A Fawning Surprise

As a jewelry designer whose work is based on natural forms, I can’t resist telling about an incredible experience I had recently. This happened while I was enjoying one of my favorite pastimes, hiking with my dog Ella. Since I live in Maine there is no shortage of picturesque backroads and paths and some I can access just by walking from my home.

If you have ever been to the Village of Round Pond, Maine in the Town of Bristol, you no doubt have visited the quaint Granite Hall Store. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, this historic shop boasts penny candy, ice cream, toys, Maine themed housewares, prints, soaps and tasteful t-shirts. To the left of the store is the start of the Back Shore Road which as its name implies, runs along the shore.

I started my hike on the Back Shore and walked about 1 mile to the end of the road, enjoying the views and then traversed a beaten path to join up to a road on the other side. This area is pretty quiet so I usually let my dog off  the leash so she can enjoy the wide range of scents. I had almost reached the road on the other side when I heard Ella barking rhythmically. I called for her to come but with no success. Finally I backtracked and spotted her off in the woods, still barking. I really didn’t want to retrieve her for fear I would pick up ticks, but ultimately it was my only option. As I climbed over fallen trees and ducked under low branches I tried to see what she was barking at. When I got fairly close I thought it must be something low to the ground, perhaps a porcupine or a snake?  Then I looked down and there it was, a fawn! Perhaps it was injured laying so low in the brush? But then I saw its ear twitch and a slight eye movement. My gut told me it was alive and well. I grabbed Ella, put her on the leash and hauled her out of there.

When I got home the first thing I did was Google “Fawn Playing Dead” and gratefully up came a video that duplicated exactly what I had just experienced. It seems that not long after a deer is born, their mother will leave them 2-3 times per day. While away, a fawn will camouflage itself by laying down flat. There was a comment that they are too small to outrun a predator so this is their best option. Coming upon this fawn was a gift. I have been showing the photo around as if I was the proud grandma. AND now you get to see it and hear the story. Oh and by the way, I did not get any ticks. Thanks for reading!

Art Student and Maine Lobster

Attending art school instills a bit of snobbery into a person. Kitsch was a no-no in addition to sappy sweet, and touristy themes.  So when a customer stopped into my jewelry shop a number of years ago and asked me when I was going to design a lobster, I graciously declined but in my head I’m saying “over my dead body will I make a lobster!” But then a really cool thing happened. I had just finished a new pea pod that had a coiled tendril on top. It happened to be May which is Fiddlehead season in Maine. For those that don’t know, Fiddleheads are the unfurled frond of the Ostrich Fern and are a eatable delicacy.  After the new design was completed it hit me that it was a blend of a Fiddlehead and a pea pod! My answer to the lobster dilemma! This wasn’t going to be just any lobster, it was a Peapod Lobster, better yet, a PODSTER! Even my art school snobbery could accept, even embrace this idea. I’m really glad that customer made the suggestion. The PODSTER has become one of our best selling designs.

The PODSTER pictured here is in sterling silver, also available in 14k. We make it in red carnelian as a cooked lobster, blue lapis for the rare blue lobster, white pearl for the live and of course we are happy to personalize it with a range of colored pearls or gemstone “peas”.  Visit this page on website to see our full collection of PODSTERS : https://www.peapodjewelry.com/search/podster

 

 

Fish Inspiration

Fish are a a big thing here in Maine, especially Alewives. These are an oily fish that are the bottom of the food chain for the Maine coastal eco system. They are food for heron, gulls, otter, larger fish and bait for lobstermen. We are dependent on them to maintain the health of this area.  They’re anadromous meaning they live in saltwater and travel upstream to spawn in freshwater ponds. Unfortunately in the last century many fishways have been blocked as a result of dams, crumbling bridges, and poorly placed culverts. With the realization of these obstacles to the livelihood of alewives and other fish species, the clearing of the fishways has been active. At the Muscongus Brook next to my home, the passage was blocked for over 50 years decimating  the alewife population. A concerned neighbor worked for over 10 years with the State of Maine and several non-profits to raise funds to rebuild a bridge that crosses the brook. Four years ago the project was completed and since then we waited patiently for the fish to return seeing a few more fish each year. This year in mid-May my husband and I went down to the brook and low and behold there were fish! Not just a few fish, but hundreds!

As the Chief Peamaker for Peapod Jewelry, I’m excited by this incredible comeback of the Alewives especially since it’s just outside my door. So, I had to make a fish design which I call the Pod Fish. This sterling design is available as a necklace and earrings with 2, 14k gold ‘peas’ in each. We can also personalize your Pod Fish other colored ‘peas’. Click on this link to see the designs on our website: https://www.peapodjewelry.com/search/fish

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to call Peapod Jewelry if you have any questions!

Peas!                                                                                                                                          Ronna

 

 

The Perfect Wedding

 

Only 20. That’s how many people were at the wedding of my son and his fiancé . No crying infants,  lewd uncles, prudish aunts, shopping cougars or drooling teenagers. With so few people there was no bridezilla, defeated groom, or pushy parents to fret or fight or over the details. As parents of the groom we didn’t have to do anything but put on our daytime dress apparel and show up. Same with the bride’s parents. We could relax, get to know our son’s new in-laws and not worry if they contributed more to the wedding than we did.

The cool thing was that instead of renting a hall they had the ceremony right in a friend’s 2nd floor apartment in San Francisco overlooking the city. This glassed-in living room offered views of the Golden Gate and the Presidio. Twenty white clothed folding chairs were set in rows and a cloth like paper runner was laid as the walkway for the bride and her dad. As untraditional as the wedding seemed, our daughter-in-law-to-be appeared in a simple but elegant wedding gown and the ceremony began. The bride joined our son under a lovely lacy chuppa  for their vows. The ceremony overseen by a secular officiate shared poetry and writings the couple selected.  After they each took the time to tell us of their love, the rings and a tender kiss were exchanged.  Petals were tossed and the couple made their way down the aisle to the open kitchen area where we all shared in a toast and Champagne.

From there we made our way two blocks up to the couple’s favorite restaurant that opened early for our party. Although not a big space they managed music and a bit of dancing in addition to a delicious meal. All was complete by 5 pm and invitees made their way back to city apartments and hotels.

For those who like to enjoy celebrating until wee hours of the morning, there was an after party for many of the couple’s friends. Most did not attend the ceremony but had the fun of celebrating starting at 11 pm on the rooftop of the wedding location. I will admit that by then my husband and I were fast asleep in our comfy hotel. It had been a wonderful day at the perfect wedding.