Thanks to Sheila, we friends had a birthday to celebrate yesterday. A pot of baked beans and I headed south to the party destination. It was a beautiful morning with the temperature hovering around 84 degrees at eleven a.m..
As I neared our friend's farm, green fields of corn were on my left and soybeans on my right. All looked quite happy and healthy. Tucked away in the vast acres of corn is a little field of sweet corn for the table. We've enjoyed being gifted with those delicious ears of corn, fresh from that field, for many years now.
The weather was gracious to us and Diana had set up the table outside on the patio. The gentlest of breezes came to keep the mosquitos away.
Steve's Deviled Eggs
Strawberries and Mangos
Brats and Dogs
Warm Fudge Sundaes
When we sat down to the table, we noticed there were additional guests. Just above us on the roof post was this little robin family. Mom, dad and babies seemed unafraid of us interlopers. The parents took turns flying off and bringing back lunch for their offspring.
At the end of the patio, Yellow Belly the farm cat napped under my car.
In addition to the "wild life", we were treated to vistas of the farm's beautiful gardens. Some plantings are many decades old.
When I snapped this photo, I didn't notice the clothesline. Love it!
When I spied this little garden vignette, I wanted to search for the rabbit hole!!
After lunch, we toasted the birthday girl with champagne and headed inside to do our craft.
Box upon box of vintage buttons, snips of old lace and photo frames were turned into works of art to hold a photo of the five of us taken on this special day.
Thanks to Diana who always has just the right touch to make a party so very special. A big thanks to Sheila who had the good fortune to be a summer baby--a perfect time for a birthday picnic. The company of Jane and Ellen rounded out the January birthday girls in the summer celebration.
What a lovely memory we have filed away today.