Na-da, Na-da, Na-da!

Jun 14, 2009 | Uncategorized | 19 comments

Don’t laugh cause no matter how hard we tried we could not take a photo together were we looked “normal” and yes, I know:  Note to self: Burn that dress!


Over the river and through the woods to Na-Da Farm we went! 

 Quelle bonne soirée!!!
The creepy, oh-my-goodness-could-we-have-one-more-thing-in-common girls finally met yesterday!  Hubby and I and chickens were invited out to Na-da Farm for dinner and family fun and I must say, we were not disappointed.
This is the second time I have met a fellow blogger (last year we drove to Michigan for a stay at the (old) Eclectic Culture Farm!) and I must say, as we drove the long drive home in the midnight hour we discussed that we COULD NOT recall the last time we had had so much fun!!!
If your a Na-Da Farm Chick than you can imagine the hospitality of Anne Marie.  What a meal, what a family and what a farm!  I suppose meeting someone off the internet could end up really creepy but from the moment we pulled up and her two lovely daughters and husband greeted us (and some chickens too) I knew things were going to be perfect.
I don’t know about them but we did not feel one moment of “weirdess” and we found her even more amazing than she lets on in that blog that puts us all to shame!  She is graceful and beautiful and Anne Marie I wasn’t joking when I said your skin was gorgeous.  
What a beautiful life she and her husband have carved out in the middle of nowhere!  Aidan and Amélie were in their glory surrounded by children who showed them the ropes of being able to wander free with no fear of traffic, they also showed them the chickens, geese, horses…
At one point an older child ran into the house and exclaimed, “Aidan and Marina just brought the horses in!”  This morning I asked Aidan just how one does “bring a horse in” and he said very matter of factly, “you just hook this thing around their neck and bring them in.”  “And you and Marina (age 5) did that by yourselves??” I asked.  “Yeap” he said with pride!
I have said it before but Aidan is a different little boy on a farm.  My heart skipped many beats of joy last night as I watched him run and run and explore and swing, collect feathers and run some more.  And to be surrounded by all those kids.  The way the interacted was like they were cousins or something!  It was SOOOO SWEET! Amélie loves attention and loved being catered to and cooed over by the girls.  She was a very good little lady and ate her  dinner and held her own running around outside.  She went to sleep and we enjoyed the evening knowing she had had fun.  I was proud of her!  She also enjoyed the company of William, just 3 weeks her senior.  At one point we looked over and they were laying on the floor under the table enjoying the music of the record player up above!  That’s right, we listened to records all night – how cool.
Dinner was out of this world, to be honest Anne Marie, I had never had a crab cake and I don’t think I will sully the memory by eating them again until they are made on your stove.  Those were AMAZING!  And I could have stopped there but we didn’t and neither did the fun.  The evening ended with a caravan of family arriving, cake and birthday songs for a brother turned 40, a couple Irish jigs in the living room and finally we tore ourselves away for the 60 mile ride home.  
Aidan asked if we were coming back tomorrow.
I’ll say this straight to you miss Anne, I do, like I wrote before, “dig you with a shovel”, last night was truly magical (in a gypsy sort of way:) and delightful and I pray that our friendship only grows and grows from here!!!
MERCI BEAUCOUP! and köszönöm!!!

Aidan 8, Aidan 4 and Marina.  Three sweetpeas in a pod!

The peas again.  How adorable are they???

Aidan was delighted, no, beyond delighted to drink his apple juice from a cordial glass!

The kids toasted the evening…

As Anne Marie cut beets!

Check out the menu!

Feeding the horses.

We had to try again but could not keep a straight face.

The girly, girls with the barn foundation in the background.
No photos of the hubbies who hit it off rather well – should have ran out and snapped one during a ping-pong game – darn.  Next time!

19 Comments

  1. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    HOW MUCH FUN WAS THAT!? I enjoyed my visit with NADA Farm TOO! You two look cute together and I’m so glad you all enjoyed each other…what a nice menu she put together! LOVE seeing all the pics! You all look so comfy together!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  2. Bonjour Madame

    This looks like so much fun! Anne Marie looks like a fantastic hostess.

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  3. Kathy's Red Door Welcome

    What a treat to meet Anne Marie! It looks like you had a fabulous time. It’s so fantastic when kindred spirits meet!

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  4. Molly @ Star Cottage

    What a blast. I am so glad you had fun. I am jealous. Reminds me of Anne of Green Gables. You found a bosom friend. I too Love Anne Marrie and wish I lived closer to all you lovely bloggers. But I did get to meet one of my bloggy friends recently and It was awesome. I am so happy to have other women who share the same interests as me even if they are thousands of miles away. Praise God for friends and technology! 😉
    Hope you are feeling better with the pregnancy.
    Blessings, Molly

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  5. Molly @ Star Cottage

    What a blast. I am so glad you had fun. I am jealous. Reminds me of Anne of Green Gables. You found a bosom friend. I too Love Anne Marrie and wish I lived closer to all you lovely bloggers. But I did get to meet one of my bloggy friends recently and It was awesome. I am so happy to have other women who share the same interests as me even if they are thousands of miles away. Praise God for friends and technology! 😉
    Hope you are feeling better with the pregnancy.
    Blessings, Molly

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  6. Farmgirl Cyn

    That is so awesome! It does remind me of last spring when you all were here.
    I love the photos…you two look like you had an awesome time. How fun to make new friends!

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  7. Anne Marie

    Oh dear dear friend!

    I seriously cannot come up with the appropriate words that describes the evening- except –
    comfortable…..lively….and totally jealous of your hair 😉

    the kids DID get along like cousins….and SERIOUSLY: what is up with the “so….what kind of pump does that fountain take anyhow?”

    hilarious

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  8. Tracie~MyPetiteMaison

    Now, that looks like a blast. I love the photo and don’t burn that dress. Actually, I’m at a loss for words as this is such a warm-hearted post. So glad you enjoyed your time – all of you! That little farm boy, Aidan is darling as ever too.

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  9. Life in the 'Burbs

    WOW you had a great time. How fun to get to know your friends from blogland. And that dress is not horrible!! :o) Do you have any plans in July???

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  10. Belle de Ville

    Wow…what adorable children and so well behaved.
    Ah…for years I fantasized about rasing my children on a farm…a bastide to be exact…and that never happened. I’m so glad that I found your blog so that I can know that someone out there is living the life that I was supposed to have.
    “Belle now sighs and contemplates her city life sans potager, ecurie et grand cuisine plein de beaucoup d’enfants”

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  11. vicki archer

    The photos are lovely and you must have had such a fun time and the children – they really do look totally gorgeous, xv.

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  12. à la parisienne

    Angela,
    Oh I wish that I lived somewhere close to all of you interesting women! I would have loved to join your and Anne Marie’s family and chickens!! It looks like Anne Marie had quite a delicious menu!
    If you’re ever in Texas, come on over!! And you both look absolutely beautiful in those pictures. As Tracie said, “Don’t burn the dress!” Hope you are feeling well!

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  13. Thistle Cove Farm

    How wonderful y’all had such a great time and thanks for sharing the photos. You both look fabulous!

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  14. Castles Crowns and Cottages

    Bonjour ma chère! Ça fait longtemps qu’on parle! I am so happy to see you are doing well and you meet Ann Marie! I just got a visit from her! What a fun experience chez elle…you look beautiful as ever. I have exchanged comments with your mom and she is delightful as ever. I hope you continue on your journey of love and joy out in your world et bonsoir ma belle! Que le Seigneur vous bénisse, toi et ta famille! Anita

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  15. Tiedupmemories

    I just came from Ann Marie’s blog! Wow! What an experience for both of you!I love your photos of your get together and thanks for sharing!
    Tracy

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  16. Martha

    It looked like you two had a great time (with family). It is nice to meet your friends . . . although it always seems a bit “wierd” at first — but it’s like you’re not meeting a new friend but getting together with an old one!

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  17. Carole~Maynard Greenhouse

    What a blast reading about your visit with Anne Marie…She’s one of the warmest bloggers out there and is always so inspirational with everything she does. I can see from your blog why you got along so well. Your blog is wonderful and I’m not just saying that. I wish I could write like you. It’s a gift that I will never posess(sp?) I can’t spell either>:???
    Thanks for your amazing stories and making me smile.
    Carole

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