Spring Chickens visit the Chicken Lady
Our long time friends Sue Branch and Joe Hall helped make one of my decades long dreams come true. I got to visit the cemetery on Martha’s Vineyard that includes the grave site of Nancy Luce, aka The Chicken Lady, who died in 1890.
Nancy was disdained by all (except her beloved chickens) and led a lonely life on Martha’s Vineyard, but she is now visited and honored by many.
Distant view of Nancy Luce's grave.
Look at how bare this ancient graveyard is, but in the distance you can see the glimmer of Nancy’s burial spot, which overflows with chickens left by visitors. It so touched my heart I cried. Imagine, friendless while on the planet, but loved now.
Sue is trying to master her new digital camera. I was clueless about it.
Now she is never alone.
Joe and Sue are the best. They spoiled us, and we didn’t refuse any of their attentions. We laughed a lot, talked non-stop, ate too much, and were shocked by how quickly the hours flew past.
Candid shot of the adorable Joe in the kitchen as dinner was prepared.
I opted for dinner in the bay window of the living room. I loved the way the lace panels luffed in the breezes.
I gave a talk based on my book Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars sponsored by Eight Cousin Bookstore at Highfield Hall in Falmouth, Massachusetts. I was thrilled to have some blogging friends and their gorgeous daughters attend. Debra Jean Bosworth of Dandelion House and Marcia Simonds from Child in Harmony are my on-line, and now off-line, girlfriends. It is amazing to me how we forge bonds with people and feel as though we’ve known them forever.
More spring chickens.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit Highfield Hall-DO IT. They saved and restored a national treasure for all to enjoy. Right now they’re having a wonderful exhibit of paintings focused on the garden.
Highfield Hall as it looked originally. The interiors are stunning. This is a great place to have a wedding ceremony.
All joys to you,