Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Farm Daze

Just up from a nap. Busy two days, much activity, very little sleep. Everyone at work felt the same , we all swam wearily through the day.

On Monday we went to one of my spiritual homes, the farm in Maryland. Only 40 minutes away(though in an non airconditioned truck on a humid 90 degree day with a 70 pound Lab plastered to your side, 40 minutes can seem like 40 hours) it's a different world.

As we drove through the farms gates the temperature dropped at least 10 degrees. Peacocks were shrieking, magnolias blossoms were scenting the air and a freshly baked strawberry rhubarb pie, made with garden fruit, was cooling in the kitchen.

We had our usual 2 hour pre dinner stroll of Heaven's 5 acres. There were two new 7 month old Maine coon kittens playing with a frog down by the pond. We looked and asked questions and took pictures and looked some more. There are always freshly planted new beds, something new in the old beds and far too many treasures for us to take home.

We ate grilled leg of lamb, asparagus and lettuce from the garden and that pie. German girl's favorite, it was etched with her name, I didn't know if it would be shared.

We left with a truck bed full of home grown heirloom tomato and pepper plants ,an exotic love vine, scented nicotiana seedlings, African foxgloves and a host of other beauties we have no room for. We have a dozen eggs from their chickens and some more of that pie.

They'll be with us for the 4th of July. AND they'll bring their blueberry pie.We love those boys. Life is sweet.


  1. Beautiful gardens, sounds like a perfect time was had :)

  2. What a great way to spend the holiday. Is the triangular flower a magnolia? What kind? Would give my eye teeth for space for that kind of garden. Thanks for sharing.

  3. SOunds like a fantastic day! The pie looks even better! Glad you enjoyed it.
    Hope you're having a great week,

  4. What a perfect day - especially love the magnolia photograph oh, and that PIE!! x

  5. Denise, You know it was. Not too sweet not too tart, just right!

    Sepal and Twig, It was. Gladdens my heart to go there.

    Webb, It is a magnolia. There are so many varieties I can't keep them straight. I'll ask them. It's magnolia heaven there.

    Bonjour, Thank you. Must learn to make a pie crust.

    Semi Expat, maybe i'll get a pie tattoo?

  6. That flower looks like a lovely piece of quilting.... a lovely day out, if a tad too hot for a wilting old bird like me!

  7. Hi Jane,

    You must have had a good time! That garden looks good. So does the pie!!

    Lieve groet, Madelief

  8. The Hound weighs more than your lab.

    Either mine is too fat, or yours is too thin.

  9. Magnolia macrophylla ... what a great shot of the bloom! what is not in the shot are the even more gigantic leaves!

    german girl

  10. Life is sweet indeed! That trip to the farm sounds like heaven (minus the 70lb fur ball stuck to you)!

  11. Sweet indeed..! That was lovely. Thanks for bringing us along with you, dear.


  12. This sounds like a bit of heaven.