This is a wonderful time of year. Here at Rocky Mount the pecans are covering the orchard and we are getting ready to create fresh New Orleans Style Pralines!!! All of the jellies and jams are finished, for now, and time to get back to the gourd crafting business too!! I just finished creating awards for the Dept of Culture and Tourism for the Cultural Awards for the year awarded annually by the State of Louisiana. It was such an honor to be asked to create awards for such distinguished honorees of Louisiana. Here at Rocky Mount we create jellies, jams, birdhouses, and farm gourds. Our gourds are used for a fine crafting which I enjoy creating many different designs and use the Louisiana Long Leaf Pine Needles in my basketry to create what I like to call a Gourdsket!! It is a combination of a gourd bowl and a basket. We are having the most wonderful Arts Market on the Red River at the Barnwell Garden and Arts Center in Shreveport, LA. Not too far for me to travel for my work to be displayed and sold. For today, I remain, Gourdially yours, Susan Breeland, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is!!