Needless to report, Navajo rugs are a major attraction in this region. The best way to purchase a rug is directly from the weaver, who is often the person who raised the sheep, carded and spun the wool, dyed the yarn, and finally designed and created the rug. The second best way is to go to the Crown Point, NM rug auctions. They are held once a month and you will find masses of beautiful weavings, large and small, at the most reasonable prices. Kelly Place has some rugs for sale which were purchased from Navajo weavers who came to us or from the Crown Point auction. This rug (17″ x 23″) is a raised weave, giving it a 3-dimensional effect. Check out the Crown Point website to find dates and location: www.crownpointrugauction.com/
The annual birding festival is coming up, May 8-12! There are already a lot of summer birds here at Kelly Place. Marc is stocking up on seed. By the end of summer, I get tired of hearing the white-wing doves, but I realize I missed them over the winter!
We have over 89 bird species identified at Kelly Place in the past.
Get festival info at mesaverdecountry.com. We will try to contain our cats….
I better put his picture up and tell you…. he was the most adorable orange long hair kitty I had ever seen and he lived here for about 3 years before disappearing one day…. we never found a shred or heard of him at our neighbors, so who knows?
I was heart broken to see him gone so I’ll have to carry on his placid energy and be his spirit, here he is:
Throw this together and serve it on anything smooth to liven it up!
1/2 c. shelled pistachios
2 T. sesame seeds
2 tsp. coriander seeds
2 tsp. cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
1/4 tsp. whole black peppercorns
1 tsp. kosher salt
Toast pistachios in dry skillet over medium low heat, stirring occasionally until golden, about 6 min. Remove from skillet to cool. Add remaining ingredients, except salt to skillet and toast 1-2 min, until fragrant. Remove from skillet to cool. Put all ingredients into a food processor and grind coarsely.
Serve in pureed soups, plain yogurt, on peanut butter, and use your imagination! Make more and save in the freezer for instant crunch!
In the spirit of sharing our visual world…. if you have been here in the dry season, you probably never actually got to see how it looks to have water doing it’s seasonal job in our canyons. Here is a quick shot I took one day in 2010….
I (Marc) have been taking thousands of great photos of the large scale landscape as well as the small minute world near the grounds here at Kelly Place and I plan to select some of the phot’s and get them on here for all to see. Do any of our past guests have a great shot and comment to share with us? Here’s my first pic. taken around fall 2009.