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The perfect Sunday starts with a maple doughnut from the country doughnut cart, hot coffee, and a quiet spot to enjoy it all with my guys.

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We spent our Independence Day in Shaftsbury, VT with family; swimming, hiking, collecting wildflowers, and stopping for ice cream on the way home. Lovely.

I hope you all had a joyful and relaxing 4th!

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This past weekend we celebrated the wedding of Julia & Jon. It was a weekend filled with love, joy, excitement, and community, and I’m still smiling from it all. I decided to post about the weekend in parts because one post just isn’t enough. The first part includes photos from my stay at Julia’s parents’ home where I stayed Thursday night to help them prepare for the wedding.

Julia grew up just down the road from me in our hometown, and I’ve always loved their home. I always feel so welcomed and at ease there with her family. It was so nice to be there to help out with wedding preparation, catch up with everyone, and enjoy the family dinner and foggy morning light.

Part 2 coming soon!

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We drive a lot. Maybe it’s because we hadn’t had a car for years before we moved to the country, but we love to hop in the car and go for long drives every couple of days. We love the mountain views, curving country roads, and rural architecture. I’ve started “collecting” covered bridges, too. I just love them.

Chiselville and Arlington Green bridges, Bennington County, Vermont.

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Chicks in the tub, roasted potatoes and a clean house, the coop all set up, playing finger puppets outside and a big salad, 7 o’clock light at home.

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A diner breakfast, the best donut ever (currant rhubarb jelly with espresso glaze) from King Bakery donut cart, farmer’s market flowers, my loves, walking around town, Chinese fortune matched from the Cambridge thrift store.

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His first solid food, playing outside, squishing his toes in the moss.

I had a wonderful first mother’s day: fresh homemade donuts from the King Bakery donut cart in Cambridge, antique shopping, and a country drive that led us to the Rexleigh covered bridge and a barn sale on Rt 22.

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A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of making a short trip to Stuart’s hometown for his great grandmother’s 84th birthday. It was a lovely little trip and it’s always nice to reconnect with family. We stayed in Stuart’s parents’ guest room, and I just fell in love with the handmade quilt on our bed. It was made by another one of Stuart’s relatives who has since passed away. The way the light came in the window and the beautiful pattern of the quilt were just so striking and beautiful to me I had to take a few photos.

Today we went to the annual poultry swap at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds. I have been excited about this for weeks. This was where we were going to get our baby chicks. We brought home four little beauties – Black Australorps around 3 weeks old. They are a hearty, productive breed known for their sweet temperament and beetle-green sheen on their black feathers. We also supported the local 4H with a coffee & muffin purchase, pet some baby goats, saw the dairy princess AND a baby pony, and brought home some local Grade B maple syrup from Hoosick Falls as well as some handmade lavender and vetiver soaps.

Today was a great day.

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Welcome home, chickens!