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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Hurd Orchard

Today the sisters and I had a wonderful time at Hurd Orchard.

Although it is a two and a half hour drive to Holley, NY just west of Rochester it is well worth the effort. It was a rainy, cool day with a lot of wind but that didn’t stop us from enjoying a lovely luncheon.

While we were waiting for the opening of the barn we pursued the fruit market/gift shop. After lunch we went back where Diane bought some fig/pear jam, Vermont cheese and Harvest Lentil dry soup mix. 

Finally we entered the enormous barn with dried hydrangeas and other flowers hanging from the large beams. Just entering the barn is a feast for your eyes. In various parts of the barn were large tables containing vases filled with seasonal flowers and foliage.

A large harvest table had arrangements of flowers and a ladder hanging with lanterns above. 

Everywhere you looked there was glorious color. 

The owner of this business which included large orchards of every kind of fruit and even 20 acres of flowers explained a little about Hurd Orchard to us. Then she tantalized us with a preview of the menu for the day. When the food arrived it didn’t disappoint. 

We started with a small jelly jar of freshly pressed cider from their own apples. Next the bread basket came out containing warm corn bread with caramelized onions on the bottom and sautéed apple slices on the top. Also in the basket was an applesauce bread. We devoured that so fast we didn’t even take a picture.  The salad had a little greens with slices of fresh peaches, pears, nectarines, apples, and raspberries with a homemade raspberry dressing. 

Our main course which was served on mismatched vintage china was ham slices with peach sauce and a fresh sweet corn soup which we had to get the recipe for. 

Hurd orchard part two

I had to break this up into two parts because there were so many pictures. 

Dessert was a warm peach pie with whipped cream. Yum yum!

The inside of the fruit market had baskets hanging all over the ceiling. And lots of apples. 

Monday, September 13, 2021


Gorgeous birthday flowers from my husband. He never forgets. 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Fall decor 2021

I began my fall decorating.  I’m so ready for the heat of summer to be over. In Bradford we are not used to temps consistently in the eighties. Thank goodness for central air. It has been a blessing. Especially for Don with his breathing problems. I started by going through the bins in the storage room down in the basement. Then I carried everything upstairs and sorted again. I decided to start in the living room with the mantle. This past weekend when I was in Camphill I bought this beautiful sunflower picture. It just set the mood but I was trying to convey. The rest of the decorations came easily and blend it in with my blue and white chinoiserie China.

On the mantle I also put the water fountain. I’d love to hear it’s tingling is it drops water from one leaf to the other. I’ll have to remember to put it on a timer so it doesn’t go all night. I’m a big fan of timers. We have a lot of lights on the timer so when we go to bed at night we don’t even have to worry about turning off the lights.

I made The autumn sign many years ago. Some of the sunflowers are newer others are very old. They never go out of style.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Pay attention

“Pay attention.  Be astonished.  Tell about it.”
       —-Mary Oliver

“To discover the divine, we must see the ordinary with new eyes of appreciation.  The sacred is found in the seemingly mundane”

Something that sparkles....

As seen through the eyes of someone else....

Something you can only find in this season...

Something that touches your skin...

Something where it is dark....

The face that greets you in the morning....


On your kitchen table...

Something that you only notice in silence...

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Amish adventure

Although when you think of Amish people you probably think of southern Pennsylvania there is quite a big Amish community in western New York. 

We had a delightful day learning about the Amish when we visited a relative of Lisa’s who spends the summer at her home in Little Valley, New York to get away from the Arizona heat. 

Jeanette lives in a cottage which surrounds a small lake. She invited our coffee group for lunch and a tour of the Amish country 

We first enjoyed a lovely lunch on her screened in porch before venturing out. 

Our first stop was her local roadside stand where we all picked out goodies to take home. I brought home small cucumbers, a very large tomato, some zucchini, corn and of course two bouquets of gorgeous flowers. 

At the Amish furniture barn we were astonished to see a baby fawn just walking around. The farmer told us that she comes every morning to get water. She didn’t mind the three dogs that were there and they didn’t mind her, even when she went right up to them to sniff. 

Every place we stopped the flowers were outstanding. It was a super trip topped off with a stop for ice cream on the way home. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021


Even though I haven’t planted many flowers this year the perennials have been Old Faithful‘s. The knockout roses and Bee Balm are a beautiful pink. And you can always count on the lilies. They seem to thrive with all the rain we’ve been having.