Katy Elliott

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Shaker Village & Hard Drive Died

Posted on | October 22, 2009 | 19 Comments

Shaker Village in NH

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. My hard drive on my 2-year-old imac died on Sunday afternoon and had to be replaced. The ordeal was pretty traumatic and I cried a lot. I tried to stay calm knowing I had backed up my files a few months ago on an external hard drive. When my imac returned home on Wednesday I plugged in the drive to find nothing on it. My stomach sank. For some reason my perfectly new external hard drive had nothing on it. My boyfriend and I are pretty techy and can’t find a reason why the files are gone. All my photos, music, videos are gone. Thankfully, I have a lot photos uploaded to flickr and to my blog. All my funny and personal photos are gone forever. I’m trying not to dwell but I feel miserable.

Above and below are the first photos to go on my new hard drive backed up by my new external hard drive. Greg and I went up to NH on Saturday and checked out Canterbury Shaker Village for some house inspiration. We had mixed feelings about the visit. Our tour guide talked a lot about religion and seemed offended by questions about design. Taking photos inside was against the rules. Above and below a few shots of the rolling fields displaying gorgeous skies and colorful fall leaves.

Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Village Road
Canterbury, NH

Wood Pile at Shaker Village
Field at Shaker Village in NH
Rock Wall at Shaker Village

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19 Responses to “Shaker Village & Hard Drive Died”

  1. emilie
    October 22nd, 2009 @ 10:50 am

    Dear Katy,
    Your photo’s are amazing and your style is lovely. I think I can understand what you’ve been through. I had the same experience twice. The good thing is that you’ll remember the lost pic’s better than the ones you kept on flickr. (Well that is my experience).
    Lots of success!
    I shall look forward to read your new stories.
    Emilie from Amsterdam


  2. Virginia
    October 22nd, 2009 @ 11:07 am

    I lost 4 months of photos. I know how you feel! I just subscribed to Mozy which backs up automatically so I don’t lose any more. I like your blog – I too live in an old (1780) house in MA which we are SLOWLY renovating. Yours is much more daunting than mine though! What state are your chimneys and fireplaces in?


  3. Katy Elliott
    October 22nd, 2009 @ 11:12 am

    Hi Virgina,

    Our chimneys are caving in and non-working. No cap on top…open to the sky. I have four that need to be fixed.


  4. Brittany Noel
    October 22nd, 2009 @ 11:30 am

    This place is beautiful. I would have the same mixed feelings. Design was such an important, if slightly unconscious, part of the Shaker life. It seems the guide should have been happy to address your questions.

    I’m really sorry about your hard drive, Katy. I’ve never lost quite that much, although we did have a freak out about Eric’s external drive. It crashed and neither of our computers would even read it. He figured out a reclamation software though, and we got them back. But, for about 24 hours, both of us thought that nearly all of our past schoolwork was gone. Which was pretty much all of our art. It was frightening.


  5. kate Zimmerman Skogen
    October 22nd, 2009 @ 11:34 am

    love your blog, katy!! so sorry hear about your drive failures.

    my husband is the biggest back-up nerd i’ve ever met. and thank goodness!! we have the time capsule from apple. it works with both mac and pc. backs up wirelessly & automatically…


  6. Sealicious
    October 22nd, 2009 @ 11:51 am

    So sorry about your lost files, that is hearbreaking :(

    I wanted to go to the Shaker Village but my travel companion said I was an old lady! Glad I got to at least hear a little bit about it.


  7. Bree
    October 22nd, 2009 @ 11:57 am

    That is just heartbreaking, Katy. I’ve had the hard drives go THREE times on Macs and now am Mrs. McAnalPants about backing up. Such a lame experience. Keep your chin up!


  8. Sarah
    October 22nd, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

    hi katy! i was looking at your other posts of shaker furniture, and i was wondering if you’ve taken a look at amish furniture? comparatively, they seem reasonably priced for handmade new pieces, and there are some styles similar to your windsor chairs and farm tables. even if the websites are off-putting, the furniture is still beautiful.


  9. heather
    October 22nd, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

    Hi katie – I’m a NH girl originally and glad to see the pics from Shaker Village. There’s a beautiful one in Hancock, Mass which I’m sure you know about.

    My husband and I lost our all of our digital photos when his (evil Dell) hard drive died. they said even paying a computer doctor hundreds of dollars wouldn’t fix it. we were devastated initially. it’s the photo history of our entire 7-year relationship. i’d say we’re still devastated, but to be honest i’ve gone into a state of denial about it. i can’t think about it or i just get so sad. i’m sentimental about photos, letters, everything. so, i’m so sorry this happened to you, too!

    on a happy note, i love your blog, it’s one of the first i read. great combination of my favorite things: design, new england, and old homes.


  10. stephanie
    October 22nd, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

    Oh, man, lady. I am so sorry to hear this. Wretched, fickle, terrible technology!

    Hang in there.


  11. Emily
    October 22nd, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

    I really recommend Hancock Shaker Village in Lenox, MA. You can walk around in an out of all of the structures, there is beautiful furniture and other handmade goods on display, along with lots of farm animals. Tours are self guided, but some of the buildings have guides to answer questions. I’m pretty sure that you can take pictures inside the structures (at least I did!). I visited this summer on a trip to the Berkshires and loved it.


  12. Katy
    October 22nd, 2009 @ 7:01 pm

    you poor thing… sorry to hear about your computer challenge!!


  13. Katy Elliott
    October 22nd, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

    Thanks guys. We are running a program on the external drive tonight. Fingers crossed!


  14. Virginia
    October 23rd, 2009 @ 11:53 am

    I’ve got four chimneys and seven fireplaces all of which are unlined and uncapped. I’ve had a mason come out and look at them and I really didn’t like the options they gave me. I don’t like to use nonreversable methods, such as pouring an internal liner, to fix anything in the house. Have you had any thoughts on what you might do with yours? Seems a shame not to use them.


  15. Katy Elliott
    October 23rd, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

    Hi Virginia–
    In the next few months I am hoping I can afford to have them fixed. I’ll share more once I get estimates and learn more about by specific situation.


  16. mopar
    October 23rd, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

    That’s good. Collapsing masonry can be very dangerous. I’m so sorry about the hard drive.


  17. denise (chez danisse)
    October 23rd, 2009 @ 2:35 pm

    Offended by design questions? How silly. What a let down…

    The good news is that you were able to capture some beautiful images.


  18. Katy Elliott
    October 23rd, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

    Maybe I should restate. My boyfriend tells me I was being too harsh.

    Our tour guide said in such words…Don’t remember the shakers for their objects but remember them for their beliefs.

    I took this as…’yuppy people don’t ask me about the damn chairs.’


  19. Roxane
    October 25th, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

    My sister & I loved touring the Canterbury Shaker Village and luckily we didn’t encounter such a guide!

    Perhaps your guide should read the Canterbury Shaker website describing the Shaker belief about using such objects that embody their belief of meaningful work and that are sold in their gift shop for the express purpose of sending the Shaker spirit back into the world.

    Sorry about the hard drive :( Because I use mine for our business and have hundreds of photos on it, I’ve invested in a external hard drive which hopefully been successful in backing everything up!


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