Thursday, January 20

a weekend with houseguest


last weekend i had a house guest blogger and friend aran from canelle and vanille along with her beautiful oh so loveable little girl miren.  Aran had contacted me a week or so before christmas and asked if she could visit the farm, we had tried on several occasions to meet up this past year but life got in the way. I had met aran before and if i had xray vision i could say i met miren as well, since aran was four month pregnant on her last visit to new England.

Aran was coming to shoot some of the new england winter for her new book( we are so proud of you aran). thanks to all the snow that had recently fallen it made the farm even more welcoming. I picked up aran & miren from the airport  then made our way to bea's house from la tartine gourmand who had invited us for lunch. I was nervous since i had never met bea, well i just would like to say that she is the most charming person i have met in avery long time, her and her doll  like daughter lulu are so wonderful. her home stunning and the lunch the most delicious i have had in years! there i was sitting at the table between aran and bea, two amazing pasrty chefs  i was in awe! Thank you Bea and lulu for making me feel special!

Miren stole my heart from the very minute i met her. our house somehow felt blessed by her. her little feet and giggles all over our house!  we visited a winter farmers market, very small aran can attest to that, the sea side town, then historical town of newport, where  finally aran could have lunch,  finding a gluten/dairy/soy free restaurant worthy was difficult but finally we sat in a warm restaurant chatting away while watching miren. that night i finally concord my fear( i am totally awe of aran ability to cook and bake that i became to intimated at my own skills- do you guys know what i mean paralyzing fear). well somehow i did it, i prepared a meal and aran, miren and i sat at our farm table chatting about life, inspiration and her new book ( okay i must say a lot of time was devoted talking about cat litter :)) can i just say how lovely aran is, she is lovely.

the last morning while aran and k walked all around the farm taking pictures and  meeting the animals, miren and i played indoors. to see things through her eyes was a highlight, knowing that she was looking out the window at her very first snow made me think of how grand life can be when you are starting your life and how special it can be being part of one who is. she fell asleep on her stroll outside in k's arms-  my heart melted and so did his.

thank you for sharing some time with me aran and miren! i know it was somewhat hectic, maybe a little come ci, comme ca, but i hope memorable in a good way!

17 comments:

Jane Flanagan said...

So lovely that you had these wonderful visitors!

mary said...

It sounds (and looks) like you had an absolutely wonderful time! What a sweet little babe, too. Your surroundings really are magical...

Lacey @ The Road is Life said...

lovely pictures! How lucky Aran is to get to come visit and take photos of such beautiful scenes.

I totally know what you mean about being intimated to cook for others-- I cook all the time but when I visit my French friends and they ask me to cook, I get so paralyzed because their French! And they cook all the time-- and they definitely don't like their veggies crunchy in the least bit. (being a nutritionist, we are trained crunchy is good!)

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

nadia, this brought tears to my eyes. it was so lovely to spend time together. really, not comme ci comme ca. not for one minute. talking about cat litter was even fun!

and i want to say that your dinner was fabulous! yes, everyone, nadia's roasted chicken with beets was AMAZING!

i love seeing miren through your lens. she was so happy there. i've never seen her take on to a stranger so quickly and lovingly.

thank you once again for opening your home to us. i will be eternally grateful. xxoo

Christine--RHP said...

I knew it would be magical!!

S. Etole said...

these pictures are absolutely priceless ... priceless!

I'm so glad it was a memorable time for all of you.

cindy said...

so wonderful ... it's lovely to meet blogging friends in person and often feels like you've known each other for years because we share so much about ourselves through our blogs.

Casey Solomon Events said...

I came across this post on Aran's twitter page and wanted to see Miren. I know Aran, she and I worked on a few projects for the Sunday Suppers blog together in New York. Although we only spent a short time together, I can say with sincerity and love, everything you say about Aran is true. There is something about her that is so soothing and beautiful, and it comes out just like that in her food and photography. We spent a few hours doing fun New York foodie stuff and I just felt like I'd known her forever. Sorry if I'm embarrassing you, Aran my love but it's all true! We miss you in New York. I just want to squeeze Miren. I'm sure she's exactly like her momma from top to bottom.

Just had to put my two sense in.

Caroline said...

Oh my goodness I love these photos!

La Tartine Gourmande said...

So lovely Nadia. What beautiful pictures of your farm. I feel so happy to have you, Aran and Miren for lunch. A very special day.

corine said...

Gee weez what an all star cast this reunion was. I would have loved to be there and taste all the food and play with those little toesies.....

spread your wings said...

these photos are so warm and rich with life.

kms said...

so happy to have discovered you through aran! your site is simply sublime and magical. LOVE.

cindy* said...

so, so lovely nadia! little miren is such a doll and how fun it must have been!

i am in love with these photos!

josephine said...

Wow, sounds like a dream and perfect girls' blogger getaway :)

The Prudent Homemaker said...

I love the giggle photo! So inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Nice and thanks!