Thursday, July 03, 2008

Last Saturday's Rock Swap

I got there early. The crowds hadn't come yet. I walked up one side of the long row of tents and down the other. There were some incredible gem stones for sale, jewelry, fossils, dinosaur bones, amber, rocks mined locally, artifacts from Morocco and China and Africa. I bought this mica, a strand of garnets to be used to make other things. A strand of glass beads, ditto. Little pieces of tourmaline. A fern fossil. And also these other fossils that I love. I used the ones I bought last year on two wax collages.


Also these Chinese coins.

In one tent, I ran into two women I knew on Cape Cod!!!! They own the Stone Store. A darling little shop crammed full of gemstones and fairies and handmade papers and crystals and tons of incredible things. We chatted only briefly though I could have wished they'd wanted to linger (with me). Do note that my photos are not of specific booths. After my experience last year with an irate woman who HAD given me permission to take photos but then seemed to forget, I am shy of taking specific photos.
But miracle on miracle I ran into someone else I knew from up here. A woman who had given me a massage. I met her husband too. Meanwhile up and down the rows. My head got dizzy. I went into the food pavilion and ate pancakes and maple syrup. Then I headed off for the town library book sale where I bought a stack of books. Some for Mom. Many for me, as they had really good books such as The Zen of Creativity. I also got Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America. I own it, but it's down in my storage unit. And Italo Calvino's Italian Folktales which I also own but ditto. I'd just been thinking about some of the folktales too. There were a few yards sales to stop at too. I had a totally fun morning.

16 comments:

Hopper said...

those are some really cool fossils... I've been collecting things like that for years now but never anything that is so intact... I've got some trilobites and some small plant stuff... mostly stuff we found combing beaches or doing digs in outport Newfoundland (which is very old stone)... things like that fascinate me... things of such age and still such beauty...

see ya soon Suki...

Jon

Mim said...

What FUN! Those fossils are wonderful, I never knew about things like a rock swap. Let me know the next time something like this is happening and I'll come up and eat pancakes with you.

Mary Richmond said...

wow, that rock show looks like so much fun!

sukipoet said...

Hopper, I have always love fossils too. My dad had some rather large rocks with dinosaur (small) footprints which he got somewhere in connecticut where he grew up. The embedded the footprint rock in the fireplace up here. I myself havent collected any personally. That would be super fun.

Mim, there are other rock swaps I think however this particular one, the only one I know about, won't return till next year. But, remember the Dublin Art Tour in October. Maybe we could do that?

Mary, the rock show is different, at least to me. All these people nuts about rocks. It's a trip. I love it when I'm among fanatics like this.

Kim said...

Suki, it sounds like you had a fabulous, sunny and very productive day. The fossils are really quite fun and the mica...I love that!

And what a great sale at the library.

I am quite sure I would be the same with the photos after your experience. I just do not do well with things like that.

Thanks so much, Suki, for sharing.

Have a nice 4th!

Cestandrea said...

Hi Suki, sounds like a really fun morning. I love the fossiles you got and the blue beads, and pancakes and maple sirup, yummi!
And lots of books. What do you do with the flyfishing book, do you flyfish? (or is is fiction:)?

Cris in Oregon said...

Sounds like a fun day and you got pix like I did. I too feel funny getting pix of people in their booths. but we got the over all flavor of it.
Lynn is coming today Thursday. I typed out the wrong day.. I am not excited am I.. grin
thanks for sharing.

marianne said...

Suki, good to hear you had such a good time! You need that.
I love the mica and the fossils I recognized from your wax collages, my son Lars has them too, he collects rocks and fossils.
The world is small!
What will you do with the coins Suki? Use them in your art?..........

Big hug >M<

sukipoet said...

Thanks KIm You are so dear to check in, even when you are on blog vacation and your daughter is there. I guess the 4th is a big family holiday. Of course, in past years I was alone on most holidays and payed no attention. But this year I have mom so I ran out and bought a hibachi bbq so I could be a real american and bbq grill some hamburgs. How's that. Happy 4th.

Andrea, I did have to laugh about the fly fishing. Yes, the book is fiction. Richard Brautigan is a kind of famous/infamous beatnik/hippie generation writer. In fact, I kept running into him when i lived in San Francisco and have a special sort of affection for him and his books. He died a tragic death, a sad life really.

Oh Cris, the wrong day. I wondered how I overlooked your post on Wed. Didn't find it till Thurs. OK so I can think of you both today meeting and talking and sharing. How fun. And hope all went well with the you know what man. Blessings, Suki

Marianne, I love those Chinese coins. Yes, any i've had in the past are gone soon as I use them in collages. Well, your son would probably love this Rock Swap affair and find many things he'd want. They has some just gorgeous large fossils with several imprints in the stone that I just drooled over. Expensive of course. But so fun to look. Take care, hugs to you, Suki

Cris in Oregon said...

OHGOSH I have high speed Internet.
They Guy they sent today was wonderful. I didnt get my phone chaged over due to my phone company not releasing my number to them so I have to wait another week BUT he got the work done and I dont care I have high speed Internet.:):):)
Lynn is still on her way. taking longer due to traffic.
it is 12:30pm Pacific standard. time.

sukipoet said...

Cris that's fabulous. Thanks goodness all went smoothly. Have a great visit. Be well. Now you are in the FAST LANE

Kikipotamus said...

Trout Fishing in America! Now that brings back memories. I think I was 15 when I fell in love with Brautigan.

human being said...

wow what a treasure... i love especially the fossils... they are magnificent... really really magnificent...

Calvino is one of my favorites... he's got a very powerful language and a deep understading of human nature...

some of his short stories are like a flash of lightning... intense and radiant... e.g. "The Crow Comes Last"

happy 4th of July to you my dear American friend...

sukipoet said...

Kikipotamus, or Kelly, That's cool that you too love R. Brautigan. You know when in SF i walked into a mexican imports store near Vesuvio's and there he was, the mustache man, he owned the store. But it was a kinda odd store with very little in it except for big paper flowers.

Human Being, Calvino is marvelous. This particular book is his retelling of folktales which once I read each morning for creative inspiration they are so right brained. I would lvoe to read that story you mention.

Honour said...

thanks for sharing Suki -- now I know what a rock swap is ! I am also writing down that other book you mentioned " The Zen of Creativity" .. neat.

sukipoet said...

Honor, I am reading "Zen" now and enjoying it, a meld of meditation perspectives and life story and creative inspiration.