St. James Court (Fourth Street) Art Fair, Louisville

On October 6,7 and 8th I participated St. James Court art fair in Louisville. This is a huge (overwhelmingly so) art fair. In fact it has 700 artists. It is on three streets and also the side streets and then there are off shoots like in a church parking lot and such like that. It was in Old Louisville area with large houses like this one. It was behind my tent and for sale.

This house was exactly behind my tent and they made the most of the inconvenience of having their street blocked off for three days, they provided food and bathroom facilities for the artists. I felt very fortunate to be at this spot. This couple has been through many of these shows and just joined in.

The tents were only given a 10 X 10 space and there was no space between the tents whatsoever. Load in went pretty well because you had a time limit of two hours to unload and set up. For the most part we had a good portion of it done and did the rest the next day. Margaret, my helper for this show was fabulous!

All set up and ready to go.

This was before the show actually started and people were out taking walks. There were thousands of people walking the streets, so many that it was not just an easy walk to look in each booth.

We were very close to the airport and I was not able to get the lower planes. They were so close though that you could hear them throttling down and hear the landing gear come down. The first few times it was disconcerting.

Sunday was a bust. Hurricane Nate made his way up and kept dropping rain. When it rained harder, this is what my tent looked like. They finally found the blockage and it helped, but this was the most rain that I had experienced. Thankfully it let up by the time tear down came. I have to say it was a great experience, I saw my cousin, met some really nice people and Margaret and I had a good time. I won’t go back though, I feel that smaller shows are more beneficial to the artist.

 

me oh my…bean soup

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Inside this pot…..is…..you guessed it….I’m sure….Ham and Bean Soup. I am going to share my recipe for this. It smells so good and makes the best broth. This time I used a package of dried Navy Beans but have at other times used the ready to use beans in a jar. I let the dry beans soak overnight to soften them up. In a large pot I put 1 package or jar of navy beans…. water to cover plus 2 inches over…. 1 large onion chunked not diced if you have someone who doesn’t like the feel of onion as we do. 1 celery stalk chopped…. chunked up ham…1/2 to 1 pound…. 2 T. brown sugar…. salt and pepper to taste…. 1 tsp. minced garlic…. 2 T. Worcester sauce. Stir together and let simmer for 3 hours. I will be making cornbread to go with this also.

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I got this nice ham at the grocery last night. I like a little fat on the outside, I think it helps the flavor.

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I cut off what I needed for my soup ( I took off the fat) and wrapped it up in foil. In a couple of days I am going to bake this and make scalloped potatoes. At our house we say we are open 24 hours a day. There is somebody up during all hours because of the times they work. I like to have something that is filling and keeps well so that there is something to eat without any more preparation then the microwave. We try to eat well, and not so fattening, but I also like to have food that tastes very good. I would rather eat less of something that tastes fantastic, than eat more of something that tastes like cardboard because all the fat and sugar has been removed . Moderation is the key to everything.

I also am going to make up some strawberries and shortcake.  Good dessert, and something easy to dish up yourself.

I also have some asparagus to bake….I will meet resistance with wrinkled nosed possibly, but if the cook likes it….the cook makes it.

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Why am I making something that is usually saved for cooler weather, you are wondering I bet….well maybe not. This is the kind of weather we are having today….rain, heavier rain, really heavy rain and wind. Normally you can’t see the water on the far pond because it is down there. Not so today. We have had the wettest June on record here. It keeps the grass green and the flowers watered but people who are flooded are having a tough go.

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The geese are even huddled over on the far bank. Standing water in the bean field. That goes down into a creek that runs into the far pond you saw earlier. I hope we have a little moderation on the rain here soon for everybody’s sake. Other places in the US would love some water, like California and Utah. The weather amazes me all the time. Till next time…..Thanks for stopping!

Too Pretty not to Share

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I know I share a lot of sky pictures but when my 21 year old says Mom, you need to come look at this sunset, I knew it had to be good. It was picture-worthy for sure. I did not do any kind of touching up for this, which I usually don’t, it is all it’s own glory. Just Amazing!

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The day lilies are starting to pop open. This one opened this morning and was influenced by the sunset I’m sure. They are the same color.

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I love sun and moon things. This is just one of those metal sticks for the garden. I have always thought it is pretty though I was a wee bit disappointed that it didn’t glow.

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The moonbeam coreopsis are showing their faces.

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Flower from still the un-named bush we have.

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The grasses are looking lovely, I have 4 of these and as you can tell they flow nicely in the wind. It moved as I snapped the picture. They are doing really well for their first year.

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I had forgotten that I planted nasturtium seeds in these pots until I looked this morning. Lo and behold they are showing up nicely. Nasturtium are one of the easiest seeds to grow. They are beautiful, and edible. You can use them in your salads to add color. Zinnias and Morning Glorys are right up there in easy also.

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We have had so much rain it filled up my fountain nicely. I have a rain gauge the goes to 8 inches and it was overflowing.

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First year for these day lilies. I believe they are called Betsy Ross and may be red and green, but we will really just have to wait and see. I bought 10 plants and they also sent me 3 free also named of a historical figure, maybe Abe Lincoln or George Washington…can’t remember. They are very hardy and larger with buds now.

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Here is a Betsy Ross with a bud.

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I plugged in the fountain for you. I don’t plug it in on windy days (which are often) it just blows all of the water out and I can’t keep up. It looks pretty here though.

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There is a story here…..Pavel the cat (upper right) was being ornery and following Lily the cat(bottom left) and she was spitting, and sputtering and hissing and getting all wrapped around the axle and always makes it sound worse than it is. That brought out Stonewall (lower right) and Sophie (upper left) and not shown Sebastian, I think he went back to sleep. When something big goes on everybody wants a piece of it. We had to disburse the crowd or there would have been a riot. My next project Sophie is under. I am going to recover the chair pads, thanks to youtube. It looked pretty easy and I purchased the fabric on the deep discount table at Joanne’s Fabrics. I hope to get to it next week. As Always-Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Weekend!