At The Crack of Dawn
We don’t drive around just gawking at our landscape as much as we should. There just doesn’t seem to ever be enough time. I am so glad a few weekends ago that we got up at the crack of dawn and took a car ride around our beautiful county…and kind of a little beyond…
We found places that were so special and had never seen before…yet only a few miles away from our house!!
We went to Bromley Farm, in New Hope Pa, first. I took so many reference photos. I was smitten with the Rooster. He was so pretty that I needed to paint him!! I dug into my pastel box and was so happy that he was basically jewel tones!! So much fun to paint!
“At the Crack of Dawn”
8 x 8
I named this painting “At the Crack of Dawn”. I wasn’t sure what to name this guy, so I threw the question out to family and friends. My daughter’s best friend suggested “At the Crack of Dawn”. How fitting!! I love this name because, well first of all, Roosters are up at the crack of dawn. Secondly, I am a morning person. My husband is NOT! Going out and about very early in the morning is not his thing! This particular weekend I asked, a few days ahead of time, if he would be willing to get up with the sun so we could go around and take some reference photos while the sunlight was at its best (early morning light). I am glad we did! We had such a great time, saw so much, and still got home by 1 o’clock! I love to get up so early, do so much while I feel the most energized, and still had the rest of the day to enjoy. The best!!!
This is the barn for the animals!! The sheep, chickens and ducks are living in high style!!
Across the street from the barn is the main farmhouse. It is up for sale. Boy could I live here!! Only 3 million dollars…my husband jokes that it’s only a check. If only it were that easy…sigh.
I wonder, do the smiling sheep with the sweet brass bells come with the house??
This farm is one of the most painted farms in Bucks County. I now know why. It is the most charming I have ever seen.
We then went on to another farm…a nursery. Sort of. Paxson Hill Farm blew my mind! I have lived in Bucks County my whole long life and have never been to Paxson Hill Farm. I must have been living under a rock. This nursery/farm sells rare flowers/plants in addition to the usual ones found in our area.
But what was really special about this place is the gardens!! Acres and acres of gardens and ponds. Each more beautiful than the next!! I have never been more impressed with a landscape. And….it was FREE!!!!
Every time we thought we saw it all, we turned a corner and it just kept going on and on!!
Every year 60 artists come to the gardens and show their work. Where have I been? Heaven knows, but I certainly have been missing out. I am marking my calendar for next year!