Garden Diary - December 2015

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Gingerbread at the County Library
Sunday, 6 December 2015

The first gingerbread houses event at the county library was in 2011, and had ten or so entries. Come see it now! Tables full of delicious, beautiful masterpieces in the display gallery and two more just outside it. A couple more on a table near the children's room. Four shelves of smaller ones in the display cabinets.

From the guidelines - there are five classes: children up to 12 years old; students 13 to 18 years old; an adult individual; family; and professional. The two categories are gingerbread story land, with a favorite scene or structure from a beloved story, or Hunterdon County scene, showing a favorite building, attraction, or image, old or new.

Houses by two young builders:
a 9 year old fourth grade student on the left and a 7 year old first grader on the right.

Your classic gingerbread cottage.

Hansel and Gretel's storybook cottage.

From a different tradition - a hanukkah house.

Hunterdon County's Dvoor farmhouse by Milann D'Angelo.
You can see the original near the first traffic circle on Route 12.

Inspired by the poem, "The Night Before Christmas," this might look rather simplistic. But
come to the other side and admire the dollhouse view created by the Shearer family.


Or maybe you'd prefer "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

At Copper Hill School, students in Brittney Johnson's class created
a gingerbread scene from the children's book "Snowman at Night."

Here's a rather sweet covered bridge. There are several,
here in New Jersey and across the river in Pennsylvania.

One such is the Green Sergeant's Covered Bridge, constructed in 1872 across the Wickecheoke Creek. Located just west of Sergeantsville, it is the oldest remaining covered bridge in New Jersey.

How about the Volendam Windmill in Holland Township, New Jersey. Designed and built 50 years ago, two of its sails were damaged just a few years later and it has not been operational since then. It is still inspirational, as seen in this gingerbread version.

A gingerbread Red Mill Museum by The Arc of Hunterdon. The landmark Red Mill at Clinton, New Jersey is located just below the confluence of Spruce Run and the South Branch of the Raritan rivers.

Fiction-inspired gingerbread.
The Cat in the Hat wonderfully executed by the Haggerty family.

Here's the grand prize winner of the contest, by Shirley Hammesfahr.
Mr. McGregor's shed and garden from Peter Rabbit.

Look at the details - pretzel stick bean trellis, with Peter Rabbit hiding underneath.

All of these wonderful, whimsical, spicy holiday gingerbread houses will be on display at the Hunterdon County Library headquarters for the month of December, up to 31 December 2015.

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