Do you remember the first time you tried a nashi pear? Little miss 8 just had her first bite and her face was full of surprise and wonder.
A change. A transition. A new view.
We are frantically packing and sorting so we can get some painting done. Finally. Taking care of our home has been a huge undertaking. It is a grand house in the Victorian sense with high ceilings, ornate nods to the era and a whole lot of other people’s renovations. It was built for a surgeon in 1876 and sadly he died soon after his pratice and home were completed. It has been owned by a series of doctors, it has been offices for surveyors, a head office for an old telecommunication company and a bed and breakfast. Now it is a home, for all seven of us.
The Copper Hen-Cakery and Kitchen. A large open space that had been lovingly restored complete with pressed copper roof, large wooden beams, polished boards and a sumptuous eatery. It is a farm-to-table cakery (love this word) in ‘Eat Street’ in the heart of the city of Minneapolis. When we visited to have our late lunch and glass of wine The Copper Hen was a month old. So young but doing a great trade and trying some new things. According to Heavy Table the husband and wife team Chris and Danielle Bjorling raised nearly $12,000 as a kick-starter from friends and neighbours to get their passion project, a rustic, farmhouse style bakery and cafe off the ground. I am totally seduced by the amazing looking bread and the display of sweet treats. And I admire anyone starting a food business – you can see the hard work in the space, the detail, the attention to please.
We sampled this cheeseboard and tried a ‘black and white pizza’ which was simply fig and goats cheese on a leavened base. It was thin, but dense and chewy – quite a new sensation, but lovely. Does everything taste so good when you are away from home and exploring? I am not sure. But this little establishment was simply good fun. You can follow them on Facebook and be inspired for your next leavened adventure in your own kitchen.
Last night away from our little people and our home. I have had such an amazing time here in the USA with my man and have only skimmed the surface with blogs and instagram updates.
I am loving finding new things to look at – I have always loved magazine but have had a sabbatical from buying them. A long story which I am sure you can track back in the blog. But as I wonder the through Barnes and Noble these are a few that I haven’t seen at home. If you want to find out more I am sure Pinterest will offer you more insight.
|Papier Mache and Mollie Makes -DIY Fashion|
|Country Living Modern Rustic|
|Grown up bean bags, covered occasional chairs.|
Did I mention Minneapolis is the home of Target? Well the homeware section of Target looks nothing like our store at home. There is such a range of lovely things – here is a sample. One of the blogs I have read over the years – HouseTweaking – would often reference Target as one of her home interior sources. Now I know why. I would be happy to take all of this home, but…it probably won’t happen.
|I love large collections on display.|
|Gorgeous wool felt stool.|
|Love the Navy bottoms on these baskets.|