There are quite a few dresses that have gotten away from me – so-called "unicorns" that I missed out on when they were readily available and now spend a fair amount of free time trying to track down. This Bernie Dexter beauty was one of those dresses, until I spotted it in a swap & sell Facebook group and managed to get my hands on it. It was only sold at ModCloth (though this print is still available in three other styles on Bernie's website), so it was a stroke of luck that someone happened to be selling it in my size.
Another such stroke of luck was stumbling upon Hurd Orchards, where these photos were taken. Hurd Orchards is a family-owned fruit and flower farm in Holley, NY that's been in existence for decades. They have pick-your-own fruit, fields of beautiful flowers, a shop full of preserves, jams and other delights, and themed luncheons (based on what flowers and fruit are in season). My mom and I decided to make reservations for the Poppies & Popovers Luncheon without knowing exactly what was in store, but eager for a bit of an adventure. We had a beautiful afternoon, and a delicious lunch! We learned a lot about poppies and ate some poppyseed-filled treats, and then explored the grounds a bit before heading home. They're currently offering pick-your-own strawberries, but I'm planning on going back for pick-your-own cherries; not only have I never done that, but I have the perfect cherry outfit in my closet for the occasion! If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend taking the time to go (even just to take a peek in their gorgeous gift shop).
The poppies were essentially on their last legs, so unfortunately, my idea of being able to take photos in a poppy field went unrealized. But I was pretty content to be able to look at them (and eat part of them!) in such a lovely atmosphere. I've come to the conclusion that it's really important to make the time for things like this that bring joy, especially during the work week. Sometimes it's not possible to drive an hour to a luncheon during the middle of the day on a Friday... but when it is, it's all the more enjoyable. It's definitely one of the perks of working from home! :)
Bernie Dexter dress: Facebook swap group
Belt: from another dress
Have a wonderful Wednesday!