Are you fretting yet?

As we wandered the streets of Chicago, Fede asked me endlessly – Are you worried about the animals yet? Will they be OK? Are you fretting?

I think he was more worried than I was as we wandered about the streets of Chicago.

Eating- ( and a teensy bit of drinking!).

whole foods

We went to Whole Foods too and Eataly. Galleries and Streets.

Lots of streets in a city. The city is a vast and glorious place. Do you love that header shot? I do. Here it is again just in case you missed it.


This was the door of an abandoned cinema? I am not sure.   I desperately want to get into that movie theater. But I was glad to get home.  Somehow everything seemed more enclosed than usual in the city. We were glad to get back to our wide open spaces. Though I love the city.  Can you sense a dichotomy?


The pasture had grown in our 8 hour absence. This week we must get the electric fences set up!



The hay is drying!  (small, cautious yay!) I hope you have a lovely day.

Love your friend on the farm,




29 Comments on “Are you fretting yet?

  1. Oh my those pastries look scrumptious! Worked in France for a time and put on so much weight because of the choice of pastries – one of my weaknesses!
    Hope the sun continues to shine on your hay Miss C.

  2. I’m so glad you had a good time. Fetting Fede reminded me of the first holiday (a long weekend) in four years after my babies were born. We fretted the whole time, and I had to be constantly restrained from ringing Grandma to see how they were.

    I’m not mad about cities – except in y small doses – but Chicago looks very interesting – specially that patisserie!
    Enjoy your day,
    ViV x

  3. I am laughing out loud at your dichotomy. It has an ocean running through it! Love it! I think those contradictions in ourselves make us stable on solid. Those are our two legs. Love from Italy.

  4. Oh – but the photo opportunities in the cities…. I love architectural photography …. it runs a close second to floral photography. Both make my back hurt – but in different ways – architectural hurts my neck and shoulders because I’m doing a back bend the whole time I’m in the city trying to get the tops of buildings. Lower back & knees hurt from bending or squatting doing floral photography. God forbid I spend much time in NYC or any other city that would temp me with BOTH!!!!

  5. Miss C, you did your hair specially, and put on your city girl boots! I hope Fede was impressed. Lovely food shots, lovely scenery, even lovelier to be home, I suspect. I shall dream you some more hay drying weather tonight.

  6. I feel as Viv does, cities give me anxiety and I can only spend small amounts of time in them. Did you bring any of those pastries back to the farm to share?

  7. I too love the city, especially Chicago. Such wonderful sites and history. Yet somehow the country calls my name more loudly and there is never a sense of peace in the city. At least not for me.

  8. I think going to the city makes coming home that much sweeter. I would miss the animals too. It’s always good to slip in a bit of contrast.

  9. Chicago is one of my favorite cities. I haven’t been there in years, so thank you for the peek down the streets. Best get the hay up. Since our Colorado weather rolls along to you, we had hot and dry yesterday but severe storms predicted for this afternoon.

  10. Gads! Two of my sisters in Nebraska said bad storms were rolling through this morning. I hope all of that weather skirts you for now! Hay harvest must prevail!! I love the city shots. We were in NYC the end of June last year and while I love my life here on the prairie, I do love a trip to a big city from time to time. I LOVE the term Eataly!! Such a clever way with words! 🙂

  11. I love the way you can look über-hip in the city and then like a true farm woman on the farm. It’s fun, looks like.

    • whoops pushed enter far too soon….we also live in the country and periodically go to the city…but always ready to go home!

  12. It has been said the city feeds the mind while the country feeds the soul, and I suppose that’s why we are drawn so strongly to the countryside, given that our soul is our true reality — at least in most spiritual beliefs — and balance is the key to just about everything.
    And while that pastry shop makes me want to descend upon it, I know you create goodies of equal and better taste treats back on the farm.
    From the sounds of it, looks like you’re in for some good rain by tomorrow so hope your hay is dry enough to pick up later today!
    And, yes, as Carla has suggested, I vote to keep Fede too! He sounds like a charm 🙂
    Hope your day is a great one! ~ Mame

  13. Farmer Fede will have major withdrawal symptoms when the time comes to leave the farmy. The pastries look wonderful but I would look and drool before struggling to find something without cream. I only wish I could indulge.

  14. I get that sense of dichotomy going from city apartment to country house and back again, equally at home but more at peace in the country. I love the pics, great to see city things through a photographer’s eye that we would simply walk past. But waiting & welcoming cats, that’s what warms my heart 🙂

  15. Wonderful your Chicago day went so well! Have to laugh re Fede and Viv talking about ‘fretting’!! Remember a 6-week European sojourn leaving our two, 5 and 3 methinks at the time, in the brilliant care of in-laws who had moved in. I managed to wake up in Copenhagen half way thru’ shedding copious tears and fretting indeed! Well before ‘cell phone’ days! Took awhile to reach the Sydney pm to have a worried MIL ask ‘E’thing alright’? ‘Yes, but I am missing the girls like hell!’ ‘OK, I’ll call one of them!’ On came a rather grumpy older daughter: ‘Mom, is this REALLY important! Such-and-such is on TV and I really don’t want to miss any more’ Followed by a 2-3 minute précis of what was happening on the screen!! Out of the mouth of babes with husband dear having hysterics next to me!! Well, it led to a much less ‘fretting’ second half of the journey . . .

  16. Celi, dear. Did you know how dangerous it is to show those toothsome sweets to a diabetic? My blood sugar went sky high just LOOKING at the shots. For shame! (At least I live a long way from Chicago.) Heheh,Gayle in sunny Sacramento, Californiap.s. Next time you’re in Chicago, go to the Chicago Art Museum and take a gander at the Thorne Miniature Houses. Heaven! “Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.” -Gustave Flaubert From: thekitchensgarden To: Sent: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 3:06 AM Subject: [New post] Are you fretting yet? #yiv5109264830 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv5109264830 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv5109264830 a.yiv5109264830primaryactionlink:link, #yiv5109264830 a.yiv5109264830primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv5109264830 a.yiv5109264830primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv5109264830 a.yiv5109264830primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv5109264830 | Cecilia Mary Gunther posted: “As we wandered the streets of Chicago, Fede asked me endlessly – Are you worried about the animals yet? Will they be OK? Are you fretting?I think he was more worried than I was as we wandered about the streets of Chicago.Eating- ( and a teensy” | |

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