|Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard|
Julie and her husband Geoff squired me around to see the sites on Thursday. As we drove, I watched out the window and felt like I was back in the Maine I remembered from childhood., woods, fields, long views of the coast, and so much blue sky. My overall impression of the island, which I had not visited before, was that there is so much land that has been left untouched. Cookie cutter housing developments and sprawling shopping plazas are not welcome here. The array of shops and dining experiences are many; the presence of history and nature are pervasive. I marveled as we drove past acres of woods and farmland, historic buildings and the views of the ocean. There was so much to see that I need to go back again to take in more.
We shopped at a number of stores. I wanted to share with you some of the highlights, some of the spots I would urge you to seek out should you get to the island for a visit. Here is just one shop we went to.
|Allen Farm, image imported from http://allenfarm.com/|
Edited to add... I have been told that the Allen Farm yarn is sold in 4 oz/ 200 yards skeins in a worsted weight. There is an array of four colors that are natural.... cream, oatmeal, light brown and dark brown. I suggest you note the woven fabric on which the leather clam shells and acorns are displayed. The woven goods were made using Allen Farm fiber on a loom in one of the buildings nearby. The shop also offers woven tea towels, placemats and table runners, hand knitted baby things, Cherrila Brown's fabulous baby quilts and throws and shawlettes from Bonnie George.
Another interesting fact is this, Allen Farms is a destination for large functions, especially weddings. If you Google Allen Farm, you will discover that it is an idyllic spot for a wedding ceremony. There are a number of links leading to many photos of events. I would suggest you check those out for more views of this place.
Here are some images from our visit to the little shop in the converted chicken coop.
|If you need some unique gifts or presents for you, this is the place to look.|
|Beautiful woolen blankets, woven in Scotland.|
|This throw is likely to become an heirloom if you bring it home with you. Lightweight and luxurious.|
|Woven beaded animals, my favorites were these flying pigs.|
|A lovely array of gifts and trinkets. The glassware on the upper shelf was a beautiful shade of pale green.|
|Notes cards and embroidered button earrings and bracelets.|
|These gorgeous pouches are made of leather, in shapes of acorns or clam shells.|
|These pouches could hold change, keys or just be a stunning conversation piece.|
|Hand stitched felt ornaments.|
|Another angle of the green glassware with hummingbird feeders above.|
|This unique cabinet displayed beautiful earrings and bracelets.|
|Colorful embroidered belts.|
|The entry hall displays shelves of woven accent pillows, assorted cooking supplies, and scented home goods.|
|This colorful apron has a velvet bird embellishment.|
|Bright shells from local beaches are artfully arranged by Ellen Reynolds in this heart shaped mirror.|