Country Living

Dear Friends,
We've got okra! Okra is the rock star of this year's garden and is like manna from heaven. We have never planted it before and are now asking ourselves "what's up with that?" We'll never go another year without it.

And we've got Monarch butterflies. This year we decided, in an effort to encourage quail, butterflies and other wildlife, we'd just mow paths through our pasture rather than trying to keep the whole thing manicured. We just saw a Monarch today, the first one of the summer. That's good news as the Monarchs are in trouble. As well, there's this huge ­ and we do mean huge - wild turkey hen that is hanging out in the pasture with her brood, acting as if she owns the place.  Linda's run into her a couple of times while out walking our two cats and dog. Tess, the dog, is about half the turkey's size and wisely pretends she doesn't see it. However, when she gets back to the friendly confines of the yard she turns and gives that turkey a good barking. We haven't noticed the return of any quail but it's nice to know we've been successful in some way. And, as an aside, not as much mowing means a lot less work.

July was fast and agreeable. We had good times in St. Paul at the 40th Anniversary A Prairie Home Companion show and in Marquette, MI at the Hiawatha Festival. Then last weekend we were at Lexington, VA's Lime Kiln Theater. We'll give the Lime Kiln a special shout out as it was the 25 year home of our musical, "Stonewall Country," which was a fine artistic moment for Robin and Linda. Out of that experience we learned some real lessons about song writing and performing that have aided us in having a life in music. It was a treat to once again stand on that stage on which we've stood perhaps more than any other.

We've heard from several of you inquiring about the Jean Ritchie CD we mentioned last month. We've listened to it a lot and really enjoy the great songs and performances. And we think our cut fits right in there, sounding as if it belongs. We're excited that its release date is drawing near. Here is a link to the press release from Compass Records about the CD:

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For those of you in the Atlanta area we're working on a benefit date on October 11. Details will follow. We're glad to finally have Atlanta in our sights again.

We'll leave Thursday for New Mexico and Colorado, an area of the country we love but don't get to that much. We're riding a train out of Alamosa, CO on the 9th and 10th and will play concerts in a place not available by any other mode of transportation. Then we'll spend a couple nights with old friends on our way to Albuquerque where we'll play at the Albuquerque Biological Park.

Let the fun begin.

Your pals,
Robin and Linda

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