Monthly Archives: October 2010

A Take Away Show

I’ve just discovered something wonderful! They’re a series of video podcasts by La Blogotheque.

Every week, we invite an artist or a band to play in the streets, in a bar, a park, or even in a flat or in an elevator, and we film the whole session. Of course, what makes the beauty of it is all the little incidents, hesitations, and crazy stuff happening unexpectingly. Besides, we do not edit the videos so they look perfectly flawless, instead we keep the raw sound of the surroundings. Our goal is to try and capture instants, film the music just like it happens, without preparation, without tricks. Spontaneity is the keyword.

Here are some of my all time favorite bands right now and, guess what!?? They all have mini concerts on La Blogotheque! Check them out or go peruse for YOUR favorite bands too! (Bonus, they have some great little stories about how each video was shot… what some of the hang-ups or great moments were and other little tidbits so it’s definitely worth jogging over to the actual site)

Fleet Foxes – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Tallest Man on Earth – The Gardener – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

#93.6 BON IVER – Skinny Love
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#62.3 – Menomena – Wet and Rusting
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Jamie Lidell – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Carvin’ Time

I organized a pumpkin carving extravaganza this past weekend! We bought 25 pumpkins and plunked them down in the dining hall between brunch and dinner on Sunday. We saved all the seeds to be toasted in the kitchen for everyone this weekend!

My pumpkin man wiggly face.


Henry’s “Banana eyebrow” pumpkin man.

Joe’s Stegosaurus!

350 dot ORG

It’s global action day! Sterling celebrated by having an upcycling workshop, trail crew,  grain threshing, leaf raking and bread oven baking.

The product of all that leaf raking!

I went down to the farm and helped Andy, Abbie, Rihanna, Sarah, Erin, Jackie and Josh thresh the grain Andy grew all summer. Here is the process…

Undo a few bushels and gather them in a circle with their heads pointing inward…

Take some flails (that Andy made last night!) and thresh the heck out of those stalks. You’re separating the grain from the straw… here’s a video too!

Then you gather the straw into a pile for bedding later and pour all the grain into bins.

Then pour the grain into another from a height so that the wind will carry away the hulls and chaff that you don’t want and the grain falls right into the bucket. Repeat.

After a few hours you’ll have 5 bags of grain and a smile as big as Andy’s… Happy 350!

Early Sunday Morning

I took Linus for a walk sans leash in the sugar bush down the road. He frumped around in the leaves for a while before I realized that all the leaves with super toothed edges were felting right into his fur, even his face until he couldn’t move. Eventually all he could do was sit in one place and try to nibble on his new foliage belly shirt.