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.