Last Friday started an overnight get-away with the girls. The purpose was to attend a natural foods festival at Crone's Cradle, a nature preserve/organic farm/feminist retreat, on Saturday. We all met in Gainsville, and stayed overnight there. But half of the trip is getting there, and my "getting there" experience was very gratifying! I left earlier than the girls did, took my time, and visited places I had been wanting to visit for some time! Here's what I did, with a few pictures:
First stop was the ice machine just down the street to ice down the beers in the cooler for later(however the iced beers are still in ice that's now melted 'cause they never got drank...). Then off to the races! Traveling up 301/441, it splits just north of Ocala. My first stop was a local organic farm that has a little market. I bought some ground pork that was on sale and some sheep's milk cheese that turned out to be very stinky. I didn't much like it on crackers, but on a tuna salad sandwich, it was pretty good. The ground pork I seasoned and it was VERY good.
Second stop was the Windmill Gallery on top of the hill at Orange Lake just south of McIntosh on 441. It's a little stand-alone gallery operated by the photographer Sean Dowie. He takes amazing photos with a large format camera, I'm guessing like Clyde Butcher does. He also has other artist's works in his gallery. I had a wonderful conversation with him, touching on topics from freezing blueberries, to where we used to live and why we moved. He was getting ready to leave for an art show in Cedar Key so many of his works were already loaded up to go. I hope to visit with him again soon and see more of his work.
Third stop: Icehouse Gallery in McIntosh on 441. A local artisan's gallery filled with the most interesting art! The owners were very friendly, inquisitive and informative. Pieces ranged from a quilt to sculptures to paintings and things in between. Some, quite beautiful and some that make you laugh out loud! Glad I stopped in and will be going back to view the changing inventory.