As you may or may not know, Thatch Farm is 100 years old this year. Going there is literally like stepping back in time. Except you have all the modern conveniences, like air conditioning, indoor plumbing, and web access. Every time we visit here I leave inspired. Both of our daughters have this effect on me. Sarah made this beautiful wreath that decorates the front door.
Even Toby has his favorite places to hang out at Thatch Farm. By the way, Toby doesn't know this place as Thatch Farm. He knows it as Camp Johnson for Little Dogs, but that's another story for another blog.
Early Saturday morning, Toby and I woke up before everyone else (because that's what we do every day). After a brief visit outside, we enjoyed some snuggle time in the living room. Sarah's and Malcolm's house has two beautiful working fireplaces. This one is in the living room. Did I mention all the woodwork, windows and fireplaces are original to the house? Amazing! I've enjoyed the warmth from this fireplace many times, but today we were enjoying cool air conditioning. No fire needed, thank you.
Not too much later, Sarah woke up, and we enjoyed coffee and tea on the porch. We were treated to hummingbird wars and visits, numerous species of birds at their early morning activities, squirrels busy searching out the perfect hiding places for their walnuts, and, best of all, a mama deer and her fawn. Sarah got some fabulous pictures of the deer after sneaking back in for her camera. I'm sure she will share those with everybody in the not-so-distant future. The deer are in this picture, but I couldn't zoom in enough to give you a good view (although every view from the porches is fabulous).
Spending time at Thatch Farm is refreshing to the mind and spirit. Now don't be too disappointed when I tell you this: Thatch Farm is a private residence, not a bed and breakfast or fancy inn where anyone can pay and stay. However, Sarah and Malcolm are very gracious hosts and love showing their unique and beautiful home to those who are interested. Warning: it IS a working farm, so if you visit, you might get to take part in a little work. This morning I got to put fresh-made biscuits in the oven for breakfast and watch as Sarah and Malcolm made creamed eggs for us. The breakfast was delightful! As was the company. Oh yes, the homemade preserves were also delightful on those biscuits.
The view out one of the kitchen windows. As you can tell, birding is a serious interest and activity at Thatch Farm. I learn something every time we visit. This morning we were treated to the song of an indigo bunting (which I had never heard) and the song of the rufus-sided towhee (also which I had never heard).
Hope you've enjoyed this mini-visit to Thatch Farm. Now I am refreshed, back home and ready to get a little creative myself. Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend.