Sunday, May 29, 2011

Road Trip

There is no time to rest here, Fifi has left the building, Nada Farm fun is over and I must hit the road for Farm Chicks. 
I must leave my garden with the heady fragrance of lilac and my peonies just spreading their petals that I patiently wait for all year and set my sights on greener pastures. Washington state that is.

My favorite tree, a ever so soft pinky cream French lilac

I will be staying with my oldest daughter Jody and we will spend a week getting ready for FC in Spokane which is about 7 hours from her.
I have set my onstar to Vancouver and my navigational advisor who I like to call Miles has informed me I have 2100 miles to go. I will be traveling West on interstate 80 to I84 most of the way, passing through Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and into Washington.
This should be fun... just me, hopefully the sun and the open road... my SUV stops for critters and antique shops. 

There is no room for another thing in this car... well, only if I really really find something cool.

Illinois is a loooong state and I was glad to cross over to Iowa.

Iowa was beautiful with all the fields just starting to come up, it was like quilts on the countryside, so manicured and green.

I had lunch in Walnut IA, a charming little town with cobble stone streets and antique store after antique store.

It was a fun stop but found nothing to try and squeeze in the car.

The first day was getting out of IL, through Iowa and landing for the night in Ogallala NE. I spent the night looking for Gus... In the morning I enjoyed the calves playing in the green fields and nursing on their mama's. They looked like soft brown velvet and were so beautiful.
I spent most of the day crossing Wyoming... a very long state with lots and lots of fencing.

In Utah I stopped for sheep... have I mentioned I have a thing for sheep. Love them!
I remember as a child feeding my Grandma's lambs with an old Orange Crush bottle... they are the sweetest animal. I always wanted one for a pet.

The lambs had to only be a week old here...

80 miles an hour down the interstate and this Envoy comes to a screeching halt and on the side of the road with me taking pictures of sheep.

Utah was gorgeous.

Gas has been a killer not to mention my gas gauge died... so I am filling up more than I would ordinarily.  For some reason once the needle hits half it just drops to empty and then the gas light goes on. Not good when there are 30 mile stints of no service.

Hit upon a beautiful, brand new Fairfield Inn in Idaho. Only $77 for a single. Good coffee and nice bedding ahhhh.
Right next to a nice restaurant...

Passing over the Rockies... God's country.

Hard to take pictures from the car going 80 mph through the window of a bug splattered window...

Oregon, rainy and misty. Followed the Colombia river through most of the state up into Washington.

I am safe and sound at my daughters and I will keep you posted on getting ready for Farm Chicks...
I will be posting again soon... to tell you who I met at Montcello's and show you what we have been buying!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

NaDa Farm Fun

   Farm Fun
What a hectic fun week... I loved having Donna here for the week and she worked so hard helping me get things ready for the Fifi. 
After the shoot, we regrouped and then we spent Friday getting ready for the BoHo Ball at the NaDa Farm event. We even researched what the Bohemian look was and then went shopping. 

So do we look Bohemian?

Isn't she cute...

As for me I might be boardering on a bag lady...

The Farm was all dressed up and ready for a party.

I have put on many events through all the shops I have had but I can not imagine doing one right after giving birth... Anne Marie is really Wonder Woman.
 Not to mention still having small kiddies at home!

Anne Marie and Mark Lohman the talented photographer that colaborates with Fifi ONeill on many projects. 

Don't you love the lights she did in the barn.

The vendors had wonderful displays and the crowd seemed pleased. 

Sorry I did not get the names of which displays belong to which vendors...

Mark's displays are always incredible

I think the most fun of the whole evening was visiting with old friends and seeing blogger friends. There is always a sense of well being and loving life when bloggers meet. I love how blogging slips past all the preconceived notions and cuts to the heart of people, bringing with it acceptance of friendship without judgment. I feel the Nada Farm event upheld that atmosphere and there was love and friendship in the country air. 

The blogger tent was set up in the Beautiful Bohemian style.

I was so happy to see Jill of Gypsy Brocante, she came all the way from Jersey. I met the gal sitting next to Jill on the left but I am so sorry I forgot her name. (if you read this please forgive me and send me your link)

Jill visiting with Fifi... two gorgeous gypsies.

Always good to see my sweet friend Polly of the French Cupboard.

The amazing Fifi girl feeling some love...

Fun was had by all...
Me a little wind blown but giggling with Donna
all the way home.

Donna is headed home to get ready for the Horton's French Flea Market
And now I am grabbing my hat
and loading up the Envoy and it is off to Washington for the

I will be posting on my "Roadtrip to Farm Chicks"...
Come along for the ride!
Linking up with Debra at Common Ground for Inspiration Vintage Friday