|Melvin's hat and a favorite book that a friend gave me many years ago––"Heart's Delight Farm"|
|Ida's mint––used in our iced tea––made an easy centerpiece.|
|Joberta and Anna share a "hoot."|
|Joberta brought the Cupcake wine!|
Our daughter is staying at Chickabiddy while she is here and every meal we have had there together has been wonderful. We sit around and talk before and afterwards: often on the porch. Or read or play. We have no TV, phone or internet at the cottage. I intend to keep it that way. Across the street and up the road a bit from our doublewide, it is the needed domestic center of our farm life. As Addie says, "You can look out any window and catch a view." And the breezes find us and gather off the knob. There are much-needed vistas and new and changing horizons. It truly does provide a needed escape from life's distractions while allowing us to communicate with each other––or for me to see what's going on at the farm while working away inside. [Soon my office will be there, too.] I can even holler out the door when a meal is ready or visit when someone stops by. For the first time in a long time, I feel at home. Settled. Dare I say, even permanently so?
|The kids pitched together and decorated the Easter cakes––|
a lamb and a rabbit from old tins that my mother used to use.
|Thank you Betty and Duncan for making dessert so easy this year!|
|The Remains of the Cake and the delightful Cadbury Creme Egg, one of England's greatest exports!|
|We are so enjoying our family time altogether again. Even though our daughter|
is thriving in her own life "back east," her presence is something I miss throughout the year.
You come back when you're ready!