Sunday, June 22, 2014

Good evening!
If you have been visiting this blog for any amount of time,
you are well aware of the fact that my life consists of numerous visits
to the farm.  Various farms for various reasons.  The visits are always
most memorable, and the beauty and interesting way of life on each
and every farm, often leads me to share my visit with you.  I do spend
time with family and friends that don't live on farms, and those visits are
every bit as good, but for some reason, life on the farm offers a certain amount
of intrigue and curiosity that always leads me to pull out my camera.
Today, was our annual church picnic, and it was hosted again by
one of our church families.  The family have lived on the
large, sprawling tree farm for many years, and the farm itself has
been in their family for much longer.

We know we are getting closer when we drive over the old, metal bridge.

Today's weather was what everyone wished for.  Upon arrival, one immediately feels welcomed.

A week ago, the son of the owners, got married.  Here is the newly married, radiant couple. 
Certain parts of the weekend celebration, were hosted on this farm.  The bride's colors in the wedding, were purple, lavender, and white.
Hence, every flower bed on the grounds, were planted with coordinating colored flowers.
What a great idea, and what a kind gesture to their new daughter-in-law.

I liked how they used a very old stove, to hold some brilliantly colored flowers.
The purple Clematis, was overflowing with blooms.

Purple and white colors were everywhere.

Including purple sugar on the pretzel sticks, on the food table.
We held our church service right by the old farm porch, and some sat on the wooden
log benches that the owner built.  Another brilliant idea!
Here the song "Amazing Grace", filled the morning air.  What a perfect location
to gather for worship, in the midst of God's beautiful creation.

The hostess has a magical touch when it comes to growing white hydrangeas.  When I stood by
the old stone wall taking this picture, I didn't want to move.  The silence of the hills, the blue
sky, and the abundance of pure white blooms, was breathtaking!

The owner built this small, quaint building to use as his office, and the headquarters for
the Christmas tree business.  Using all old wood, it looks like it has been there for years.

He also built this frame and wire structure to house the blueberry bushes.  They are
fifteen years old, and continually produce many boxes of blueberries.  The wire allows
the bees to enter and pollinate the flowers, and keeps the birds out.

 Apple, pear, walnut, and peach trees grew in abundance. 

There were beds of strawberries...

...and carrots.


Fresh ripe, sweet watermelon.

A pretty tray of freshly baked donuts.

Along with freshly squeezed lemonade, iced tea, and good old spring water, offered thirst
quenching refreshment.

But best of all, the company of friends who gathered together, to sit and visit with each other.

All this, on the grounds of a lovely tree farm in the country.

Thanks for stopping by this evening.  I hope you enjoyed another farm visit with me.


Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

And, I did so enjoy another visit with you. What a beautiful place and the perfect atmosphere for worship. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful day!

Kathleen said...

I'm so glad I dropped by for a visit this evening. I love the new rose header; and I couldn't have picked a better collection of beauty to ponder. I'm a "picnic girl" at heart, so to combine all the elements of a church picnic/farm visit into one gathering suits me just fine.

By the way, that bridge looks exactly like the one in the movie, "Secondhand Lions". Lovely.

My life is settling down a bit now that we've settled into our new home. The closets are still giving me fits, but I'll eventually conquer them, too.

A blessed & sweet evening to you, my friend. said...

This was a beautiful visit Judy, and the christmas tree farm is a dream. Thank you for sharing... you have the most beautiful scenery where you live. In the summer heat of Texas, it gets my full attention. :)

Judy said...

What a beautiful place to have a church picnic...and church service! I love the hydrangeas...and the cute office. Thanks for taking us along on your farm visit today!

lindsey said...

My goodness what a perfect setting to worship God and to fellowship with family and friends!
That farm and the beautiful gardens are just perfect for a wedding, that sweet couple do look radient

corners of my life said...

You photos tell a beautiful story of a perfect location to gather for worship.

Art and Sand said...

B E A U T I F U L !!!

The photo with the hydrangeas in the foreground and the clouds in the background is awe inspiring. The clouds look like a painted background.

Christine said...

Is there really a place THAT beautiful? I want to run around (actually, walk in my case) all those trees and just breath all that fresh air.

Audrey said...

I did enjoy the visit ... felt like I was there. Thanks.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures


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