Today I had to take a drive just past Chelmsford to pick up some hay for my rabbits and guinea pig — excellent stuff and a fraction of the price of a bag of hay from the pet store. Plus my animals like it better than the store bought stuff.
It’s a gorgeous day (23c!) and unlike a few days ago where the temperature dipped just past 0. It’s almost too hot today - maybe that’s just crazy talk. Anyway, here are a few photos from my short road trip today, including the sign to the farm I bought the hay — they also raise chickens and turkeys for meat, keep a couple goats for milk and grow meadow grass for horses, rabbits and other grass-eating creatures.
I hadn’t made chicken and dumplings for a while and decided that since winter was slowly withering away, it was a good day to make it. So using a few different recipes that I’ve tried previously, I mostly made this batch by memory. But I did follow a recipe for the dumplings and was really happy how they turned out since another recipe hadn’t worked out very well; they took a long time to rise in the broth.
I used this recipe for the dumplings along with fresh chopped parsley which I highly recommend. They were very fluffy and savory. I was happy that I finally got to use the vintage Le Creuset dutch oven I inherited from a couple elderly friends who downsized for their recent move.
I love this sweater - i would have never have guessed it was made in 1927 - it could be made today and be a contemporary design. Now I know where Betsey Johnson gets her inspiration (I think). Absolutely adorable and quirky.
Ever since I started helping an elderly neighbour friends of mine pare down, bring items to be sold at an antique store, donate as well as give me many vintage items, I am compelled to go to thrift stores again for awesome stuff.
Yesterday I had to bring a big kitchen table (way too big for any space we have) which also doesn’t fit into our ‘decor’. I brought the table to the Salvation Army in Sudbury and decided to pop in to have a look around and check out their stuff. The store needs a bit of work - it’s a dowdy and kind of depressing but maybe that’s better for us vintage seekers and keeps a lot of people away…?
Anyway, they are currently having a shoe sale for $2.00 each and I found a pair of men’s Town Shoes in 10.5 - my boyfriend’s exact size. They were barely worn and probably only indoors and are all leather, including the soles and made in the USA, likely from the 60s or 70s. They’re gorgeous and for less than a Starbuck’s coffee…wow. I also picked up a small wool (maybe boiled wool? no tag) almost new vintage blanket - seen under the shoes) which will be used as a dog blanket - our dogs seem to really like wool.