Friday, October 28, 2011

English Country Dancing

Last month my daughters attended an ice cream social which also involved English Country Dancing and I have to tell you that Daughter #1 has talked about the dancing almost everyday since. She simply loved it. 

Daughter #1 located an instructional DVD entitled English Country Dancing as seen below.  My Daughters felt that they would have had more fun if they actually knew how to dance the dances. So we purchased the DVD.
 The quality of this DVD was extraordinary and our whole family sat down to watch it, including our two cats. 

I must say that the camera quality is so clear... and the filming simple and informational.  Below is the informal demonstration of each dance in slow movement.
 Then the formal version which goes at the regular speed of the music.
 Some of the dances are The Virginia Reel, The Soldiers Joy (Daughter #1 favorite) and Patticake Polka (Daughter #2 favorite) to name a few.

Along with the historical narratives regarding etiquette and customs during the  Civil war/Victorian era dances... we were so impressed with the craftsmanship that was put into this delightful DVD.



And if you're interesting in ordering, the creator Garrett Stowe left us with this note: 

If you'd like to purchase a copy of the DVD of your own, you can email me directly or visit Ebay and search on "English Country Dancing."   The DVD cost is $13 with free s&h if you purchase through me directly (if you purchase through Ebay the price is higher to cover listing fees).  Payment is accepted via check or Paypal.  Thanks so much for your interest.  
  Garrett Stowe
gstowe@hughes.net
This is a picture of last months event... what a grand time with all ages participating.
In a world that seems to pull families apart in regards to social activities, it's so refreshing when we can get back to the basics... with the whole family involved and having fun.


And I feel blessed that my two girls love the simple things in life. 
Giving God the glory, for the things He has done,
Java Girl

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hello Houston We Have Liftoff....

Now with my hernia surgery behind me... I can blog with more vigor now. So Ill fill you in on what we've been doing... 


We went to the pumpkin patch and saw the three little pigs. 
 We walked through the corn maze.
 The girls endured the hay ride.. which by the way, I loved. They told me that they aren't three and five anymore.

 Daddy came home... 
The horses have enjoyed the Fall weather.




They've added cattle guard jumping as their new favorite sport.




The girls learned Country English dancing.


The horses enjoy watching the dogs wrestle.

 And we added a new member to our family... his name is Sunny.
Also, we've been making apple butter, sitting by campfires and just enjoying each others company.


Have a Java Day,
Java Girl

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hello Again

It's me... your random blogger. I'm here to tell you that my hernia surgery went great and that I had two hernias instead of one. Which I will from now on refer to as my "Two for One Deal". I'll be back later to let you in on the goin's on at our farm.


Hernially Yours,
Java Girl


Monday, October 10, 2011

I'm Still Here

Hello to all my dear friends and family, it's been an interesting time in the life of Me. I've been on the road to mending physically and just when I get the report that my pneumonia is all gone, I get the news that I need surgery for a huge hernia that formed while I was coughing my head off with pneumonia.


So as you can see.... it's been an eventful summer. Starting in May with my Hysterectomy, August had some other medical stuff, but all turned out fine. September with pneumonia and hospital and now October with surgery that will put me back on the healing track for about the same time the hysterectomy did.


And to top things off or other words... the cherry on top of the sundae is... my Hubby is coming home and he's in for a wide awaking. I've not seen him since February and he comes home to taking care of me after surgery. I really mean, the timing is insane! There's 365 days in a year and I almost have to have this surgery on the day he comes home.


So I will try to keep you informed on the going's on of us, but there will be lapse's here and there.


Love ya,
Java Girl