Sunday, September 17, 2017

New Telephoto Lens=Trip to Saratoga National Historic Park

We went up to Saratoga NHP yesterday so Maddie could play with her camera a bit and to check out the encampment. We heard a talk about medicine during the Revolution which was a new topic for us. We had beautiful weather! It was a good afternoon!

You can see what a clear day it was in this shot! As well as Sherpa Daddy doing his job! 

Trying to locate an interesting subject for the telephoto lens!


Maddie going for the shot I took above.

Encampment at the Nielson House

Medicine talk

Ranger Megan was working on a petticoat

Apparently toys were left out in the 18th century too!

This bag fascinated me


4H Kid problems...wanting to play with the camera in the woods but parentals keep asking you to identify trees.....


Sunday, August 27, 2017

NYS Fair!!!

Drum roll......Maddie is finally (emphasis by Maddie) old enough to actually work at the State Fair! Unfortunately there is only so much time off parentals can take so we only went for the weekend. Perhaps we can stay longer next year! We ended up driving the county van out so we could bring back another 4H teen and all the Schenctady County projects. We had a lot of fun and now know the lay of the land better...changes will be made for next year's trip!! Here are the photos...



Maddie's job was to show the Virtual Reality masks to the public. Google donated them!


And the projects....photo

oil pastels drawing....

and the achievement book! A good job all around with Maddie!

Some testing by the teacher! 

A little fun before we headed off to find dinner and walk around a bit!


While Maddie was working Brian and I sat in the county booth then did some walking around ourselves! Here is the sand sculpture from all sides!









We happened upon the rose judging and I just LOVED how they were dressed. Who could resist! I was waiting for Miss.Marple to show up knitting something woolly! 


An antler carved in the Indian Village

A quilt from the Indian Village


A man was showing his very large collection of milk bottles! I took photos of the one from Canton and the one from Schenectady! 


 When we went off for dinner with Maddie we stopped to look at the needlework exhibit.

So cute! 

I loved this quilt! 

I took this for Maddie. She loves succulent gardens.

Another pretty quilt

Cowboys and Indians chess set! 


Back at the dorm....we relaxed for a bit then Maddie joined the other kids for a "dance" which turned out to be just hanging about and talking mostly. I love watching this at 4H events. These kids come from all over the state. If they are lucky they might see each other 3 times a year and yet they always manage to get along and enjoy each other's company!
Top bunk of course! 


The dance?! 

Now we are home, fed and tired! Time to unpack.....

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Altamont Fair 2017-Day2-Snack Shop Day

Brian and I ended up in the snack shop from 9:30-4:00 on Saturday! The kids all joined us at 1. While they were there we sold 25 shortcakes! Not bad!

The good one!

and the goofy one.....

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Altamont Fair 2017 Day 1

Maddie has done well! She had 3 projects going to State Fair and is very excited about that! We spent the morning in the snack shop then Maddie went on to do her Junior Superintendent shift in the 4H Building. Brian and I walked around the other buildings for a bit but ended up back at the 4H building for quite a while. We have decided that we must just give in and bring chairs, books and knitting along. We know the fair like the back of our hands now and it doesn't change enough year to year to keep us busy. So.....knitting and reading in a shady spot it will be on Saturday!!

Great Blue Heron on its way to State!

Achievement book on its way too

And the chalk drawing...not that you can see it well here! We need to do some work on this though. At the very least it needs a fixative put on it and perhaps a frame. Research on State Fair rules is needed!!

The rest of Maddie's photos

Maddie's reverse tie dye t-shirt

Night sky painting

Doctor Who backpack

Tree ID book

I liked the ferris wheel in the background here! 

Maddie and the bubble machine!