In which the gardens are burgeoning so it's time to throw a party
Not that we need an excuse, especially after a (practically*) party-free 2020.
|*We did host a few, small, masked-and-socially distanced outdoor gatherings last year, |
mostly in the barn. But it's not the same.
When the garden starts to overflow the fences, it's time to invite people out to the Farm to celebrate summer.
|Monica and I both planted so many sunflowers this year. They are my 2nd favorite flower|
(after lavender, of course!)
Party decorations? Check.
|Every good party needs dragons.|
|Gathered in the shade around our wading pool/boat|
|Gail came to visit! Foxie Loxie likes to hang out with his "Grandmoo."|
|It's hard to name all the food highlights.|
Jim grilled delicious burgers and dogs for the crowd. Jacob's faro salad was a big hit. There was a beet-green salad that I loved, and a no-potato potato salad (using cauliflower!) that was amazing. Monica deviled some eggs, and Darcy posted the recipe for her almond cake--I'll report back here if I'm able to make that with any success.
And of course, there were the Animal Attractions.
|The Goat Kidz have never experienced a Haiku Farm party before, and made many new friends.|
|The Dragon performed her tricks-for treats as usual. We sent the little kids up to the orchard|
to pick up windfall apples, which we smashed and handed out to the critters.
Helen (photo above) was one of my preschool-storytime kiddos, and returned to the Farm for the first time since 2010.
|Young Helen at the Farm in 2010. |
Yes, B-dog stole that hotdog a moment after the photo was taken.
|Fiddle loves the attention she gets on party days, and Sirie knows where all the itchy spots are.|
We know that masking mandates are returning--probably as soon as next week. But for now, we can celebrate summer the way we like: with a bunch of friends in the sunshine, surrounded by gardens.