13 September 2009

Montalto Heritage Harvest Festival

The Montalto 3rd Heritage Harvest Festival attracted a large number of cars, people for a great variety of talks, workshops, events, stalls, food, tastings.  This year it was on Brown's mountain, just a across the road from Monticello.  Deej went up around 10:30 am and said it was packed, crowded, but good with lots of apple, cheese and other tastings.  She came back to get me, so we could go up and go on the 1:45 pm tour that Peter Hatch gave.

He did a fantastic job - talking first about Montalto's history and plans about it, then walked over and viewed Monticello below, and finally around the back or south part of the mountain where he talked about the vineyards, Thomas Jefferson's failed attempts at farming, etc.

We then (around 3 pm) went back to the main areas of tents and stalls, with Deej standing in a long line to get the wonderful donuts they were making and sold up there.  We sat and ate them with $1 sodas.  Deej had seen Betsy and Wes, Gary and Linda L up there. I didn't see Betsy, but Gary and Linda went on the tour also.  Annie and Herb were there also - they had been at the two previous festivals.  Anne B bought a plant, but we didn't talk to her. I briefly talked with Peter who remembered me as making some Indian food at the beach (20 years ago?) - food he really doesn't like, but he enjoyed mine.  He mentioned that he had gone up and visited Vijay and family in the intervening years, but not in the last couple.

I took some photographs with my new Lumix, and, for the first time, took some video with my new Sony.  Don't think I yet know how to use it well.  Learning and experimenting.

It was a beautiful sunny day, and we left around 3:40, before the Festivals end at 4, and went down to Carter's mountain and bought some apples before coming home.  We then went to the new Monticello Center, where I had not been yet. Deej made some great steak, potatoes, salad for supper, as I finished listening to the Texas Christian U defeat UVa - around the last 3 minute mark UVa was down 30 - 0, but they quickly made two scores (no first downs in the second half), so the 30-14 score didn't look that bad.

Last night I went the After Five and a nice crowd there - it is already getting dark, which makes my photographing people not as good.

The work week was normal, with several difficult and different purchase requests for expensive items, which makes it hard with this reduced book budget.  Gene, Paul, and Kurtis are trying to figure out exactly what is in the microfiche and microfilm in the Buddhist gift which we retained, and I think expecting more than what is there.  I finalized my list of South Asia and Buddhist journals for the Asian Studies Room.  Dawn turned over Overseas Acquisitions correspondence and management of those invoices and payments, out of Bud's hands.  David G was very good in his 1 hour presentation on Shanti.  Deej and I gave an ENWR session Friday for a class on Utilitarian Ethics.  Reference work has with the usual requests for searching and discovery for first time users.  The Schwartzberg SA Historical Atlas copy in Alderman Ref is missing, and we were almost blamed for that, but the copy we have in the Asian Reading Room is 1978 and not the 1992 one missing from the Ref room.

Re-organized my CD collection - alphabetical, except for groups of Indian, Mali, self-made collections, and audio reading CDs.  Some disputes over a few that Deej thinks are hers.  Cut down the privets in the back upper yard, and topped off the blackberry bushes.  Went and got a few tomatoes and peppers from the garden and weeded the corn there. The smelly dead mouse, which Deej caught and killed in a trap in the pantry, didn't deter the groundhog in the back yard, though we put it on his path under the fence
Some nice photos of Eliza and Okiboji from Julie on Facebook; and Tim's messages.  Betty phoned Thursday evening, saying they were not going with Scott to India in late Demember.  Kathy sent a new schedule of Rachel's soccer for the next 2.5 months, starting next Saturday.

Well, the Festival and Peter's tour was certainly the high point for this week.

09 September 2009

Monticello Walkway

Went with Deej, late Labor Day (Monday 7 Sept 2009) morning for a 20 minute walk Monticello Walkway. 20 minutes up and 20 down, in order to start to get ready for hiking up Nag Tibba in the Himalayas in late October. But it's up the peak is at 10,000 feet and here its around 450 feet.

Also Saturday turned in our visa applications through Fed Ex.

Sunday did some picking of a few tomatoes and peppers, and marigolds, and of the first okra. That night make a delicious okra, tomato, onion mix with rice and shrPlus someimp, followed by 1/2 Butterfinger bar and 2 rasgullas. Yum.

Mehr wrote a wonderful poem, and Deepak and Holly's baby girl was born the evening of the 5th Sept. These were the positive things over the week end, compared to learning two negative hings 1) of Helen's brother George's horrible accident mid August in Mussoorie tripping over the khud and air lifted to Delhi from Dehradun with a C5 fracture paralyzing him (a web site started up for donations to pay for George's expenses, so he could eventually get home to Australia), and 2) Marianna's husband Bob's death after a couple years of cancer.

Friday Jane came over from Lexington (from her home in England), where she was staying with a college friend, for 3 or so hours of meeting, lunch, touring the Pavilion gardens - warm re-connections after 50 years and talk of family, friends, travels, etc. Friday afternoon the Pakistani ambassador gave a talk in Newcomb Hall.

Today Tuesday (8th Sept), it was back to work, meeting Eve and her American Indian language class, as she showed them the PM books, and a little time in Clemons 407 about InterLibrary loans, etc. Also trying to deal with Gene's request for some microfilm or other materials, working with Nawang and Cindy. Lunch sandwich downstairs as it was still drizzling outside, with the new beer or stout rye bread I made yesterday. Not a really tasty loaf. The Reference from 1-3, helping 3 new users trying to find books, and other stuff. Walter's "Biography as History" book - to get Annette to rush catalog it - plus two D Kosumbi titles and the two Bihar People's volumes. Finished up the hot dogs - after did grocery shopping. Snoozed away as usual in front of the TV

Gail wrote a wonderful description of her lush surroundings - plants, trees, birds, animals, butterflies, cats. Lindsay's off for 3 weeks.

Sorry this is such a random hogepoge