The airplane travel wasn’t entirely new to me, but it had been several years since I flew. Not sure I enjoyed it. But we arrived safely and, after a longish drive made it to our destination, Branson, MO.
We came for a Woodcarving Seminar and Hitty Retreat, back-to-back. Our room had a swan towel that welcomed me, so Bean took my photo. After sleep, we had our first woodcarving day. Lots of old friends were there. The stairs up were steep, but once there, we didn’t mind so much. Everyone carved Hitty. Ours is still incubating.
Day two the plumbing had issues (turned out to be a collapsed sewer line down the way). Possibly not yet fixed since some people past the problem objected to them digging up the street or something. For the Retreat, we moved to a lovely clubhouse in the neighborhood where the carving’s building owner lived. It was already reserved for the final night, but she pulled a few strings and made it happen for the entire retreat. It was on Lake Taneycomo and lovely.
More friends joined us, including Bean’s good friends Gillman Davis and his wife Nellie.
There were a few people there who the Bean didn’t know, and a few who she had never met, and some she had not seen for many years. It was fun. We watched a Hitty be born, swapped back and forth between carvers Janet Cordell and Adina Huckins, a tiny gourd turned into a cute Hitty birdhouse, and learned how to make a sheep from pipe cleaners and wool. Ours needs a smidge more wool on it, but is ultra cute. There were sales tables and a silent auction, too. One thing we purchased was a painting by Nancy Arthurs of the old carving cabin where Bean first learned to carve. In front of the cabin is the Farkleberry tree. Bean is a member of the Farkleberry Woodcarvers.
The final evening was a dessert where the dolls were given out. Each was carved by both Janet and Adina: one blocked the face, the other finished. Ours told use her name is Hitty Ja-dina, the first two letters of Janet and the last four of Adina.
Our table decorations were lovely – driftwood with fairy lights and crow’s nests. I tested it out, since I was tired, and found it quite comfy. Even more comfy is being home.
See you next week.