Those of you who have read Marmelade Gypsy for a number of years, know that my "happy place" is an herb farm near Battle Creek, Michigan called Southern Exposure. With friends, I will attend workshops there, making beautiful arrangements, wreaths and other home decor projects.
Jan, Kate and I had signed up for several of the spring workshops but, of course, those were canceled due to Covid-19. We were all missing our times at the farm, wandering the gardens and enjoying the lovely dinners we are served.
Well, when I finally paid off my house mortgage, a celebration was called for. I wanted to treat my friends to a lovely dinner but we are all high risk in one or more ways so a restaurant was out of the question.
And then I thought of Southern Exposure. I had hoped we could arrange a lovely dinner in one of their smaller buildings for six of us, well distanced. .
I knew that before we went in for dinner, the six of us could walk around the gardens, keeping good space outside.
And it worked! Jennifer, Southern Exposure's new owner, was more than accommodating. The plans were made!
Rick and I arrived at the farm after driving down a country road that was in truth a tunnel of trees at their golden splendor. The entry into the farm was equally beautiful. Soon the others arrived, too. This was especially fun for us because none of our menfolk had been to this spot we raved about with every visit. Even though the gardens were nearing their end, there was still plenty of color and it was beautifully tended, as always.
They were impressed!
We wandered around a good deal before dinner, noticing such things as still-magnificent hydrangeas...
...the charming vintage auto...
...and the Southern Exposure chickens!
The apple and pear trees were still producing abundant fruit.
There was a lot of photography going on...
...and a lot of "oohing" and "ahhing..."
And more than a bit of gratitude for this time together.
There' was more Southern Exposure fun in store when went inside for dinner....
...but I'll save that for another day!