Some pottery being made during a sidewalk market. This was a cool looking dog dish!
We have lived in our area for more than 8 years. The first few years we worked 7 days a week as small business owners, and didn’t get out to see or do anything but run our independent toy store.
Watching a child take time to wonder, at a local fountain.
Even with all the small town events and gatherings that happen every year, I have not attended any of these before. Why? I have a bit of social-anxiety, so it has been challenging for me to get myself out there among the people and enjoy it. Added to that, I often did not feel well, which I have now discovered is due to an average American diet high in Whole Wheat and Sugar, which I have mostly removed from my diet, starting back in January of 2013. That lifestyle change has helped both challenges immensely. Still don’t like socializing that much, but it does not cause the extreme anxiety it once did.
Attended the “Blessing of the Horses” at the annual Rancheros Visitadaros event. Ranchers around the world come to this big gathering. My blog post on this big event here. And more Rancheros Visitadoros pics here.
So, as the months of 2013 waxed on, I decided to try and have some extra fun by enjoying the local culture. These photos show a few of the things my husband and I have done this year, right within our own locale.
Danish Days 2013. Woman showing her weaving skills on a loom. One of two Danish Days blog posts and pics here.
Norse warrior who shared about “going a-viking”. My second Danish Days / Viking Encampment blog post and photos here.
18th Annual Inter-tribal Pow Wow. Full blog post and Photos here.
Pirate at Faeriefest 2013. (c) TriciasThings, CastlesNcrowns, SweetRascalPhotos.
Fairy at Faeriefest 2013. More fairy pictures from this faeriefest with my blog about it here.
Some of the characters at Faeriefest 2013. Another of my faeriefest blog posts with different photos here.
Next up is ScarecrowFest (the town will be full of scarecrows made by the small business owners), a visit to one of our local museums, then it’s holiday time already! We have Julefest in December and a big Christmas tree burn in January. Here is last year’s 2012 Scarecrowfest blog post and photos. I did more walking and hiking this year too (more energy on that grain-sugar-free diet I mentioned!)
I have been planning for years to visit this vista point and take a picture of a local vineyard. Finally took that walk too!
Years of drought in our area, so hardly any water at the waterfall…. but still a pretty walk. (c) TriciasThings, SweetRascalPhotos, CastlesNcrowns
Local swimming hole at the river.
Hiked to the Grist Mill.
A valley full of trees…. can’t get enough of our trees! (c) copyright Sweet Rascal Photos, TriciasThings and CastlesNcrowns.
Arts and Crafts faires, fountains and waterfalls, vineyards and mighty oak trees, ranchers and horses, Danish and Vikings, Pirates and Fairies (faeries), scarecrows and pumpkins, pow-wows and windmills, twinkling lights and Christmas trees. My year of finding fun in our local culture in a nutshell!
Oh! I can’t leave without sharing a photo of one of our several windmills:
This windmill actually turns when we get enough wind. (c) SweetRascalPhotos, TriciasThings and CastlesNcrowns.
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