Friday, June 26, 2009
To Paradise and back
Yesterday Tim and I had a date and it was so nice..nice and relaxing. We drove down to Paradise...a small town outside of Lancaster. We needed to pick up a few things at The Amish Trader, a wholesale store. Then we went next door to Cackleberry Antique Mall.After the antique shop we went to IN GRANDMA'S ATTIC in Kinzers..Love that store especially the barn out back filled with lots of goodies!
On the way to Paradise we drove off the beaten path...we do this a lot. We love taking the "scenic drive" and let me tell ya..it was scenic! We left our home and got on RT 501 to 322 in Brickerville...drove through Ephrata...love that town! Then we decided to take Route 897 to Route 30...what a nice drive. I had my camera with me but I never did take any pictures. I was too busy just looking at everything and soaking in the beauty of the area. Tim and I were so impressed with how beautiful all the yards and gardens were. And the Amish were busy cutting hay ( I think it was hay!) and also planting. We saw an Amish family planting PLANTS of some kind in a big field. The dad was riding on an Amish piece of machinery driven by HORSEpower. It looked like this machine was making a hole in the dirt, then the Amish children were taking a plant and placing it in the hole. It was a hot day in PA yesterday and these kids had to have been hot and tired..it was a big field. We left IN GRANDMA'S ATTIC and got back on Route 897 and headed back to Ephrata. Tim found a restaurant in Ephrata on the Internet that he wanted to check out, LILY'S ON MAIN...SO glad he found it! It was so nice....http://www.lilysonmain.com/
We were seated by a window which overlooked the Main Street of Ephrata.
We spent a couple of hours there....enjoying a bottle of wine, appetizers, salad, meal and of course cappuccino and dessert...It was SO GOOD. The owner Steve Brown came out to our table a couple of times to talk with us..nice guy. We found out that he was a drummer in a band as was Tim! We could have talked all day with him...really personable guy. AND the food was so good...that meal ended up being our only meal for the day...too full to eat anything else the rest of the day! We will make sure we dine there again when we are in the area.
After we left Lily's we headed to Espenshade's greenhouse. Every Spring my Mother-in-law and I take a day and drive to Espenshade's and fill my Jeep with plants and I am not kidding..we fill it!! Well this year we never made it down there so I told Tim I had to stop in and get some plants...Now I know why we go in the Spring...there was not much left to choose from...but I did get some good deals on some Perennials...Now I have to find some time today to plant them...find time before it gets hot again!
I need to get out in the gardens and do some planting and tidying up before it gets too hot...and I need to open the Brickhouse Craft Shop. I hope you all have a nice relaxing weekend.
Thanks for stopping by our porch.