Saturday, August 23, 2014

Party At The Farm

Mr. Mickey's lifelong friend, Ben celebrated his 80th birthday this week.

We always enjoy the drive down to the farm to visit with our dear friends. The rolling hills are met by the Nolichucky River and then the majestic mountains rise up beyond to frame the horizon.

The celebration was held at the couple's weekend getaway in the country.

Guest parking was across the street from the farmhouse our friends have lovingly restored over the past few years.

One of Ben's hobbies is collecting and restoring antique Jaguars. He keeps them in his car museum.

That's a working vintage traffic signal mounted on the wall above my head.

This is Natalie's potting shed.

A guest house on the property provides additional space for the many visitors and family members who come to stay for a weekend at the farm.

Ben is retired from Piedmont Airlines and he and Natalie have two adorable white shih tzus which explains the fabulous cake.

Happy birthday Ben! 
May you have many more.

The fabulous band This Mountain played into the night.

At the end of the evening, I was thrilled to reconnect with an old friend from elementary school. Marty and his beautiful wife, Bebe live only a couple of doors away from the farm. We hadn't seen each other for more than forty years!

Whenever we attend an outdoor function, I always take a hat. One never knows if it will be necessary, but it's good to have it if you need it. The hat is from one of my favorite stores in Blowing Rock, NC, Finley House Couture. The red blouse is from Express. The white cropped jeans are from Chico's. The shoes are from T.J.Maxx.  

Thank you for joining me and Mr. Mickey on this journey through midlife and beyond. 
The second fifty years really are the best!

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Teresa said...

Beautiful pictures! I live in NE NC and so enjoy visiting the mountains. We were in Blowing Rock the week of July 5th and I hope to be back soon. Really like reading your blog.

Kristien62 said...

As always you look wonderful. And I must say your friend, Ben, is remarkable for 80! There must be something in the mountain air.

The Memiors of a Reluctant Move-aholic said...

Good Morning Susan
Thank you so much for sharing your lovely and beautiful day with Mr. Mickey and friends.
Love the picturesque farm house and countryside of NC and TN. What a perfect setting for an "Americana theme birthday party!
You and Mr. Mickey always radiant such joy, it's inspiring!

Donna said...

Wow, what a lovely place! I especially like the door to Natalie's potting shed. Director of Manure indeed... Ben has a fine collection of Jaguars. Whenever we see one on the street, I tell my granddaughter that they are driving Mamaw's car. Great that you got to visit with a school chum. Please tell Mr Mickey that he looks fantastic in blue.

Unknown said...

Susan love your outfit especially the hat. Great music! I will have to buy the CD. Thanks for sharing.

Patti said...

Beautiful outfit, Susan, and what a great celebration for your friend Ban. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xo.

Unknown said...

You look wonderful as ever! It looks like you had a wonderful day, all the best to Ben :) hugs x

at my dressingtable said...

You look as gorgeous as ever!!! looks a fun day. Best wishes.

Delaine said...

It was a perfect evening for a perfect party. It was so great to see you and Mickey, and enjoy a beautiful evening with good friends, great food, and an awesome band, This Mountain. they really know how to celebrate!
Thanks so much for posting your pictures of Ben's Party!

Glenda said...

You are a lovely, attractive woman. You radiate beauty. Red is your color.

Jessica Jannenga said...

Hi, It looks like a very fun time. Beautiful area, love the country side. The jaquar museum must be something, certainly from here! I want to see the shih tzus! hah, I have 2 myself. You look stunning as usual, love your style, glow and the red is very becoming on you
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