Horse and mule power…Amish Country Pennsylvania. If I had been staying on the farm for two weeks as planned I would have filled a couple of sketch books.
Instead what I have done to wrap up this VIRTUAL week is a Montage which I think would work well for a children’s book illustration…hint hint to Jarrod who has written a couple of lovely children’s books….I think a children’s book. about life on the farm and living along side The Amish would be lovely……
I sketched this rapidly with my water soluble Tombow pen and then added watercolour washes. Sheila the dog likes to mother all the other animals and so it’s only right that she should be front and centre.
I am enjoying VIRTUAL travel. It’s gentle and quiet and free from stress. It allows me to think and focus and although I am not physically with Jarrod and Kendle – I am with them in spirit.
Jarrod took this lovely photograph yesterday of a young cardinal in the hay barn…..Here are more timeless images showing horse, mule and man power on the farm.
Jarrod baling with the Amish.
Bringing in the hay…..Man and beast take a rest after a long days work.
…..Once again the little magical hummingbird flew into the house this morning….a very good sign indeed. She will join us for a big breakfast….
With so much hard work on the farm good hearty food is necessary. For breakfast we enjoy more fresh farm eggs and English sausage rolls straight from the oven.
Plus a PUDDING PRESENT from the Amish, given to Kendle for driving one of the women to a school meeting yesterday. It is a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Scrapple cake.
The stable yard and farm are now wide awake.The Amish laundry is hanging out to dry….Visitors have arrived across the road…..Kendle takes a gentle ride on Baby, one of her favourite horses before helping with the hay harvest.
Along with showing and dressage Kendle also teaches at the farm. Here are just a few of her rosettes….
It’s now time to think about the evening festivities for everyone involved during this week, including those from my workshops who have been filling their sketch books.
Jarrod will be cooking for us this evening…..
He is preparing chicken cooked in a white wine reduction sauce, diced tomatoes, spinach, portabella mushrooms, with melted cheese and Jamine rice.
Although He suggests a nice rose to go with it, Jarrod will be having his Captain Morgan Spiced Rum with cream soda.….which might be worth trying..
And now the recipe for Sangaritas….and a couple of other exotic cocktails……..
Blend one pound of strawberries with a splash of lime until smooth.
Pour strawberry puree and lime juice, plus one cup of tequila, a quarter cup of triple sec into a large pitcher. Stir and pour into the mix one bottle of rose wine.
Add a quarter cup agave nectar…….
Optional) Margarita salt around the rim of glasses making sure that there is no salt inside the rim.
and then ENJOY…:)
What a way to finish the day and week.
Thank you Kendle and Jarrod for hosting a fantastic week and here’s to many more fun times with you on the Farm.
[I will be asking those who have been sketching with me on this trip if they are happy for me to post a special blog on Monday showing their work….watch this space}