Arrival in the peaceful Utah valley on a hot August afternoon.
The drive from the city through mountainous scenery was slightly hampered by smoke
from wildfires burning on the ridges. The fires continued during our stay, somewhat
obliterating the beautiful mountains in the distance, however by our last day the air
was better - you will get to see the clearer landscape in posts to come.
The carriage house, our fabulous home away from home.
Welcomed by our friends with warm hugs and chilled champagne here in the
sitting room, we immediately fell head over heels in love with this stunningly
beautiful farm. Yes, this exquisite home is a farm. . . . . . . and, for me, a
piece of paradise.
As the sun lowered over the distant mountains, the beautiful colors of the
Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) style house, and out buildings,
positively glowed in the light.
Other residents of this beautiful farm also came to welcome us. . . . . .
. . . . . . and in fact often showed up at an entryway looking for treats I think!
Looking across to the pond where this year's enormous gaggle of Canada geese
visit daily. Can you blame them?
This magnificent sunset welcomed us to our first evening in Utah and, most
importantly, to the fabulous home of a very special lady - and her most
charming farmer, Mr. G - sweet Gina of the blog Art & Alfalfa.
I know some of you follow Gina and how all of you, like me, have been blown
away over the years by the photos and stories she has shared from her home
in the alfalfa field.
Going to meet Gina and Mr. G has been a trip we've tried to do for a few
years - this year it came true. It was certainly worth waiting for.
I have a lot to share with you, and thank Gina for giving me permission to share
some photos I took of her home. I know you will enjoy seeing this piece of paradise
in a quiet Utah valley.
Clyde and Lola - the resident white geese - basking in the warm
light of sunset at the pond.
I have so much to share with you from the days on the farm.
The warm welcome and ongoing caring attention of Gina and Mr. G were
just unbelievable. From the moment of arrival I knew it was going to
be very hard to leave. . . . . . . it was, and every day was fun and full of
Gina's flowers from the garden - we all know about her 'green thumb' and love to
see the colorful floral bouquets she gathers here on her blog Art & Alfalfa.
Mr. G. gave me a great tip - add a spray of dill to the vase, it will keep the
Come back later to read more about our very special visit.