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Troop 62019 welcomes you to follow along on our GIRLtopia journey.  The girls have identified 16 themes that are important to them as women and are researching the themes with respect to the past, present, and future.  Our plan is to make a 16-block quilt that will be on display in the Killingworth library and then ultimately at the Parmelee Farm House once the Killingworth Historical Society makes that their permanent location.  Each girl is assigned two themes and each adult leader has one theme.  Each of us is designing our blocks with a personal interpretation of the theme.  We plan to use the colors of beige, green, and a bit of red in each block along with whatever other color(s) each girl chooses.  We hope that the beige background and green sashing will bring all of our blocks together.  Some of the blocks will be pieced while others will be assembled via applique.  Each girl will embellish with embroidery as desired.  Doesn’t this sound exciting?

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Garden Pics from 08-27

Katie was our posy maker this week and Lindsay West was the caretaker. Katie shared these pics:

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Garden Pics 08-20

Slice was the garden caretaker and bouquet maker this week.

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Garden Pics from 08-13

Adrienne and Colette were this week’s posy makers. Check it out:

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GS Garden Pics from 7-30

Venom must be showering love upon the garden because it looked beautiful today.  This week we were able to include Bachelor Buttons and Cosmos in our bouquets in addition to our Zinnias . . . along with all the other wildflowers we harvested from the surrounding meadows.  Venom was the Creative Director today while Killa was in charge of Packaging:  what a team!  As usual, Mary Solera contributed some of her flowers from the lower gardens.  Enjoy the show!

Our flowers on display.

Our flowers on display.

Venom thinks the grouping of posies together looks pretty enough to be a wedding bouquet!

Venom thinks the grouping of posies together looks pretty enough to be a wedding bouquet!

And our special today is . . . beans!

And our special today is . . . beans!

Our Creative Director Venom working her magic.

Our Creative Director Venom working her magic.

One of Venom's creations.

One of Venom’s creations.

Mostly wildflowers.

Mostly wildflowers.

The greenery makes this one doesn't it?

The greenery makes this one doesn’t it?

We have two different pink Cosmos colors.  Surprise!

We have two different pink Cosmos colors. Surprise!

We should have more and more of these blooming in the next few weeks.

We should have more and more of these blooming in the next few weeks.

We are starting to see blooming Bachelor Buttons!

We are starting to see blooming Bachelor Buttons!

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GS Flower Garden Pics from 7-23 and 7-25

Annelise and I found the garden very peaceful each day as we watered and weeded.  We planted two new pink flower bushes and one new daisy bush.  Beware!  The honeybees as well as bumblebees just adore the pink cone flowers (not sure what their official name is.)

On Thursday, we picked our zinnias, some of the new daisies and pink cone flowers, and whatever the purple flowers are in the corner.  We also walked around the wild areas of the meadow and along the trails and picked additional flowers.  Annelise chose 4-5 items and wrapped them with a twisty tie.  Then I wrapped them in a wet paper towel and placed them in a baggie with 2-3 ice cubes I had brought from home.  Finally, we tied them with twine and placed them gently in a container for customer selection.  Something so simple can be amazingly beautiful!

The Shared Harvest volunteers are all very helpful and showed us the ropes, especially Mary Solera and Trin Walton.

The garden before picking  . . . multi-colored zinnias; did you know we have white zinnias?

The garden before picking . . . multi-colored zinnias; did you know we have white zinnias?

Vivid colors!

Vivid colors!

No respect from the birds . . . but easily hosed off!

No respect from the birds . . . but easily hosed off!

The posies!

The posies!

More posies.

More posies.

The new daisies.

The new daisies.

The new pink flowers and my honeybee friend.  I wonder if it is one of Ben Chasse's from his hive?

The new pink flowers and my honeybee friend. I wonder if it is one of Ben Chasse’s from his hive?

The Shared Harvest table.

The Shared Harvest table.

Very pretty . . . wish I knew what their name was.  They look like they will be prickly but the are not!

Very pretty . . . wish I knew what their name was. They look like they will be prickly but they are not!

Our very first of the Cosmos to bloom.  We may have some to pick next harvest.

Our very first of the Cosmos to bloom. We may have some to pick next harvest.

It is blurry but that's because I was very excited that the first Bachelor Button has bloomed.  We have had trouble weeding this section!

It is blurry but that’s because I was very excited that the first Bachelor Button has bloomed. We have had trouble weeding this section!

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Community Garden

Troop 62019 will participate in the Shared Harvest initiative at Parmelee Farm’s Community Gardens.  Today we took a first look at Plot #11 after which we edged, weeded, and turned the soil.  Finally we covered the plot with black plastic as our weed barrier.

Labor Day Gardening . . . you gotta have the proper style!

Memorial Day Gardening . . . you gotta have the proper style!

Avoid the Stinging Nettle!

Avoid the Stinging Nettle!

Plot #11:  See you in two weeks!

Plot #11: See you in two weeks!

Killa, Squid, Anapiece, AS1898, Kat, and Slice

Killa, Squid, Anapiece, AS1898, Kat, and Slice

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2014 Fall Campout

It was a cold night but that didn’t stop members of GS Troop from attending the fall campout.  This year we had a beautiful site right on Lake Pattaconk.

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Bear Mountain Backpacking Trip-NOT A GIRL SCOUT TRIP

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Girl Scout Troop 62019 Present GIRLtopia Quilt to Killingworth Historical Society

Girl Scout Troop 62019 will present their GIRLtopia quilt to the Killinworth Historical Society on Wednesday, April 9, at 6:30 pm at the Killingworth Town Hall.  The quilt will be permanently on display at the Parmelee Farm House along with a poster describing their journey and the meaning of each block.  At Wednesday’s ceremony the girls will summarize their year-long journey and describe the inspiration and research behind each quilt block.  Everyone is welcome to join us on Wednesday and hear the girls share their story.

Quilting Bee #2

Quilting Bee #2

Independence and Individuality Block by Katherine Simoniello

Independence and Individuality Block by Katherine Simoniello

Education Block by Lindsay Nord

Education Block by Lindsay Nord

Unity and Togetherness Block by Adrienne Schultz

Unity and Togetherness Block by Adrienne Schultz

Safety and Nonviolence Block by Katherine Simoniello

Safety and Nonviolence Block by Katherine Simoniello

Kindness, Forgiveness, and Honesty Block by Sydney Hyde

Kindness, Forgiveness, and Honesty Block by Sydney Hyde

Respect for all Humans Block by Sydney Hyde and Lindsay West

Respect for all Humans Block by Sydney Hyde and Lindsay West

Love Block by Megan Toman

Love Block by Megan Toman

Peace Block by Megan Toman

Peace Block by Megan Toman

Shelter and Home Life Block by Annelise Walsh

Shelter and Home Life Block by Annelise Walsh

 

Happiness Block by Alice Simoniello

Happiness Block by Alice Simoniello

Friendship Block by Cherie Toman

Friendship Block by Cherie Toman

Freedom Block by Lindsay Nord

Freedom Block by Lindsay Nord

Courage Block by Adrienne Schultz

Courage Block by Adrienne Schultz

Equal Career/Hobby Opportunity Block by Diane Walsh

Equal Career/Hobby Opportunity Block by Diane Walsh

Justice and Equality Block by Lindsay West

Justice and Equality Block by Lindsay West

Global Conservation Block by Annelise Walsh

Global Conservation Block by Annelise Walsh

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By the way, photo credits to Mrs. West. And a thanks from the girls for coming on the trip.

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The leaders struggling to walk on the rocks.

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The Squid by the fire.

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Is that a Mrs. Walsh I see? If it is, she must be exhausted from a full day and night with us girls.

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In all seriousness.

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Adrienne in the river

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Columbus Weekend Camping Trip

We had a beautiful couple of days camping in the Riverton area.  The girls did all the planning, packing, setting up, building/tending the fire, cooking, and cleaning up.  Us three moms had our own site across from the girls.  We went on a hike, had a campfire, a somewhat decent night’s sleep and then the next day took a short walk along the Farmington River, then explored the historic Lighthouse village, and finally spent some time in the nature center before heading back home.  Alice took the following pictures which I am hoping the girls will add to when they get a chance.

View from Hike Day 1

View from Hike Day 1

View from Hike Day 1

View from Hike Day 1

Riverton Nature Center

Riverton Nature Center

Competitive Crossword at the Nature Center

Competitive Crossword at the Nature Center

Diane took some phone shots . . . not very photographic but it does the job of documenting our trip.

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Mrs. W sleeps alone!  (Shhhhhhh, she snores!)
Mrs. W sleeps alone! (Shhhhhhh, she snores!)

Leader Tents

Leader Tents

Chatting alongside the Farmington River

Chatting alongside the Farmington River

The beautiful Farmington River

The beautiful Farmington River

A lazy morning along the river

A lazy morning along the river

Walking along the Farminton River

Walking along the Farminton River

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One artsy shot

Lindz's fix for Penny525's camping bedhead!  Beautiful!

Lindz’s fix for Penny525’s camping bedhead! Beautiful!

Making Black Forest Cherry cake in the dutch oven in the campfire

Making Black Forest Cherry cake in the dutch oven in the campfire

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GIRLtopia Quilt at the Durham Fair

Our quilt was displayed for all four days at the Durham Fair in the Discovery Tent.

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