"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ooh La La

I"ll soon be off to Paris for a ten day trip. I have been before and saw all of the touristy things, but this time, I will be on a quest to see the things only the locals know about - stores, restaurants, cafes, interiors, art and architecture. The Foire Nationale a la Brocante et Aux Jambones, or the Ham Fair, is a twice annual antiques fair, and I'll be there digging for old textiles, calligraphy/letters, prints and art and anything animal related. I am also going to look for American antiques as they are very desirable back here. I know lots of American Indian stuff went to Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. Who knows what fate will bring my way. I am spoiled by American prices though (prices in London and Paris are more than double the cost back here) so I doubt I'll make any large purchases. Plus, I don't need one more thing. For four of those days, Toma Haines, aka the Antiques Diva, will be leading the way. Toma has lived in Europe for the past decade and resided for several years in Paris. She knows dealers, stores, etc. and I can't wait to follow her around Paris. Look on my sidebar and click on her site to find out more about the Diva. We'll be dining at the Michelin starred Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. We'll be shopping at the original Chanel store, but it doesn't seem very likely that we'll be able to tour Coco's apartment upstairs as that is the hardest ticket to come by in Paris. I won't be buying anything Chanel though, as my chickens wouldn't appreciate how chic I'd look. We will also attend a cooking class from the chef at the Ritz Hotel.
Now, if you've been to Paris before or know of some fabulous places or restaurants, please let me know! Soon! If I can figure out how to post pictures from my camera to my ipad, I'll share some of them with you. Otherwise, see you later mes amis...

Sunday, February 20, 2011


I've been watching a new show on the Science Channel that is absolutely hilarious. Now, I don't suffer fools gladly nor do I like slapstick humor or heehaw humor, i.e., I don't usually laugh at the same things most people do. But, after watching AN IDIOT ABROAD for the last few episodes, I have found myself laughing so loudly, my weenies come jump in my lap to see what's wrong with me. Ricky Gervais sends his friend, Karl Pilkington, around the world to see the seven wonders and the journey... well, you'll just have to watch.

Monday, February 14, 2011


After the record breaking cold and snow of last week, it is 70 degrees today. I am walking around with a smile on my face, certain that spring has come. Hiding in the back of my greenhouse, I found that my naval oranges were ripe, (really almost too ripe). Nonetheless, I juiced them and drank the sweetest orange elixir I have ever tasted. Oh, and you can get precious doggie and kitty juice glasses at ANTHROPOLOGIE. And, did I say that I'm smiling? Life is sweet.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Colder Than A Witch's Tit

Oh! How I do hate winter. Temperatures below zero, blizzards, ice and snow and more snow... It is the work of a demon methinks. Does anyone have a shack on a warm beach someplace, where I can wait out the rest of winter? We have to winter somewhere warm from now on. I just can't stand it. If you watch House Hunters International, it would only cost a mere half-million or so. Maybe, they would let me cook for room and board. Or, I could paint (oils not houses).

Here's Hosannah, the neighbor's horse. They don't shelter her, nor feed her, so I am feeding her through the winter once again. She had icicles on her the other day.

Buzzy, the kitten, and I are reduced to watching the birds feeding. After being housebound for the week, I drove my 4 x 4 truck to town for horse feed and birdseed? My priorities are not the same as most folks.

At least all the creatures around my Peaceable Hill Farm are well cared for. I fully expect the raccoons to come knocking any minute.