Jenny La Fleur
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last hurrah at Hill & Dale Farm

My weekend at the farm was wonderful an absolutely perfect last hurrah to our time at Hill & Dale Farm. It couldn’t have been more fabulous and fun, despite the rain! All my pictures (supplemented by a few from Loren!) can be found here.

I arrived just after lunch on Friday, having had a lovely des-compressing ride up with all the windows down (it was a lovely warm spring day). In between helping bauhausfrau set the table and prep for the next day's tea, I worked on my Ice Cream Jacket, getting the peplum stitched on, the hooks and eyes sewn and the trim frayed, gathered and pinned before bedtime. Go me!

madamekat arrived a few hours after I did and we all talked and laughed steadily throughout the day - it was such fun! We had a supper yummy dinner of grilled chicken, salad, strawberries and French onion bread pudding out on the deck. It was just what I needed - a low-key day with charming companions thanks ladies!

I wish I could say Saturday dawned bright and cheery but actually it went from lovely spring sunshine to gloomy clouds and spitting rain overnight. Blah. Still the view I woke up to in the turret-room was very pretty, misty and windy.

We spent the morning prepping the dungeon, the food and ourselves for tea at 4pm. We managed to get everything done, dress ourselves in a fairly leisurely manner and have time to spare as other guests began to arrive. At 4pm we were still waiting for a few guests to arrive so we decided to take advantage of a bit of sunshine and went outside to take pictures. Yay - the last dress-up pictures at the farm!

The tea was wonderful... the spread was huge and oh-so tasty. My macarons were a hit - yay! I have to admit I didn't drink much tea, mostly sticking to champagne. :> For the next four hours we nibbled and sipped and talked and giggled and laughed. We played parlor games, had fun with the favors Loren gave us, made silly toasts and plotted about Costume College.

We even managed to pop outside again in a light rain for a few more pictures (now that everyone had arrived).

Then we went in the craft room to go through the giveaway stuff and look at Loren's dolls. With our shoes off and our hair down we ended up back in the dungeon for more sipping, nibbling and toasting. We invented our own cocktail (The Jampange, made with girliegirl32786's homemade strawberry jam and champagne) and much hilarity ensued from the dramatic readings from "The Lady's Guide to Gentility", helped no doubt by all the Jampange. You had to be there.

The next morning madamekat left us for a other event, while everyone but Aubry, Nate and myself donned their stays once again to go to Fort Fred. I decided in the end not to go and made my way home, enjoying the relaxing car ride home and another warm, sunny spring day. I met Dad on my way into town, ran some errands with him, got home and crashed. I had great intentions of getting lots accomplished once home but I guess what I really needed was some down time and have part of my Sunday be a day of rest.

I spent the evening sucked into the Poldark videos I picked up at the giveaway, moving only to change out the tapes. I stayed up too late, falling asleep downstairs but it was kinda fun. Today's to-do list sucks now but it was worth it, the whole weekend was worth it.

Oh my Jacket! I couldn't possibly be any more pleased with it. It just fit, which is good since I will lose more weight before CosCol. It should be perfect by then! The trim totally made it... it does need a new petticoat though. I like it with the pink, but it needed a different hat with that petticoat. You know I think I'll just have to make a hat for it, then I'll have two ways to style the outfit! Darn, I’ll hate that. :P

Ah, enough fun my to-do list calls... back to real life. Moo.

more pics:
bauhausfrau -

padawansguide -

madamekat -
isabelladangelo -
girliegirl32786 -

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isabelladangelo From: isabelladangelo Date: April 26th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC) (link)
I'm so sorry you couldn't join us at Fort Fred. You were missed!

I love the pictures you got! I think I have to steal the one of me on the floor with the glass in my lap. ;-)

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 27th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! I'm glad you guys had a good time and had such lovely weather after all! :>

Thanks! If you want hi-rez of anything just let me know and I'll email them...
ghost_ofa_rose From: ghost_ofa_rose Date: April 26th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC) (link)
Everyone looks so beautiful! Thanks for sharing these pics.
I love your jacket!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 27th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you!
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: April 26th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC) (link)
It was so much fun! I'm so glad you could come up early. And thanks again for the uber-nommy macaroons.

That "pensive" photo of you to me looks like you're thinking "I wish someone would refill my Jampagne!"
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 27th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much for having me - I enjoyed coming early! You are most welcome ro the macarons, I'm glad you liked them.

LOL! I think you are right!
chloeandrudy From: chloeandrudy Date: April 26th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC) (link)
Your jacket came out beautiful, the trim really works. But MAN! I am coveting that pink petticoat!! I'm going to have pink on the brain. I'm supposed to be working on a black and white Edwardian. Thank you very much.
French onion bread pudding? That sounds delish. Homemade? Anyone have a recipe? I know how to make sweet bread pudding so am at a loss what would be in it.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 27th, 2010 11:48 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! The petticoat was from my Pimpernel dress that never happened, it was fun to wear it again!

Loren made it so she would have the recipe but my understanding was it was bread (crusts from the tea sandwiches I think), Gruyere cheese, onions, milk and eggs.
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: April 26th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC) (link)
I love, love, love your jacket! Where did you ever find such a wonderful color? :)

You're right--it's the trim that totally makes it. And the pink petticoat!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 27th, 2010 11:50 am (UTC) (link)
*hee* Thanks! It is an amazing color isn't it? I didn't notice until I was ripping strips for the peplem and trim that is was shot - no wonder I love it so! :P

What until you see it for CosCol... :>
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jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 27th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC) (link)
I don't but it's super easy! Rip the fabric into strips, fray out the edges (I frayed the edges on this almost ½"). Run two gathering stitches down the center of the fabric and gather it to the desired fullness. I tacked it on the jacket by hand, but you can use the machine. I covered the gathering stitches with velvet ribbon.
vanityfairy From: vanityfairy Date: April 27th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Your jacket is so yummy, and I LOVE it with the pink skirt - such an unexpected scumptious colour-combo!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: April 28th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC) (link)
You looked so fabulous! That jacket is so perfect for you. I'm so glad we got to have a visit, even if it was short. :)
isiswardrobe From: isiswardrobe Date: April 28th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC) (link)
Seems like you had a breat time! Lovely pictures!
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