I’ve been thinking about the Philippines a lot this week, not only because it’s our recycled ornament and dreidel ordering season–retailers can find out more here– but mostly because of news of the catastrophic floods in Metro Manila.
While the fair trade producer I work with is in Manila, there was a time when I traveled all over the country. My favorite place in the Philippines, and among the best travel experience I’ve had anywhere is on Camiguin Island. It’s an amazing place. Below are just a few of many, many photos:
Three Stone Steps carries a snake made in Haiti from recycled oil drums. Here it is:
To be honest, despite it being a very clever design, it’s never sold all that well. In fact, some people are drawn to it from a distance and then recoil when they get closer. (Actually, this happened just this Sunday at our booth at the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar.)
We also carry a dragonfly. It’s not our bestseller, but it’s fairly well loved–well, at least people don’t actually squirm at the sight of it:
Without paging Dr. Freud, we don’t really know why some insects are loved (see dragonfly, ladybug, butterfly) and others strike at some deep, dark emotional chord, but we do know if we were putting art out in a garden, we’d opt for both the snake and the dragonfly. If you want to do the same, you can find them right here.
Here at Three Stone Steps we’ve been checking out airfares for a potential trip to Haiti next month. We need to meet with some metal artisans and the women who make our (soon to be on the website) papier-mâché ornaments so airports (and airfares) have been on our mind. (Well, at least more than usual.)
Today’s photo is an Instagram from back in the early Spring. It’s Newark International Airport taken from a moving Boltbus on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Have a great weekend whether or not you’re going somewhere.
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