A year ago today Adam and were frantically loading the remainder of our belongings, pups, and plants into our SUV and trailer in preparation for our two day drive to our new home in Philadelphia. We were leaving Norfolk, Nebraska where we had lived for 18-months; headed off on the next adventure. Even though our time there was short, we made many dear friends and were able to be closer to Adam's family. We had received a small batch of walnut whilst living there that was gorgeous. It was really great to work with, and I started thinking that maybe it would be worth taking a road trip out there to get more of it. After months of pondering, loosely (very loosely) planning, I ended up driving out for a visit in August with friends and family, a show in Omaha, a pop-up in Kansas City, and retrieval of the much coveted walnut. The quest for walnut turned into a whirlwind of events teetering between exhilaration and exhaustion.
For the first leg of the trip I headed to Norfolk, I spent a couple days visiting old friends and gathering blooms for the upcoming show: Hutchfest in Omaha. Simpler Thymes farm is just outside of town and I discovered it right before I moved last year, it's a beautiful property with a great old stone house that reminds me of Philly. The owners always spend time visiting with you, and they have several bee hives and sell honey, so it is a great place for good conversation and tasty treats. After collecting flowers with a friend, we went back to her place and started arranging them in simple mason jars for the show.
Some toodle-ing around in Omaha & Lincoln at some of my favorite places including Mulhall's (one of the best nurseries I've been to), Home & Closet vintage, farmer's market at Aksarben, I picked up some of my favorite condiments from The Grey Plume (the onion marmalade and whole grain mustard are some of my favorites) as well as hanging out with my pal, Kathleen and her sweet family.
It was an absolute treat to spend part of TWO different days hanging out with my friend Kathleen of Thinking Smaller. We worked together when I lived in Nebraska and she is a passionate advocate for the handmade and local community. I always feel like I can just pick up right where I left off with her, plus, we share a deep love of all things pastry, so we're obviously kindred spirits. Favorite spots we popped in at included Le Petit Paris (best croissants, ever), Kitchen Table (everything is delicious), and Bean Smith Coffee Roasters (try the Ethiopia Kochere).
Mornings spent playing in nature...
An of course, the impetus for the trip, the walnut gathering. The road in to the building was blocked off, so we ended up taking the long route through the long grass and hills, past the cows and rattlesnakes (!!), stopping often to make sure we weren't going to get stuck in a muddy spot. My brother-in-law was super gracious to venture through all of this, thanks Tait!