard to believe I'm actually writing that and it is TRUE!

See you all too soon . . . .

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