Just the other day, we drove five minutes from our new home at Wildflower Farm, exploring the area, and we found ourselves at Berlin Orchards. We arrived and we could smell the apples. It was really cute. Great place to take kids cute little playhouses for them and a hay ride pulled by some sort of truck thing all the way to the orchards and if you thought you smelled the apples down near the parking lot….. When you actually reach the orchard, it is overwhelming. (more…)
It’s autumn here in orchard country. This area, gets the most amazing foliage. We wanted to share some photos of the autumn leaves. I love waking up in the morning to the smell of autumn fog and looking through it to see the leaves changing color. I also love the bright blue skied mornings when the air is dry and crisp and the autumn foliage plays with the sunshine, little yellow leaves sparkling as they fall from the trees to the ground. A perfect artistic statement made by the partnership of the gentle autumn breezes and gravity. (more…)
Well well well……… It felt like it took forever…. Our first chicken, the one we were convinced was a rooster, popped a few days back. Unfortunately our provider took us off line for a while for reasons I can’t even begin to understand, and this isn’t the first time either….. But now that we are back so much has been happening, that I wanted to share some of it. (more…)
Welcome to Wildflower Farm. This is not just our new home, it is also the new home of Cafe Primrose. It sits in a clearing surrounded by trees nearly 1000 feet from the nearest road. It is an old salt box colonial style, a reproduction inside and out of a home in old Sturbridge Village, known as the Parsonage. In one room on the first floor is where I do my Cafe Primrose work. That room doubles as a gift shop as well in addition to being my studio space, and is open by appointment. We went from super cramped quarters to a home so spacious we have more space than we need. So we have listed on AirBnB. Now we open our home and our beautiful 5 acre farm to travelers. Our way of continuing to travel without ever having to leave our farm. We know a lot about travel after so many years on the international highway. So now, we are supporting others as a stop on their adventure just as so many supported us in various ways on our own national and international adventures. (more…)
As many of you know, We have been moving for years, and we finally bought Wildflower Farm out in Berlin MA and settled down. Many of the photos on this blog were taken at our previous residence in Arlington MA, which is presently up for sale!!! We had the floors re-done, had the place freshly painted, a new boiler and fairly new windows in over 90% of the lived in area makes this a great buy as does the great condition of the insulated roof. The back yard is of a very nice size for the area, it is close to all kinds of public transportation as well as being only a couple blocks from both the famous Mystic River, and Spy Pond, the bike path is also close by and is an easy walk to Alewife. The Capital theater and Arlington center also very walkable. If you have to be in the city this is the place to do it! Off street parking for several, and beautiful old fashioned character in the home make this place a to die for location and a to kill for character home. We loved and treasured our time in Arlington and we would like to see the place end up with someone who will love this gem of an income property as much as we do. We will miss it. But life changed and we had to move forward and go with it where it was taking us. So now this fantastic Arlington opportunity is available for someone else, to enjoy. A truly magical city dwelling is hard to find especially in Arlington.
Wildflower Farm, is 5 acres of wonder. And we are making the most of it. We decided to get a few more chickens, and….. Then……….. We met these 2 and fell in love. We are preparing the shed to accommodate them right up beside the chickens. Their names are, Annabelle and Lone Star. Lone Star is still just a tiny little baby not quite ready yet to leave his momma. So we will wait and prepare everything for their arrival in what we hope will be about 2 weeks.
The day before I left for Cape Cod, I did what every good Etsy seller does when they go on vacation. I set the Etsy, shop to vacation mode. One part of that is adding a response message explaining the situation to anyone that makes contact over Etsy while you are away, an auto message. Usually it hits certain points and explains that you are away on vacation. Here is the message that anyone who contacts me on Etsy, will get.
Right about now the old Mr. Rogers song “it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood….” runs through my head. Because it truly is beautiful here by the sea where the stars shine bright above us like little holes in a dark blanket that blinds us to the sunlight we get to play beneath all day. I can smell the ocean and I hear the seagulls screaming. For me, one of the hardest things has always been to be too far from the ocean to visit it with any regularity. Once again at the Cape! I am afraid so far all we have photographed is a bird we saw that we thought was rather pretty.
I am so sorry I have been gone much too long. I was moving and things get so crazy when one moves. We are having an amazingly hard time acquiring internet access or I would have been here some time ago. The company responsible simply refuses to do the job. So for at least the time being I am going old school with a good old fashioned DSL. I know right………. I went months without cable tv or internet…. And I have been really busy trying to catch up on so much. But, lets re-start this party shall we? Let me show you some of the sights of Wildflower Farm, my new home and the location of the Cafe Primrose studio and kitchen.