Fred and I finally got away for a Saturday, driving west into the rainy spring afternoon. We did some healthy grocery shopping at Terhune's Orchard and General Store. Fred brought apple cider and apples and I found some parsnips, tomatoes, and greenhouse lettuce, very fresh and farm grown. We sat on the front porch with the cat and drank tea while viewing the newly pruned vineyard. We then toured the art gallery behind the winery, admiring the local artists' work and the beautiful l50 year old barn structure. Our next stop was the Green Expo in Lawrence --in the Armory which also has a interesting Field Artillery Museum. Some of the Army vehicles are housed in the old stables, which date from 1900. Our last stop was for late lunch at La Piazza in Allentown, very relaxing with no interruptions. Can't wait until the next getaway!
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
My artist friend, Liz Ryan bakes Irish Soda Bread every St. Paddy's Day season. I know it is a finely tuned recipe that has progressed over the years and has become the most delicious breakfast bread that I look forward to. Liz also creates beautiful Irish landscape watercolors, inspired by her trips to that country and her love of Irish music and folktales. Yesterday we got together at our favorite sushi place and got lost in talk about the long winter and new ideas. I have always celebrated the holiday and took part in the music, food, partying and stories. I always felt I was a bit Irish on the day, until finding out just recently that I actually do have an Irish ancestor. His name was Gustavus Brooke, a Tragedian, born on April 25, 1818 in Dublin, Ireland.