Sunday, July 23, 2017

Guests, Billings, Pesto.

7-23-17 VERMONT: We have had weekend visitors, keeping us busy. Conor and Lucy arrived on the bus Thursday from NYC, and Lily and Sam drove here from Madison, WI, arriving Friday, just in time for dinner at Cloudland Farm in Pomfret.

During the day on Friday, Judy, Lucy, Conor and I went to Billings Farm and hiked the Pogue Trail to the lake. It’s an easy 1.4 mile uphill, shaded, moderate to gentle climb on a gravel road. Afterwards we explored Woodstock, had lunch, and visited Billings Farm to see the cows and horses, a cheese-making demo, and a stop at the dairy bar for cones, mine was maple-walnut.

Saturday L and C did the Norwich Farmers Market, shopped with Judy and me at the Coop Food Market, and then we left them at the Norwich Fair for the afternoon.

Lily and Sam were in Hanover for the day. We all had dinner here, Judy made pesto from the basil in the garden—this year the basil is thriving. Last year it did poorly, so I planted extra this year and the veggie bed is awash in it.

Now, Sunday morning they’re all planning getaways.

New blooms: meadow rue [second variety], butterfly weed, A. tuberosa.

Billings Farm, the herd is hard at work in the fields.

The lake at the top of the Pogue Trail.

The trail is a gentle to moderate, 1.4 mile uphill on a wide, well-groomed trail.

Common Wood Nymph in a field near the lake.

Butterfly weed. Asclepias tuberosa by the pond.

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