Wednesday, July 30, 2008

SUNFLOWERS... SUNFLOWERS... & SUNFLOWERS...


IN A FEW short weeks the radiant blooms opened, filled the rolling Connecticut fields with light and joy, and then passed.

With a fully packed picnic basket, my girlfriend Jodie, her daughter Brianna and I drove to Buttonwood Farm located in a rural town of Griswold for another "must-see" Saturday fun.

A scenic hayride brought us through the heart of the farm and right into the middle of the sunflower fields...


We saw cows...


The pretty girl with the parasol stopped to smell the flowers...


An old stone wall and a clear white sky framing a sea of golden heads rocking gently in the breeze...


Buttonwood is one of the last surviving family farms in the area...


The sunflowers started as a marketing gimmick in the summer of 2003 to lure people to Mr. Button's (the owner) ice cream stand...


"Sunflowers for Wishes" for $5.00 a bunch helps make wishes come true for Connecticut children with life-threatening medical condition...such a great cause!


A quick dip at a nearby pond...


Another fun-filled summer day until it's time for us to go home...


See more photos HERE...

12 comments:

Debbie in CA : ) said...

What a great place! I love seeing somebody hatch an idea on a lark and then DO IT! It always produces the most joyful things. My list of places that make me smile just grew by one big smile. : )

Your pics are beautiful. You have the eye, girlfriend.

Bucolic beauty. I just love coming to your cozy corner of the blog. I'm off to flickr now. ~~Bye Bye~~

Chris said...

What a wonderful place Buttonwood Farm is! I hope that the Sunflowers and Ice Cream will allow it to stay in the family! We are seeing a tremendous loss of family farms all over the country.

I am so glad you had the chance to take some R&R is such a beautiful place. Photos are great! As Debbie has already said & I agree: "You have the eye, girlfriend"!

Joy said...

The name of the farm is so charming. The photos are tremendous. Love sunflowers!

Meg said...

I will have to catch that next year! It looks awesome!

CIELO said...

Ahhh, sunfloweres and ice cream--make it butter pecan and life is even better! :) Beautiful tour, Connie! Beautiful place!

Hugs

cielo

Brenda Kula said...

Oh Connie, did you take that first photo of the sunflower field? It is phenomenal! I would love to have that if you have it on your computer. Better yet, it would be a wonderful scene for Alex to have and paint, as she has opened her Etsy shop. And I would buy it from her! Let me know!
Brenda

ALI said...

darn it! every year i mean to go and every year i miss it! glad you got to enjoy it though!

FancyHorse said...

Stunning! I love sunflowers, thank you for these pictures, just wonderful!

Debbie said...

What a lovely day and you captured it so beautifully!

Beverly said...

What a beautiful place. I can't imagine how wonderful it must be to see fields of sunflowers. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said...

What a perfect day! Do sunflowers have a scent? If so, I could almost smell it!! Thanks for sharing.
Stephanie

Alex said...

Oh, how awesome!! Your pictures are great. I went and checked out the ones on your flickr. May I have your permission to paint the picture of the single sunflower on the tree stump?

**hugs**

How's Joe?