In earlier American rural life, communities raised barns because many hands were required. These events occured in a social framework with a good deal of interdependence. Members of rural communities often shared family bonds going back generations. They traded with each other, worshipped with each other and celebrated with each other. Barn raisings were an integral part of life and socializing.

In our modern American life, communities don't mean nearly as much as they did back then. It is our family's goal to bring a sense of community back to our lives and those lives that touch ours.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Gardening and Telluride

     Yesterday was a busy day. The children finished up their garden class with a tour of one of the volunteers' farms. It is a beautiful farm. She raises concord and gewurztraminer (a specific type of wine) grapes, bees, veggies and has a small orchard. She pulled a frame out of one of her beehives so that the children could see what honey looked liked in the process of being created. We all got to sample some honey and play with the wax. We took a tour of the vineyards and the children stuffed themselves with unripe grapes. As everyone else was leaving, Thane discovered that Jan had a tractor. Hubby received permission for him to sit on it and then Jan decided to fire it up for him. She backed it out of the shed and then pulled it back in. A short ride, but it pleased Thane immensely.

Concord grapes. Mmm Mmmm good!

      When we were done with that we headed to Telluride. It is about two and a half hours to drive there from here. We met Nana and Papa up there. The main purpose of this trip was to listen to music in the park up in Mountain Village. This involved a gondola ride. Telluride/Mountain Village have the nation's first and only free public transit system that is a gondola. It is a unique and fun way to get  from one town to the next. We had a little time to explore each town before we settled in to listen to Mountain Standard Time I was very excited to listen to this band. They play in Fort Collins quite regularly, however, Hubby and I could never make it to see them there. Now we have seen them and for free, which is just as important. It is such a lovely experience to listen to good music, in a beautiful setting, as the sun goes down and you are surrounded by your family. This is the good life indeed.

On the gondola

Nana and Papa on the gondola

Spencer climbing in Mountain Village
Maycee climbing in Mountain Village. She was a natural.

Thane playing in the fountains.

The people sitting behind us said they had to take a picture of the baby laying on the baby.

Mountain Standard Time

Beautiful sunset


1 comment:

  1. I'm very envious of this lovely day you had - Telluride is so amazing.