Sometimes when I'm taking photos, I really have to put a lot of effort in to make them work..... Then again, I have days when everything works in my favor, light, environment, and the luxury of time.
And so it was in Carrizozo today.
Some 60 miles from Alamogordo New Mexico, the town of Carrizozo gained notoriety for its links to the notorious "Billy the Kid" Nestled next to the railroad, the town plays host to huge lumbering freight trains that signal their arrival with the shrill wheels on metal and the distinguishable sound of the signal. The backdrop of huge mountain ranges rise up from the flat yellow plains to surround the town.
I had visited before, several years ago and I was looking forward to visiting again, but I was disappointed that the two shops I wanted to see were closed, in fact, one has completely disappeared.
I parked the car in a side street and decided to walk.
It was hot, 92 deg and the reflection of the sun on the pavement felt wonderful after the cool start to Autumn at home.
The light is different here, I think it's at about 4500 feet above sea level. There is a translucent crispness to color at this level and I was always aware of it when I visited... its exciting in fact.
My disappointment turned into sheer delight as I rounded a corner and the subjects of my photos appeared... I met no one, until I visited the most amazing antique store.... it looked as if it was housed in an old warehouse. The owner was sitting comfortably on a settee just inside the door and she was entertaining a friend.
Blue china from France, colored doors from Mexico, Relgious Icons from Mexico or South America. Even a beautifully hand pieced and stitched antique quilt.
I could have stayed for ages but I needed to be in Alamogordo at a certain time.
(the eyes are shutting I need to sleep, Ill finish in the morning)
I left the hotel at 5.30, It was pitch dark and pouring with rain and even though I only had to travel 5 miles to drive, I was a little nervous about missing the turnoff.
I think the flight was the worst I have ever been on. It was a small plane and the flight normally takes 35 minutes, today it dragged out for 1 hour 10 minutes. We flew through dense cloud all the way to Memphis with no relief from the battering until the last five minutes of descent.
The plane, twisted, dropped and bumped its way through the dense cloud.
I had to run to catch my next flight and I just made it....I got on the plane, sat down and fell asleep. I don't even remember the plane taking off, I woke up an hour into the flight.
So it was a short flight .... 1 hour instead of two.!!!!!!
A chat on skype with family and a late breakfast in lovely surroundings was the beginning of a more restful day today.
Business on the computer took up an hour or so, and then I was free.
Now, I just happen to be in a hotel over the road from Hancocks of Paducah. !!!!
I actually did a little reconnaissance in the store yesterday and it's a little like walking into a treasure trove....
I walked the aisles and made my choices. This fabric for a dress for Tilly, this series for a small Bayeux project, bright textures for the collage quilts,
beautiful fabric for the scrap book quilts, class sample fabric.... everything had a purpose.
To be honest, I really don't buy fabric without a purpose anymore.
Surprise, they shipped it for me as well.... so it's already on it's way home.
The place is just huge, 1000's of bolts of fabric. The ones pictured above are to take to the next event, but the Moda fabric I purchased for 3 special projects are just mouth watering......!!!!
Normally when I teach I don't have time to have a day off like today, it was great.... I had a plan for the day and it worked out just fine.
I filmed with the pro camera in the old part of Paducah, had a Reuben sandwich for lunch, visited the quilt museum and enjoyed the luxury of a relaxing pedicure and manicure...... then back to pack, check, check and double check tickets, cases, paperwork etc, etc...... I cooked tomato soup and fresh rolls for supper.
I have a device that tells me the correct weight of my suitcases.... and it takes a little stress out of packing if I know the correct weight.....! you attach it to the strap hoist the case and voila..... it tells you the weight in pounds and kgs.
The photos below are the wonderful furnishing fabric in Hancocks. I would like more time to explore these beautiful textiles.
took my tiny little hand flip video and went for a walk, occasionally
the wind catches the microphone, but I think you will be able to get a
feeling of Paducah.... it was just 7.30, no one was around and it was
quite pleasant really.
I had to serate it into two videos,
because it was too large a file to make one video.... so watch page one
and then scroll to page 3 for the continuation of the walk if you are
fact, I had booked to stay at the convention centre for the two days
after the event, but everyone had left and because it had only been
open for the duration of the quilt show, it suddenly became an empty
shell with me rattling around in it... SO, I was able to shift out
today when I picked up my car.
Right opposite this wonderful hotel is the famous "Hancocks of Paducah", I'll photograph it tomorrow to share with you....
I'll visit the Museum and Bryerpatch studio if it's open.....
I also want to say thanks to everyone who has been concerned with my fall. Who could imagine that you could do so much damage in one hit.....!!!!!! my right arm and shoulder took the brunt of the fall and is now turning a nice shade if blue green. The cuts on the knees are better now I can wear shorts.... but the lumps on the other leg are hard to disguise.
A lot has happened since I wrote. I had a trip to the emergency room after a fall in class this afternoon (I did finish the class first though)
I caught my foot in a sewing machine cord across the walkway when I was running from place to place in class.
Bang, flat on my face. ************!!!!!!
My glasses cut into my face, the knees were cut, my right shoulder is black and my right arm has a swelling as big as an egg and as blue as an eggplant.
Fortunately nothing is broken.
Other than that, class was super once again.... I had the nicest students.....
I'm sorry, I intended to photograph again this evening, but I missed out due to circumstances beyond my control.
Yesterday I mentioned I was going to the presentations, I also said I was tired.... I lasted till 9.30 and still hadn't eaten, so I left to find something to eat only to realize that I had left my purse in my bag in class.
"Oh, I'll get room service" Not at this hotel honey, so not having eaten since 6,2 am in the morning I went to bed.
This morning I had a "No coffee headache" but I had to wait till 7.30 to get someone to open the room and I could retrieve my purse.
Breakfast tasted delicious, biscuits and gravy..... Kentucky style.
There are thousands of people here, I mean thousands ........ lunch time is interesting, so that's why I missed out yesterday. Determined to eat today, I braved the lines.
I've never see such and array of food and I come here often....
These are some sort of fries.... I think.
Now this is an interesting outfit.... these gals all had hardhats, vests and home depot bags... I like the orange... She also likes those fries.
Sandie likes strawberry shortcake. Sandie was in one of my classes in Michigan lat year, we many times......Of course you always hug a friend.... but we keep meeting, so we got to the stage of hugging and exclaiming in exagerated tone, "How nice to see you again" as if we hadn't seen each other for years each time we crossed paths.... Strange but true.
This guy was whizzing round on his Segway.....!!!
You could have a Bar B Que.
and even "Fried Pies"
So I can hardly move, I ache all over, I've taken the pills and I'm going to bed.
I'm exhausted. I've just finished teaching for the day and the class was fabulous, the adrenalin is still whizzing round and round the system.
It was a 5.30 am start this morning, I had breakfast with friends and then to work at 7.30...
Right now I need to eat, because lunch time was a whirl and I didn't have time for sustenance, I think I need chocolate and a glass of Baileys on Ice. In fact, I got lost in the building trying to evade the huge crowd... people walk so slow.... I ended up coming down the fire escape and walking out through the kitchen, I just waved and said "Hi" to the startled staff.... "Where did she come from? they said.... but I just smiled and walked through... they are probably still wondering.
This evening is the presentation evening and a dinner so I'm taking a few minutes to relax by hitting the keys of the computer.
I dashed into the quilt show after class to take some photos ~ just 15 minutes, I rushed here and there and snapped a few shots, but I had to stop to hug people, so I gave up.
There is an interesting mix of quilts.... some of which I've seen at Houston.
The link above is to today's' photos.It's getting difficult to get service with wireless, the more people using it the weaker it gets, so I'm not sure how much longer I have the internet, it will be like cutting off my arm.
I had the morning to browse, it was a late start, but I was down town round 11.00, it was cool with the wind whipping off the River. Bus loads of ladies were arriving by the minute and the town was buzzing.
I visited the gallery of Sharon LinnI really like her illustrations,and I hope to get back and do an interview with herlater in the week.
I visited the Kirchhoff's Bakery and Deli
Established 1873, it was absolutely packed with visitors... Stepping into Kirchhoff's Bakery is like stepping back in time... This Paducah baking tradition spans 5 generations. In 1873, a young Prussian immigrant, Franz Kirchhoff, embarked on a dream. He and his young bride, Hannah Baumer, opened Kirchhoff's Bakery in a small building in downtown Paducah. In the beginning, bread and other products were baked in a wood-fired oven using Old World methods and proven family recipes. In the early years, the family lived above the bakery. The customers were local residents and river boat travelers. At the sound of the steamboat whistle, day or night, Franz Kirchhoff was out the door and off to the Ohio River bank with his iron wheel cart.
Next door was a wall of Quilted tiles, the photo is on the Gallery page, it's easier to put them up there than in the blog because of the speed of the Internet.
I spied a huge shop, with "Books" written on the window. 3 ladies (obviously quilters were sitting outside looking exhausted) "You'll find a treasure in there" one of them said.... so I opened the door and was amazed at the size of the interior, there were small booths in every nook and cranny. Down the back of the building, amongst the motorbike murals were long shelves of "Past" AQS books $5 each. Dozens of ladies were taking advantage of the bargains.
I visited another antique store and stayed chatting to the owner for an hour or so, she was an absolute hoot... she invited me to join her for a drink at five at "Max's bar" She's the resident singer....Her shop was full of wonderful goodies and I bought lace.... it was gorgeous, and dirt cheap, in fact she threw some pieces in for friendship sake, note the wire stays in the back. This piece is a crochet collar... I paid $3 for it...
I met 100's of ladies this afternoon at All star review. There was a tutors meeting for an hour or so at 7.00 so i had to miss my date at Max's bar so I had a then a less than nutritious meal in the bar.....
The classes are booked all out, and we're all thrilled...
My room is "interesting" and one unusual feat I have to perform is to fight with the ironing board to use it... It's tied to the wall, and the iron is tied to the board, so I have to perform a circus trick to get it out each day.....!!
Time to retire and an early start to the day tomorrow....!!!
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Carolyn Foley I am a high school Heath & Design Technology teacher, married with three children, all young adults.
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