Thursday, October 16, 2014

Festy Festivities

in a stroke of radio-ticket-give-away luck, dan and i won passes to the saturday festy
we purchased a pass for tashi (tristan was free) and on a cool, rainy, gray saturday, 
we headed toward some inner sunshine. destination: one hour south.


i loved how contained it was, so family friendly and manageable. 
the all day fire pit was a great feature.


two stages, music switching between them, great stuff throughout. 
one of my favorites was the shook twins



tristan was inspired by the wall climbers. 


and gave it a try himself. several times over.


such a stunning setting, the blue ridge mountains. 


with bubbles 




these guys were fantastic: noam pikelny & stuart duncan



paper bird on the southern stage was magical. 

i was way in the back hanging out with tristan among the refurbished pallets, 
and then in the kids area, but the sound was great everywhere.



tristan was having fun, but put on his sad face as soon as i aimed the camera at him.


next up on the main stage, anders osborne.


twilight set in while i waited for my harvest wrap from the South Fork Food Truck
it sure was tasty. 

and then the infamous string dusters kicked in and tashi and i hula hooped for hours. 
hula hooping with one's teenage daughter is a peak parenting experience, i must say.


we drove home in the dark, damp night, the light inside a little brighter.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Secret Reading Series 7 (and an outtake)

Secret Reading Series   :::   Nightshift 7

I love music and seeing musicians perform. I admire those that can deliver their words thus. 

Sometimes when I write a poem that I'm satisfied with I want to run out and read it at an open mic. Even though I nearly die whenever I have to speak out loud in front of a group of people.

In cities past I used to run out and read freshly written poems. Open mics often satisfied that inspired longing to share the words, whether with strangers, or community. Reading in front of people broke the isolation. It made me feel more rock & roll. 

So as a way of meeting that urge now, I bring you the Secret Reading Series. 


Secret Reading Series 7 from Zoe Krylova on Vimeo.

And an outtake!

Outtake: Secret Reading Series 7 from Zoe Krylova on Vimeo.

Monday, October 06, 2014

fall fiber festival and montpelier sheep dog trials

i've been hearing about the fall fiber festival for years and we finally managed to 
make our way there this past weekend. 


what a paradise of wooly animals, knitting supplies, colorful yarns, and border collies! 







there was an informal picnic gathering of tristan's waldorf kindergarten, so we enjoyed some noms while watching the very entertaining herding dogs do what they love most. 



this is our border collie:


this is someone else's:




it was a beautiful autumn day full of family, friends, and fibers!

and tashi drove the whole 28 miles home from the festival. my heart stopped only twice. 
once out of nervousness and another time because my girl is so grown up!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Secret Reading Series 6

Secret Reading Series   :::   Nightshift 6

I love music and seeing musicians perform. I admire those that can deliver their words thus. 

Sometimes when I write a poem that I'm satisfied with I want to run out and read it at an open mic. Even though I nearly die whenever I have to speak out loud in front of a group of people.

In cities past I used to run out and read freshly written poems. Open mics often satisfied that inspired longing to share the words, whether with strangers, or community. Reading in front of people broke the isolation. It made me feel more rock & roll. 

So as a way of meeting that urge now, I bring you the Secret Reading Series. 


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

leaf turning

the blog posts have become so few and far between. 

i find that amidst processing photos and trying to come up with the right words, i sometimes spend several hours pouring over a single entry. those are hours i simply don’t have any more.


this blog has been a place to share my domestic world and my community. crafts with children. light filled corners of my home. baked goods fresh out of the oven. thrifting finds. play dates. travels and travails. the seasons. thoughts on the peacefulness, and sometimes the struggles, of a family life. 


but those long daunting and delicious days of parenting have diminished as my five year old boy comes home five days a week tired and titillated by kindergarten, and my sixteen year old girl curls up on the couch with her head deep in text books & online assignments & formulas & figures.


my job fulfills some of my creative inclinations. as product photographer i am learning things about light and settings and photoshop i've never had opportunity (or real interest) in prior. as social media coordinator i find myself stimulated by engaging content having to do with art, animals, conversation, and reuse. there is repeated opportunity to turn a phrase and bring my writing skills to the page. and if i am going to learn about marketing at least it is through an original and awesome product designed by artists


my doula work is something that keeps my heart open, involves me in the most nourishing aspects of life, and keeps my hands on the true pulse of creation. i am so grateful for and honored by each experience that comes my way in the realm of childbirth and healing work.


but how to make this blog an active creative outlet again? how to do it so it remains thoughtful and honest when days are so filled to the brim? perhaps some of what i have mentioned will work itself into themes, brief though the content may be. 

kids on two opposite ends of the school spectrum. a new career unfolding. continued healing and birth work. a secret reading series. trying to find peaceful moments in the tumult of activity. 

as the leaves  begin to change and the acorns knock, 
may a fresh perspective and tune ring out from these pages!


(all the photos but for the family photo were  conveniently taken with my phone!)

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Secret Reading Series 5

Secret Reading Series   :::   Nightshift 5

I love music and seeing musicians perform. I admire those that can deliver their words thus. 

Sometimes when I write a poem that I'm satisfied with I want to run out and read it at an open mic. Even though I nearly die whenever I have to speak out loud in front of a group of people.

In cities past I used to run out and read freshly written poems. Open mics often satisfied that inspired longing to share the words, whether with strangers, or community. Reading in front of people broke the isolation. It made me feel more rock & roll. 

So as a way of meeting that urge now, I bring you the Secret Reading Series. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Secret Reading Series 4

Secret Reading Series   :::   Nightshift 4

I love music and seeing musicians perform. I admire those that can deliver their words thus. 

Sometimes when I write a poem that I'm satisfied with I want to run out and read it at an open mic. Even though I nearly die whenever I have to speak out loud in front of a group of people.

In cities past I used to run out and read freshly written poems. Open mics often satisfied that inspired longing to share the words, whether with strangers, or community. Reading in front of people broke the isolation. It made me feel more rock & roll. 

So as a way of meeting that urge now, I bring you the Secret Reading Series. 

Secret Reading Series 4 from Zoe Krylova on Vimeo.

Monday, August 25, 2014

secret reading series 3

Secret Reading Series   :::   Nightshift 3

I love music and seeing musicians perform. I admire those that can deliver their words thus. 

Sometimes when I write a poem that I'm satisfied with I want to run out and read it at an open mic. Even though I nearly die whenever I have to speak out loud in front of a group of people.

In cities past I used to run out and read freshly written poems. Open mics often satisfied that inspired longing to share the words, whether with strangers, or community. Reading in front of people broke the isolation. It made me feel more rock & roll. 

So as a way of meeting that urge now, I bring you the Secret Reading Series. 

Secret Reading Series 3 from Zoe Krylova on Vimeo.

Friday, August 15, 2014

a cabin in north carolina

i had heard what an awesome town asheville, north carolina, is, so dan, tristan, and i decided to take a spontaneous weekend trip while tashi was still on safari in africa. 
through a facebook post, a fellow blogger caught wind that we were going to be in the area, and offered us a place to stay in the cabin on her property. how cool is that? 

we arrived in asheville early in the evening on friday, and after taking a walk through town, checking out the friday drum circle, and eating an incredible dinner at salsas, we headed to the cabin. we walked into a lovely space and this warm greeting.


have you ever tasted ground cherries? they are pretty tasty! 
that is what the bowl of yellow fruit is (though they look a bit like tomatillos). 

the next morning we arose after a heavy rain and took a look around us.



maria and her family lived in this fine cabin for two years 
while they built their cordwood home.




we were fortunate to be given a tour of their home and grounds. here is the live roof. 


and here is their lovely cordwood kitchen. 



i adore the colored glass bottles in the walls.


most of the windows in their home are reclaimed.


the bathroom has a warm adobe feel. and look at that shelf of tinctures. 
maria is an herbalist


and a homesteader.


views from their bedroom in the upstairs octagon. the first one looks out at the cabin.



looking up at the ceiling


and down at the floor. the wood for the floor is also entirely reclaimed and is 
comprised of many different varieties. so pretty.


this is cookie dough. the other cat, isabella, was camera shy.


suki the 14 year old akita spent a long evening sitting on the cabin's front porch, protecting us from bears (apparently she chased one off the property once).


tristan and leif are just a month apart in age. they hit it off famously. 
here they are in leif's room.


maria's garden is extraordinary. look at this tomato!





and there are chickens!



this is an amazing treehouse that maria and her husband ,toby, 
built for their daughter, kaia.


looking from the back of the yard to the house.


looking from the front of the yard to the house. 
there are herb and berry gardens on the side. and bees!


cordwood and trellises.



a beautiful moment in time.


i brought some gifts from my workplace and the kids put them together in no time.




we had a nice saturday and sunday morning visiting with this sweet family, 
and are so grateful to them for sharing their space with us. 
how cool is that someone whom i know only through the internet invited us 
to stay on their property? it restores one's faith in humanity.




read more about their homebuilding adventures here
and see photos from the rest of our time in asheville here. it's a terrific town!