Some of our oldest and dearest friends hoped we could get together, as their grown daughters and ours had been good friends growing up and had seldom seen one another since our youngest daughter's wedding 15 years ago. We thought we could manage it if:
1) All of the girls were free on a Saturday during the visit:
2) They were willing to meet us somewhere in between, preferably a place where the kids could run and play while the adults visited.
In addition, my daughter hoped we could find an ice cream place serving locally or New-England made ice cream. So, after a few phone calls (to check on availability of the people) and a bit of time online (to research possible locations), it all worked out.
We settled on Beech Hill Farm and Ice Cream Barn and were so glad we made that choice! Not only was it a pretty place with great ice cream, it is a real working farm with animals to see, a nice walking trail and a giant sandbox which was a real hit with the kids. There's also a very nice garden center with plants and gardening accessories -- some quite unique -- for sale. I'm just going to share a few quick photos I snapped and add captions. Sorry I didn't get pictures of the ice cream, but it was delicious!
|A weathered red shed with flowers|
|I just liked the look of this barn, particularly the multi-paned window above the doors|
|The giant sandbox, with 8 of our grandkids (and one son-in-law) in the picture|
|Some of the garden accessories -- these decorative, apparently laser-cut spades were so pretty|
|More art, with some plants|
|These garden accessories, made with found bits and pieces, were so interesting. The one at left is topped with a teapot, the one at right is a birdbath made with glass pieces.|