Thursday, October 24, 2013

Los Poblanos Farm













Last week on our "private Friday," the Bear and I took a drive down to the Bosque - the verdant area surrounding the Rio Grande. The Rio runs straight through the middle of our city. The Bosque is a woodland area (the name means "woods" in Spanish); there is more water, therefore more plants can grow. The Bosque has long been the center of agriculture in this area because of the availability of water. The Anasazi farmed there hundreds of years ago. Even today, there are many farms and plant nurseries thriving there. It's about twenty minutes from where we live, but it feels like a different place altogether because it's so much greener and is generally quite rural.

We had a specific destination in mind, Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm. This is a place I'd wanted to visit for a couple of years but we hadn't found the time to go. Finally, with the advent of "private Fridays," I suggested a visit. I knew we wouldn't be able to do a lot there, as we weren't staying at the inn or dining in the restaurant, but I had heard good things about the farm component of the property. They have a small lavender farm as well as a variety of farm animals and I was excited about this; I love lavender and I'm an avid chicken-watcher.

The farm did not disappoint. It was a chilly, sunny morning and we wore sweaters and carried hot beverages. We also each carried a camera. We looked like tourists. One employee questioned us because we did not have a photography license (apparently people have tried to take wedding and family portraits on the property without permission). I think it was the Speedlight on the Bear's camera; it does look imposing. But I only wanted a few farm shots and that seemed to be okay with her. We spent a companionable half-hour in the farm area; there were goats, sheep, chickens and other birds - ducks, guinea fowl, peacocks and geese. The lavender was well past its prime but the scent remained and it drifted on the breeze now and then. We enjoyed poking around the farm shop, looking at soaps, salves and other products made with ingredients grown on the farm.

Since we were not paying guests, we were unable to tour the whole property but what we saw looked nice. The buildings are old but have been maintained beautifully. We may go back for a special occasion; the restaurant menu looks delicious and while it's expensive, we might go for an anniversary or birthday. I appreciate that they use local ingredients in their menu, some of which they grew right there on the farm. The animals and their homes were nicely kept and the lavender was too; it must be lush in the growing season. I'm happy to have visited and I may try to take the small Bears sometime because they would enjoy the animals. I probably should call and ask them first, though.

Our "private Fridays" have been such a pleasant addition to my life; we missed a few when the Bear's workload became much more demanding last month, but that has subsided for now. It's nice to have time together, in daylight, to do something we haven't done before. Or things we have done before - there are lots of stores, diners and coffee shops we plan to revisit on future "private Fridays." I love that it feels like old times; we're not harried parents of two in our mid-thirties, we're young people with all the time in the world to chat over coffee. For a little while, anyway.

39 comments:

  1. Your photos of the farm are lovely- it looks a very pleasant place to visit- and even better to stay- I think your Private Fridays are a great idea- I hope you continue to enjoy your time together and make it special:)

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  2. Jennifer,

    Although you could not wander the entire property, you gave us such pretty pictures and a great feel of Los Poblanos Farm with your choice of selected images, from the farm animals, (love those chickens!), to the lavender farm and the bounty of their red hot harvests, hanging in the sun and drying to spicy perfection! Your 'private Fridays' freedom provide beautiful benefits for your lucky public followers!

    xo
    Poppy

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  3. I love the idea of your private fridays, such a lovely thing, and so good that you actually go out and do things, rather than just doing the grocery shop or chores or something. The farm looks lovely, glad that you had a great time. Happy Private Fridays! xx

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  4. Your private Fridays sound like a brilliant idea. You are very wise to take some time for just the two of you, and to do it earlier in the day when you aren't yet exhausted is even better. The farm sounds like a wonderful place.

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  5. What a lovely place to visit, you must return in lavender season, I bet it smells divine. We never really took time for ourselves when our children were young, we should have done really, but we're enjoying time together alone now that they're older.

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  6. I love that third picture of the road and trees taken from ground level. Very artsy-fartsy and cool. I'll have to try that sometime. Now that I think about it, I did something similar once with a picture of an afghan I made. I took the picture from the floor and called it a dog's-eye view. Hahaha. I've been enjoying looking through your blog lately. Blog on, girlie! XOXO

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  7. Being Spanish, I have to say that I loved the name of the forest :)

    These photos are just so pretty! I can almost smell the fresh air just looking at them.

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  8. What a great place to visit. Love the idea of your 'Private Fridays'. x

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  9. I love that you have private Fridays! This looks like such a great place to visit, I really enjoyed the photos!

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  10. Looks like a lovely place to visit the first photo of the chicken/hen is wonderful x

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  11. What a beautiful lady peering at us through the wire netting in the top picture! Great idea to have Friday as a special day, all your pics are lovely, thanks for sharing. :)
    Jess x x

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  12. Private Fridays sound awesome! I need to come up with something like that for the hubs and I! Your shots are so beautiful! What an outstanding place...the lavender is so very lovely as are those chickens! A rustic retreat indeed! Happy weekend to you!

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  13. The lavender farm looks lush, looks a really good place to visit x

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  14. How wonderful to have "private Fridays"! Sounds like such a wonderful time you had together and you and your Bear probably looked like newlyweds - hence the request for a photo license. I love your pictures!

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  15. You know I LOVE feathers and that one you photographed is a beauty. So glad you had a lovely day.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  16. What a lovely way to spend the morning together. I really love the first photograph of this post.
    Marianne x

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  17. Your fridays sound divine and what a fun place to visit! I loved the chickens.. did you know the earless goats are called "La Mancha" goats? Me, I like ears on my goats.. lol! Have a great weekend!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  18. Terrific pictures Jennifer. Glad you're able to make the time to enjoy places you'd like to go on your private Fridays.

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  19. Wonderful photos, so glad you had a good time, and that you are enjoying the trips out with your other half. Hope you all have a good weekend.

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  20. I really enjoy hearing about your 'private' Fridays Jennifer, and this visit was super interesting. I'm sure the Small Bears would enjoy seeing the animals there, as well as everything else, but just so very nice for you and Bear to have your own time to share together. Happy Days! Joy x

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  21. Your Private Fridays are such a lovely idea and you always have such lovely times. Lovely pictures :) xx

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  22. What a good idea Private Fridays ! Looks like you had a nice time relaxing together :)

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  23. What a gorgeous place, thank you Jennifer for taking us along. And hmmm, maybe I should have a private Friday too!

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  24. Beautiful photos, Jennifer. I especially like the view of the ducks :) Thanks for sharing some of your private Friday with us!
    Gracie xx

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  25. I wish we could have private Fridays, or any other day really! ...... One day! Love the chicken photos. Julie x

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  26. ♥ ooo, love your beautiful photos! Have a happy day, my friend! xxx Riitta

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  27. Lovely post and nice photos. I love the idea of a private Friday, I will think the way to intrude something like that in our lives lol

    Have a nice weekend!

    Lluisa x

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  28. Sounds like a lovely way to spend a day.

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  29. I love the first photograph, the feathers are so delicately coloured with the black tips contrasting with the brown/reddish!
    Hope you guys have many happy 'Private Friday`s' together.
    I just wanted to let you know I have a new blog, I decided I needed a change.
    You can find it here: http://what-lisa-loves.blogspot.nl/

    Love, Lisa

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  30. What a nice way to spend a Friday morning. My Friday morning was spent going for a run (it rained) then cleaning the bathroom. Yours sounds a lot better! It's so nice for you to have that quality time with your husband. x

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  31. What a lovely way to reconvene your Private Fridays and to spend some quality time together. This place looks wonderful and I am sure it will be beautiful during Lavender season. Your photos are really gorgeous and gave such a feel for the place. Enjoy your weekend Jennifer xoxo

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  32. Those chilies look amazing drying in the open air. I love lavender too and not got around to visiting one close by this year. Hopefully I can visit next year and we can compare. It's such a good idea to have sometime alone together to enjoy days out like this. We never did it as much as would have liked. Have a great weekend.
    Sarah x

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  33. So pretty! I love the pictures of the goats and ducks, especially.

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  34. Your "Private Friday's" sound amazing. My husband and I rarely ever get to spend time alone together, and I miss it! I love all of your photos… they are gorgeous! I love restaurants that use fresh, local ingredients… it's definitely worth the extra money. Hopefully the two of you can go back for a special dinner some day. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  35. Lovely pics, I can see why people would sneak wedding couples in for photos! So lovely you and the Bear get time together...we never do, and on the odd occasion we have, we fall out!! Glad you guys had a fun day x

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  36. What a great looking place! Your private Fridays sound so nice <3 I love the photo of the peppers drying in the sun - they are one of my favourite ingredients xoxo

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  37. Loving your pictures all about your special Fridays. Thank you for popping over to Chalkys you are so supportive. Those Chalky labels were on EBay and I like to sew one on gifts. If you cannot get them sent to you I will order them for you from here in the Uk and send them on.

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  38. Beautiful sentiments, Jennifer...
    That is how I have always felt about myself and my boyfriend...
    We were "us" long before we became parents...
    And I have always tried to keep that feeling alive...
    I feel especially young...at the cottage...♥

    Love the Chicken pics...New Mexico looks like an absolutely beautiful place to live and love!!

    Enjoy your weekend...♥
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  39. Jen, the photos are great. I love touring a place like that - love the gardens and plants, the animals, and yes, especially the chickens. We used to have a mini-farm, and I miss it. This day out would be heaven for me and my hubby, but those days are few and far between. Hoping to go up north toward Flagstaff within the next week, and at least spend the day. Love your idea of private Fridays, as time for you and your hubby. Good for you two! xxoo

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