The Kitchen Window

The Kitchen Window
Antique Milk Bottles with Herbs and Flowers


Welcome to the Frog Hollow Farm blog! I've been blogging since January 2010 and have switched from Blogger to Word Press, but I'm back to Blogger because, for me, it's easier to use. My husband and I live on a little farm in Northwest New Jersey. We have some chickens and a very large vegetable garden with asparagus and raspberries, and rows and rows of sunflowers, snapdragons and zinnias. Traveling, entertaining, gardening, spending time with family, studying Italian, blogging and reading keep us busy and happy. With all of this going on, moving towards a simpler life seems almost impossible but it's definitely a daily goal.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Morning Surprise

Woke up this morning ready for the installation of the new propane stove in the conservatory but was surprised by the snow-covered ground outside. One day later would have made things perfect; the stove would have been installed and we would be watching the snowfall from the conservatory this morning.
We've always called this room a sunroom - but my husband was at my father's the other day and picked up a book about sunrooms. (My dad built a small greenhouse for his vegetable seedlings several years ago.) What we have seems to be called a conservatory because of the way it is connected to our house. This room is not heated, so the installation of a small propane stove has made it a more functional room. We move our geraniums in for the winter, and they continue to bloom beautiful reds, corals and pinks. Our hearty herbs also winter over in this room, and we continue to cut fresh mint, rosemary and chives all winter. Two very close friends gave us a pair of painted rockers that come in from the porch and winter over in the conservatory - with two big cushions they are comfortable and soothing to sit in. Cyclamen love the cooler temperatures and blossom throughout the winter, they remind me of one of my trips to Firenze in February with friends - I remember seeing cyclamen in almost every planter and ceramic pot on piazzas and outside restaurants and stores. Firenze, that's another story I'll have to talk about in another post. Out to dinner at the Tewksbury Inn tonight with two dear friends. Back to enjoying the snow!


  1. Hi, I am so happy to see you have your blog up and running. Your header is very classy and elegant I love it! Enjoy dinner at the Inn tonight, I haven't been since late Summer is it still good?? We use to go all the time.
    I can't wait to read more of your posts and congrats on your retirement.

  2. Bunny, I was so happy to have you comment on my blog - thanks so much for your continued encouragement! We didn't make it to the TI this evening - just over to Bensi's, which was surprisingly good - they even make a decent Old Fashioned. I missed the TI - the food is great every time I visit. Maybe next week. Take care.


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