Monday, May 7, 2012

Good earth + bread = happy hobbit

"He passed fields, which still slanted, as in his boyhood. On the far hills hung the soft blue, remembered mists of abundance and fertility. The country had hardly changed. The grazing cattle inclined as always, their heads to the earth while the church steeples of his people still pointed to Heaven."
--Conrad Richter.


Our excursions through Fleetwood and Oley, PA bring to mind the words above. I find riding on back country roads very calming and restorative. We make a trip once a month. Our first stop will be Echo Hill Country Store.


I wish I could bring everyone with me who loves to cook and bake, especially those who keep a gluten-free diet. This shop is amazing. They have just about every flour known to man. And a huge selection of exotic spices, like African Red Bird pepper. I bought a jar mainly because of the name. It's hot as hades. Not sure what to do with it yet, but I'll figure it out. It's fun making new culinary discoveries.


This is our haul, sure to inspire some serious bake-ish-ness.


Next stop, Glick's Greenhouse and Nursery, new to us, and recommended by a friend (thanks, Toni). I'm so glad we checked it out.


They had acres and acres of plants, flowers and veg. And the place was so quiet and peaceful.

My only disappointment was not being able to photograph all of the gorgeous barn swallows that were wheeling through the air above our heads. They were too swift.


The haul for some serious digging in the good earth


We made a new friend


We enjoyed rustic views


And rusty ones


Happy hobbit.
THE END.

22 comments:

amy said...

you are so darling and those boots are amazing and i want to go there. so when joann and i take that road trip and we have a cup of tea with you, then you can let me borrow the boots and you can take us there. and nancy will come too of course. and i will be a happy hobbit as well.

Alexis said...

Uh, I love your rain boots!
My mom lives on your side (near Alexandria v.a) and there's so much more character. I could spend hours driving, soaking up old barns and "rustic views." Have fun getting your bake on. :)

Jodi said...

Amy, it's a deal. You can wear my boots anytime. xx

Jodi said...

Alexis, read Amy's comment. You should join us. Hop in with JoAnn. Oh yeah - I'm gettin' my bake on. :)

Nancy Franson said...

This post just read peacefully.

And you are hot as hades in those boots!

(Don't be mad at me for saying you're hot on the internet) :)

Deb Colarossi said...

Okay.
1. pang of jealousy because that baking haul would cost a fortune here in Canada.
2. me too scream - I have those boots, that skirt, and I do believe a very similar purse. ha. xoxoo

I want to move down the way from you..........

Jodi said...

Nancy, I don't mind. xD Thank you.

Jodi said...

Deb, Echo Hill is a mennonite store. One of the reasons we shop there is the prices are cheaper than in our own neighborhood. 2. Scream back. Read Nancy's comment. Move down here with your boots and we can be hot together. :) xx

Southern Gal said...

Love the Wellies!

Rachel said...

Let the bread making commence! I also think those wellies are adorable!

Leslie said...

i love your new friend (he has such a noble muzzle.) and i, too, love your polka-dot wellies. (and i think emily has the same purse as you.) happy planting and baking! (and thanks for your love and prayers...)

Beth Stone said...

Sounds like a wonderful day trip to me! And you are just way too cute in those rainboots! :o)

Jodi said...

Les, they do look like polkadots in the photo. They're acutally fleur de lise. The Frenchie I married picked them out. :)

Jodi said...

Thanks, Beth!

Rayanne said...

I love those kind of stores!!!
We have one about 4 hours away...Texas is big. I need to make a trip and blog about it..like you! Much love, Rayanne

Sara said...

You always have the most interesting footwear! I bet that hot as hades pepper would be real good in some homemade chili...just not too much of it.

That store would be fun to explore.

kelly said...

Jodi, thank you so much for your wonderful comments on my photos! They made my day, as did this post of yours...so happy for the Happy Hobbit! :)

Connie Smiley said...

A delightful excursion! Happy planting and baking.

Shrinky said...

Oh girl, one word springs to mind - luscious! We call those boot "Wellies" short for "Wellingtons" over here, and every family member of every household has a set of various kinds by the back porch - well um, with all the rain we get, their kinda' compulsorily.. (wink)

Ostriches Look Funny said...

Of course I am coming to see you, on one side or the next. Of course we will eat bread together...either way :)
Love this. Delightful in every way. Especially in the bootish way.

Amy said...

You're adorable. I have some yellow, green, and pink boots in a similar style I could wear to join you on the adventure:) I wish you could take me too! Since we've had to go dairy and gluten free, cooking and baking have become more challenging.

Beth Glick said...

Your new friends is Cider, he's the greeter at the greenhouse and such a good dog! so glad you enjoyed your visit to our greenhouse and beautiful valley!

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