A friendship gift of an antique pin from Jane Hogue. The pin is resting on peony petals. Karen had a fat bouquet in our room and the scent is dreamy.
Am I dreaming the past few days? They feel like a dream to me. Two great couples, two great farms, fluffy beds, and a field of flashing fireflies–what could be better?
We love our times with our old friends Jack and Jane Hogue of Prairie Pedlar in Odebolt, Iowa. If you're EVER even a state away, you must go visit them. Their gardens, barn, schoolhouse, chicken coop shop, and greenhouses are amazing.
Approaching the Hogue's barn.
Jane hosted a tea and book signing for me, and it was held inside the barn. We had a ball. About 30 people attended, and I gave a short talk; we made hilarious paper hats and ate Jane's famous chocolate chip cookies. It was a wonderful day and we got to spend time with Tyler (he is mentioned in Sunflower Houses and Hollyhock Days) and his adorable wife Cara.
One of the many gardens and outbuildings on the Hogue farm.
An overview of just one of the gardens.
We didn't want to leave Jack and Jane, but we were looking forward to our time on the farm with Karen and Doug Jimerson (Doug is the editor-in-chief of the garden group at Meredith Publishing). Karen wrote my FAVORITE Country Home column "Slow Lane" for many years and now writes it for Country Gardens magazine and Cat Crossing Farm blog. Her tales of life on a farm are heartwarming and personal–100% Karen through and through.
Approaching the Jimerson's Cat Crossing Farm.
Oh, and their gardens here at their 100 year old farmhouse–I'll let the photos tell the story for me.
Archer follows us through the gardens.
The welcoming front porch.
Breakfast with fresh eggs from their "girls." Doug predicted that the long egg would be a double-yolker.
He was right.
When Karen yelled for Yukon, her bay, all the sheep and horses thundered into the yard.
I have always wanted a miniature donkey, and I've been in miniature donkey and animal heaven here. Three minis, Cisco, Riley, and Peso. They are gentle, intelligent, and fun. Now I want them more than ever. I think we'll have to move back to the country.
Peso, what a mug!
Riley and me.
A great water garden. Doug loves the koi.
Archer and Tess enjoying the water garden.
Last night, I climbed into a four poster bed under the eaves. Lights out and stars everywhere, but the stars moved, flashed, dipped, and dived, and I realized that the fireflies are already out!
Love and best wishes to you,