Hello all– Wonder if you’ve been off vacationing yet this summer. –??? We’re just back from our week away– spent a warm & welcoming time with our Laurel & John at their new house near Madison. (warning– SO many photos here! –couldn’t help myself.)
Our first evening we joined a few thousand others on the State Capitol lawn for a pizza picnic to the music of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. They played a Spanish favorite– Concierto de Aranjuez!! Magical!
One morning we traversed 3 lakes (including raising the boat in a lock) to arrive at the University of Madison Terrace on the lake. We lunched on brats and fresh corn along the lake and finished off with the memorable ice cream from the school’s dairy department!
Saturday morning found us at the Farmers Market collecting bagfulls of fresh produce to cook up over the weekend.
John’s intrepid red jeep ferried us out across the countryside to the Crane Institute– a study center for cranes from all over the world. Then we stopped off along the Wisconsin River for a picnic (until it started raining!).
Laurel & John made sure we ate well! Succulent steaks on the grill with Laurel’s beautiful salads– next night, a big grilled paella to eat out under the oak trees with friends.
The highlight of the trip was getting to see John & Laurel’s new house!! While they were at work, Larry & I did a little wall paper stripping, spakeling and instaling of bookcases in the study). It’s such a cozy place!
We took a few evening walks to enjoy the fireflies and everything so green and bountiful in the Wisconsin summer.
Thankful thankful for the days out and about, for the quiet conversations over dinner, for the joy of seeing you settle into your new home John & Laurel, We love time with you!! (See you in Sequoia in a couple weeks!!)