Friday, July 1, 2011

Just another day in paradise…


What do you get when take a sunny, dry, breezy summer day with temps in the 70’s, and two friends take a road trip and they end up here…


…at the Cat’s Cradle, 265 Hadley St {rte 47}, South Hadley, MA 01075



..and walking around back they see sights like this…









and they are treated like this….353


..with a delightful lunch of broccolini slaw with poppy seed dressing…236

a hearty bread…237

pasta salad…238

rosemary roasted chicken…239

fresh fruit…241

and a fresh berry shortcake! 374

while sitting in the shade under a delightful grape arbor…


…at a table set with an old quilt and special dishes and family pieces…



…and then the hosts break out their special stash of an old family recipe….372

…of limoncello – but not just any limoncello - and it was creamy limoncello!  Why it was as if we were transported to a villa in Italy! 

Audrey and I had the pleasure of visiting with Sandi and Wayne at their shop and home


and I had the pleasure of taking photos of their gorgeous gardens for a future issue of APP magazine.

Thank you Sandi and Wayne for making the day so special with the delicious lunch, your gorgeous gardens, the wonderful game boards you sent home with us and for making it

 just another day in paradise!


You can find the Cat’s Cradle on Facebook ~HERE~!


Looking for more prim inspiration? There is a whole gallery of primitive homes on the APP website and you can view them by clicking ~here~.

And  check back soon as Dan posts pics from a photo shoot he was doing many states away at the same time we were in paradise!

And then soon after that, Kristine will unveil a peek at the cover of the fall issue and some peeks inside and all kinds of big news! APP is just a happening place this July!



Happy Canada Day to all our friends to the north!


And Happy Independence Day weekend to everyone blessed to call the USA home!

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What It Means to Be an American!

To believe in the promise of a better tomorrow,and stand united in our efforts to give a peaceful nation to our children.
To honor each other's differences
and cherish the richness of our history,
even as it continues to unfold
from sea to shining sea.

To love deeply our friends and family, day by day,and never take for granted
the privilege of calling ourselves American.

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“America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good
with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.”

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May all that America stands for
touch your heart in a special way
this 4th of July.

Prim blessings, Linda


Anonymous said...

Sandi & Wayne are awesome, so glad you guys had a wonderful visit! Can't wait to see the pics in APP ~

Lynn @ Painting Thyme Needfuls said...

Just simply beautiful!

Janice said...

Happy Fourth! That looks like an amazing day!! What an amazing shop and some fantastic food!! Wish I was there!! Lucky you! =)

winterberryprimitives said...

loved seeing The Cats Cradle.....looks like a wonderful place! Love the luncheon pics ..everything looked Delicious..

ohhh cant wait for the surprises in the new fall issue...
APP Rocks and just keeps getting better <3

TheCrankyCrow said...

.....You really get paid for doing this??!!! (Just kidding - I know there's more to it than what we see...but my HECK!!! that's some kind of fun!!!) Have a blessed and wonderful holiday! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Lana said...

Looks like you had a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing it! :)

~Sara said...

Thanks for the wonderful photos. Sounds like the perfect kind of day!! Have a blessed weekend!!

Y1M said...

What an awesome time I'm sure you both had. What wonderful grounds and, their shop and home is amazing too.

Happy Independence Day and Happy Canada Day to everyone as well.


bettyj said...

That lunch looks luscious! As does the setting. Loved it.

earlene said...

You have the best job in the world!
What fun! All the picture are wonderful but I especially love her garden signs.
Have a great weekend.

sandi said...

we were so happy to share our little "paradise with you. We have always loved seeing other people's homes and gardens and were thrilled and honored to now see ours! Thanks for just an incredible day! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Thistle House Primitives said...

Great visit. Thanks for taking us along with you via blogland! Look forward to seeing more of their garden in an upcoming issue!

sandi said...

We had such a good time with you ladies! I love looking at everyone else's homes and gardens and it is a thrill {and an honor!} to see ours. Thanks so much for a memorable summer day here in our little "paradise"...have a fabulous holiday weekend!~Sandi

NMK said...

It was so much Fun to see Sandi & Wayne's neat shop & beautiful gardens !!!!! They are such nice people...looks like you had a Wonderful visit !!!!
Happy 4th of July !!!!!!

Debra said...

I live in Bordentown, NJ which is a quaint little town just under one square mile small. Even though we celebrated our 325th anniversary a few years ago, we don't have any prim shops in or even near us. I drool when I look at all your pictures and am anxiously waiting for my APP subscription to arrive. Keep up the good work.

Trace4J said...

What a wonderful day and lunch!
Happy 4th of July!
Hugs Granny Trace

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