Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Birthday Celebration at the Farm

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
Baked Beans
Cole Slaw
Warm Fudge Sundaes
Iced Tea

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.


  1. What a lovely day it must have been. Friends, comfort food, beautiful surroundings. And you captured all so well.

  2. It sounds like a truly perfect day. The gods of time and place conspired to make it special for all of you. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  3. I loved seeing the old hydranga bushes. Reminds me of granny's house.

  4. Just a perfect day!! Love that photo of the robin in her nest. Idyllic (did I spell that right?). blessings ~ tanna

  5. Looks like such a nice peaceful day!

  6. You and your friends always have the best birthday celebrations. Sounds like a wonderful day.

  7. Sounds like you had a great time at the farm, Bonnie. I love places like that... The garden/flowers are beautiful and the food looked YUMMMMMMMY.


  8. I seem to remember you doing this other years! Love that you do a craft-- looks like a cute photo frame. Love that clothesline!

  9. When I visited my dad in St. John in the summer, I was always amazed at how lush and green everything was in the dead of summer! Here of course, it is dry heat and the hills are all brown around us.
    Those little birds are so darn cute!!!

  10. The PERFECT day, it looks like absolute paradise!! And the menu, and the cute teapot and cups in the garden...And the craft, you cannot get much more awesome. I do hope you will be showing us your frame with the picture in it!!!

  11. The weather was so amazing yesterday. What a perfect time to be outside with your lovely friends.

    It is great to see the healthy corn after seeing so many miles of dead corn last year.

    Happy Birthday to the club girls.


  12. It looks like you had a great day, love the photo craft memento! And I have no doubt everyone ate very well too-enjoy:@)

  13. Another great birthday celebration! It sounds like you had a great time with lots of good food and pretty lush scenery.

    Love the clothesline pic and the other one is definitely straight out of Alice in Wonderland!

    It's so chilly here today, I'm about ready to turn the heat back on. Hope it's warmer and drier your way. Have a great rest of the weekend!

  14. What a lovely day to celebrate with your friends...memorable.

  15. What a wonderful day, so lovingly recalled and beautifully photographed.

  16. Can't top a beautiful day such as you've had Bonnie. So glad you've shared it with us.

  17. Thanks for taking us along to a lovely party in the country!

  18. What a wonderful tradition that you and your friends have! It looks like you had a beautiful day to celebrate. I love old buttons- that's a great idea of using them on frames. :)

  19. What a great time with friends with lunch and crafting in such a beautiful setting. The farmers must finally be happy this year :)


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