It’s a quiet Sunday in Jay New York. Business is open. We’ve hit a ten year average for July so that is good because the month started off slow.
I started off with a walk around the lake, a couple of kayakers were out there. I generally like to walk with the intention of making a discovery. It doesn’t have to be large or important, the thing is to leave yourself open to discovery, you never know where it might lead you.
So today has been a day keeping myself open to ideas. I like to think that I am a temporary archeologist ready to make a find.
What better way than to sit under a tree, comfortably with sketch paper, note paper and my nook.
From this vantage point I can also see if anyone pulls into the gallery, because I’m in the shop today and Sue is glazing a kiln. I can see our little 3,000 foot complex of gallery, studio and home. I see the garden in the back and the garden under the road sign.
How about a walk around.
I photo shopped out the buildings across the street on this one, too distracting. When we put up our first sign 34 years ago there were only trees across the street. We are selling hammocks again this year so we display one out front. We keep the large flower containers well groomed and inviting.
The garden in front of the gallery always gets nice comments and especially the water fountains that Sue designs.
The gardens are an endless source of discovery every minute of the day.
We have road signs on each corner of the property as well and under each we have Lilies.
From the east corner looking at the house, studios and gallery. Our mural is now 26 years old.
On the back stoop is a container of basil, very soon to be pesto in the freezer.
Continuing around the property the back garage door is open. Here is where the chemicals for all the glazes are kept. Just pounds and pounds of limestone, silica and the like.
It has been a great campfire season. But it is very dry right now. However I’ve been having wonderful evenings back here with poetry and drumming. Sue’s not a campfire girl so I mostly go into fantasy mode here and lose myself for a couple of hours in verse.
A little utility shed is where I keep my campfire drum.
Then we come to the kiln shed where we do the Raku and pitfire work.
We had to net our tomatoes because the Blue Jays or Chipmunks were pecking at them.
The sweet golden small tomatoes are turning nicely, every day we start with a Bruschetta now.
Our raspberries are sparse this year so we didn’t net them, we’ll share these with the birds.
On the other hand, the blueberries are prolifically crazy this year. We will have a years supply when all is said and done.
Banana peppers, yum.
OK, no more photos, that was the walk around. I’d better head back to my chair under the tree, and make some arm chair discoveries, this was exhausting!