1 After an exciting morning at Trade Secrets, we drove to Patsy's charming cottage in Millbrook, NY for lunch. Her gardens are coming along nicely. This is the little gardening shed.
2 The boxwood gardens are very lush and orderly, even at this time of year.
3 Patsy's beds are nicely tended, but are in need of new plant material.
4 A wonderful iron planter for Patsy's chives
5 The newest portion of Patsy's yard is the upper stone terrace. The bright green topiaries are evergreen standards purchased that morning at Trade Secrets.
6 The gravel walkways were recently retopped with 1/4-inch round stone. The winter was very harsh in Millbrook, as well as other places in the New England area.
7 Patsy is obsessed with small rustic stone and cement planters and she grows all sorts of greens in them.
8 The backyard terrace is furnished with antique, rustic, and newly designed pieces.
9 I really love this antique stone garden table.
10 Patsy served rose wine and mineral water and we were all quite content.
11 Inside, Patsy was busy with the lunch preparation. Here she is tossing one of the salads.
12 This is Patsy's rustic kitchen. She designed and built the house, which combines her love of fresh air and good light with shade and sun.
13 Recycled materials were used throughout.
14 A French candle-lit chandelier
15 This rustic table had local cheeses and salamis, cheese straws, and spicy radishes.
16 The salads were fantastic. This one is arugula, blue cheese, and red onion with a white balsamic vinaigrette.
17 This was an interesting mix of kale, walnuts, Kalamata olives, feta, with a lemony vinaigrette.
18 And this was an amazing avocado salad with local cheese and red onion upon a bed of arugula
19 The dining room table is also rustic. There was local farm butter and hot locally baked bread.
20 Patsy made beautiful quiches of leek and asparagus.
21 She also roasted local cherry tomatoes with olive oil and basil. These were very yummy!
22 A luncheon plate - Patsy collects all sorts of pottery in her travels and has an impressive collection of French ware.
23 Kevin's luncheon plate
24 For dessert, Patsy baked a rhubarb crisp and served it with local vanilla bean ice cream.
25 We finished with affogato, which was so delicious - espresso with some of that vanilla bean ice cream.