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Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


And That’s the Weekend That Was

On Friday afternoon I headed out for a fun weekend at Graves Mountain Lodge with L-B, Alice, Julie, Laura, and Lucy (not my kitty Lucy, a human Lucy!). Here’s my co-pilot, ready to go:

She was a great navigator, keeping me on the right road.

After a two-hour drive, the mountains came into view:

Immediately after checking in to our cabin, I unpacked the necessities.

Dinner Friday night included the infamous rainbow trout.

Laura obligingly held up one bony little trout for its photo op:

Saturday morning, I stopped to appreciate the view from the lodge:

Saturday afternoon, we went on a trip out to Kid Hollow Farm. Pat greeted us and we descended upon her shop on the farm with glad cries. (I’ll show you some of the yummy things I got tomorrow.)

Pat also introduced us to some of her animals.

The goats were wondering who these crazy women were.

This handsome boy is Otto:

Otto is a Karakachan, a Bulgarian Shepherd dog and he was simply the sweetest dog I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. L-B was trying to figure out how to dognap him, I think, but he was a little too big to hide under one’s coat.

We also met two sweet, gentle alpacas. One chocolate:

And one vanilla:

They were very friendly and ate from our hands.

Because it was getting late, we regretfully said goodbye to all the animals and headed back to Graves Mountain. The foliage in the late afternoon sun was amazing:

Saturday night we went on a hayride and had a bonfire.

I believe L-B did her fire-dance but I did not photograph it. Probably just as well.

And today, I came home to this:


  1. Sounds like you all had a great time!

  2. I bet Lucy had the heat turned up to 85 while you were gone, she just has that “wouldn’t you like to know” face.

  3. Sounds like a great trip. I’m anxious to hear more!

  4. I hope you share some of what Lucy did while you were gone too! I think she had almost as much fun as you did πŸ™‚

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  5. Thanks for this blog post Wendy. You all had a great time by the sound of it.

    The scenery on your route is so beautiful:-)

    Otto is a handsome boy! The goats are so cute. As for the alpacas – simply gorgeous.

    Glad you had such a great time and good company as well. πŸ™‚

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  6. Aren’t girl weekends great? Glad you could enjoy what’s left of the autumn beauty!

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  7. Looks like Lucy is glad the dog didn’t fit under the coat.

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  8. Oh wow, that sounds like such a GLORIOUS weekend. I hope you feel refreshed. Are you taking an extra long weekend because of the day off on Tuesday? We are!

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful adventure!

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  9. I am back,Wendy! Thank you for not photographing my fire dance, especially with marshmallow spears in each hand…

  10. It sounds like a great time. I especially like the animals.

  11. Sounds like a wonderfully relaxing weekend. πŸ™‚

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  12. anne marie in philly says:

    oh oh oh, lucy does NOT look happy there!

    momma needs to make it up to her girl PDQ!

    glad all y’all had a good time! necessities…..ummmmmmm….. πŸ˜‰

  13. Ooh! I’m pea green with envy that you visited Kid Hollow Farm. I’ve purchased their rovings at Sedalia and had hoped to buy from them at SAFF. I enjoyed Lucy’s plurks and am glad you had a fun and safe weekend.

  14. My family spent one really fun weekend at Graves Mtn Lodge a long time ago. Loved the food and family atmosphere. The hay ride was fun. Thanks for the memory.

  15. What a great weekend you had! (And I happen too know Lucy had a great time, too…LOL)

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  16. Dr. Jackie says:

    What a great weekend. I need one of those.

    Who is your co-pilot? And where is she from? I’m glad to see I’m not the only one crazy enough to have one…

  17. Oh please don’t tell us that one of the yummy things you brought home was your vey own goat to keep Lucy company

  18. sounds like a wonderful time… Otto sorta kinda looks like a couple of our 3 wk old puppies… (they’re part blue tick coonhound & the other part is mystery, I’m thinking bulldog cross or st bernard cross or SOMETHING… who KNOWS since mama’s a rescue pooch that showed up in our neighborhood in early October…)

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  19. Oh ppor Alpaca, no hair for the winter. Lucy, have you seen the luck you have, your owner does not take your furr before christmas πŸ™‚

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  20. What a wonderful knitting retreat! Love the bon fire!

    Guess what? I named one of my dyed sock yarns after Lucy! It is called “Lucy in the Sky” you can see if at

    Nachaele Olson

  21. Poor Lucy. She looks so bored just lying there (funnily enough, much the way I felt on Sunday doing what felt like millions upon millions of raglan increases).

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  22. Uh Oh! Lucy is mad at Mom for leaving her….
    Looks like you had a wonderful time and the foilage was beautiful! Good for you Wendy! πŸ˜‰

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  23. Reading the post header, I take it you remember David Frost and TW3?

    I’m so pleased you had a good weekend, but someone doesn’t look too impressed that you left her to party ……

  24. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend. I hope L-B has recovered enough to knit and spin by now.

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  25. Isn’t Graves Mountain just the best? I’ve gone there for my birthday a few times before (Their fall festival usually falls over the weekends before and after my birthday) and it’s just wonderful. It’s funny to see that 15/29 sign here because it’s something I see all the time! lol (I live just over an hour from Graves Mountain)

  26. Oh, how cute are those sheep! I’d have had trouble not wanting to take one of them home. But then the guys would have had issues with a new roomie, and I’m thinking the poop issue would be a problem. πŸ˜€

    Glad you had a great time!

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  27. Looks like a great trip and your co-pilot seems to have done a stand-up job!

  28. I have been enjoying your blog. Your trip to see the autumn colours looked as if it was wonderful. Here it just keeps raining, but we do have some alpacas living right next door to our allotment.
    best wishes