Friday Farm Favorites

Farmguy and I were in England a couple of weeks ago on vacation.  We stayed in the Cotswolds area not too far from a town called Broadway. Broadway is a charming place with a number of fantastic art galleries that we always enjoy visiting.  A friend recommended that we stop by John Noott Galleries as they have a variety of […]

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The Weekly Bleat

“By the River,” 11 x 14 acrylic on canvas   A heartfelt thank you to my friend, Donna as well as my art teacher, Mrs. W for their helpful input and kind encouragement on my latest painting.     “An extraordinary dream by Lord Charles Wellesley. (Charlotte Bronte) ‘In this slumber I thought I was walking on the banks of […]

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Portrait of a Cat Named Winston

Of course, he wasn’t always called Winston.  When this black and white feral kitten first appeared on Green Hill Farm in the early 1990s, he was just another no-name, country kitty looking for food and shelter.  You see, in the country, we don’t buy or go get a cat; it just shows up.  First, it takes up residence in one […]

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Self-Empowerment

“A line is a dot that went for a walk.” ~Paul Klee Swiss Artist 1879-1940   I first saw this quote on a magnet in the gift shop at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. last October.  I really liked the quote–enough to buy a magnet that I knew probably wouldn’t get any use.  But, I wanted to […]

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The Gift of a Good Friend

A little over a year ago, my dear friend and talented artist, Donna Tuten graciously invited me to paint at her art studio at 202 Market Square in Downtown Roanoke, Virginia.  She suggested that I bring a photograph of a painting I admired, and she’d give me a mini art lesson. We would also have lunch and visit. It sounded […]

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Friday Farm Favorites: A Farmgirl Abroad

These photographs were taken last summer in London at one of my favorite places—Trafalgar Square.  I first visited this vibrant place as a student studying in London for a semester, and I’ve loved it ever since. Trafalgar Square, a lovely open space, is a landmark heritage site in the City of Westminster (central London).  At its center is Nelson’s Column, […]

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The Weekly Bleat: Remembering Maine and Edna St. Vincent Millay

I would like to dedicate this post to my husband’s 102 year-old grandfather.  He is affectionately known as “Bump” or “Bumpy” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, because he always bumped foreheads to say goodnight when tucking them into bed at the family’s summer retreat in Maine.  “Camp,” as this summer place is lovingly called, has been an important part of […]

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Friday Farm Favorites

A Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh (1889)   I just started reading the next selection for my book club called, Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky, by Connie Lapollo.  This book is based on the true story of the women and children at Jamestown.  The following sublime quotes are found within the first pages of […]

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