First Snow November 27th 2013

We have been here since June of 1980 and every year have welcomed the coming of winter.  Yes I know officially it is still 24 days (give or take the exact day when the sun reaches its lowest altitude in the sky at noon)...but we have always celebrated this first snow.  It means we are finally in the season of skiing, Christmas, planning more than doing, taking a bit more time to spend time with those people we can't see through our busy seasons (the other 3).  The farm looks different.  It looks tucked away for the season...which is exactly why I ran about today to share the following photos with whomever might care to look at them. 

The Inn is open all winter.  This time of year we specialize in small dinner functions with up to 12 people and an executive chef - perhaps a sommelier and jazz guitarist, in our formal dining room.  You can contact us anytime about this option.

That first snow really stuck!  The barn is open for tours at anytime but please call ahead.  You will also find friendly faces at Blooms on West Lake.  They are there virtually every day of the week.  Right now they are preparing for Christmas with evergreen and ivys and ribbons and such all over their shop.

Its certainly quiet behind the barn today - hardly conducive to cocktails and appetizers!

and the sheepshed is looking festive but perhaps not for a wedding today...

as for the farm pond - which rarely freezes - because the flow of water is just too great - its rimmed with snow - hmm looking a bit like a Spanish Coffee rimmed with sugar...although a tad cooler...and hopefully not as brown...

the pondsite wedding site...brrr the windmill looked cold!

and how did it all look from the viewing stand we have in the pond?

and from Amongst the Pines - set for a few of our 2014 weddings starting in May...

and then walking back from the pond

so with the lights on and the Carriage House ready for visitors at anytime that sort of rounds out a snowy tour of the farm - bring on the snow...we ready for more!

As we head into our 34th winter on the farm - all the best from all of us here at Fields and if you are in the area on December 8th you may want to join the local Christmas House tour - we have been selected to be on the route with Christmas floral work done by Blooms on West Lake of course!

Adrianna and Marks Thanksgiving Sunday wedding

Dear  Readers;


I am working my way backwards through the season - in case you hadn't noticed its now a Sunday in mid October - Thanksgiving Sunday.

It was a lovely day to get married at the pondsite. Mark and Adrianna brought most of the leaves from their yard for us to sprinkle up the aisle...well sprinkle we did with a 6 in deep bed of leaves to rustle through. With Peter and Drew doing all the floral work and Stephanie from Bruno and Bobbi doing hair and make up in the Carriage House things were set for a 415-430 start to the ceremony officiated by dear Pat Hacker.

After the ceremony cocktails started in the sheepshed at around 5 PM.  We had prepared alcoholic and non-alcoholic cider punches and at the groom's request there were 4 types of beer in an old galvinized wash bucket which always just seems to fit right in to the era of the sheepshed - (the 1920's).

Michael Hoy's staff circulated with appetizers and as usually happens time flew by.  Its probably not a bad time to mention the DJ.  Earl Mclean was onsite to do the ceremony, provide music during the cocktail hour, dinner and the dance.  An older gentleman, he still seemed to do such a great job (as in many people were still dancing late in the evening) so we added him to our list.  I believe there was a group photo at 615 (it was part of the itinerary) and then dinner was set for 630.  We set places for 126 guests.  The head table was on the stage.


Hmm sometimes I take my photos before all the floral work is least I caught the tables on the floor closer to completion.

a simple runner

and a lovely navy blue napkin made for a nicely formal set-up

Dinner was a traditional turkey dinner served family style by Michael Hoy and his very capable staff.  We served Sandbanks Dunes and Baco Noir - both perennial favourites here. Speeches happened - they are de rigueur for every wedding - but I am not telling you anything you didn't already know here. Followed by desert - which was plated and in the midst of all that the photographer Jen did her job - I suspect very well.

Meanwhile our bar was open with a 'total spend' cap in place.  Cupcakes from Katrinas were on display for the evening.

Many of them had a sugary maple leaf in keeping with mid autumn. At 1030-11 we set out late night lovingly pre-prepared by family (and it all looked lovely) was devoured as most every late night offering is when it includes meats, cheeses, fresh buns...oh but then there is the whole chip wagon pizza oven thing - its absolutely amazing how hungry you can get a group around 1030 to 11 with the right combination....

Buses arrived from Tripps Unlimited and between 11 and 1 when we turned the house lights on everyone found their way home.

Best wishes to Adrianna and Mark from Elizabeth, Kailey and Lenna, John and Pam, Jared, Lynne, Noreen and me...and the final word is from Adrianna (thank you for writing this)

'Thank you Mark and Lynne for a beautiful wedding.  We had a wonderful stay and appreciate all you have done.'



Paul and Kristin's October 19th wedding

Hello again dear readers;

Paul and Kristen got married in the sheepshed.

we had the rehearsal here the night before at 6 PM - they had then headed off to Angelines for a rehearsal dinner which apparently went very well...they then returned for the 1st of 2 nights in our Inn...but then I digress.  The ceremony was conducted by Pat Hacker at 4 PM - oh, we are going to miss Pat as she is no longer offering officiant goes on and we wish her well in her retirement. But back to to the wedding. Music was provided by an IPOD and our system but also by family who sang beautifully during the ceremony.

For the cocktail hour we were asked for our cider cocktail(s) - both with and without alcohol...judging by how it disappeared we had the recipe correct (we mostly use (lots of) rye).  We also had Steamwhistle and Kronenbourg Blanc and Coors light in a galvinized wash bucket - self serve.  We set-up a table for the pre-popped popcorn with some seasonings brought in by the bridal party. There were some games set-up between the barn and the time passed quickly as it does when there are things to do. At 5:40 the MC called everyone into the barn where the bride and groom had their first dance before dinner.  A buffet dinner was set to start at 6 PM with Bill and Marnie from the Wheelhouse doing a wonderful job as always.  It featuring roast pig on a spit, chicken and vegetable pasta and about a million delicious salads.  Meanwhile we served Sandbanks Baco Noir and Sandbanks Shoreline within the open bar package.

The barn was set as below

and yes those are special order linens - everyone had a cookie waiting for them at their seat

and wouldn't you know, there were none left over - sometimes we get samples...not this time - especially not at the childrens table which had been set-up with games - you can sort of see them neatly sitting in the middle of the table...BUT! for only about a second after they sat down - which is to say the kids were happy.

another view of how things looked

The evening's reception music started with jazz music played over our house system before and during dinner. Speeches began once everyone was seated with food.  After the speeches the wedding cake was cut and dessert was set-out followed quickly by the dance with Rock Party providing the music.  Last time they were here was June 2nd 2012 - once again they did a great job keeping everyone dancing until late.  Around 1030 (because the timing works well) Bill and Marnie re-packaging items from dinner.  They were devoured...again...there was also a chip truck - one we hadn't seen before...I think it was Ralph's...but need help finding a link for them.

with the open bar, good music and food, and perhaps the warmth of our heating systems no one seemed in a rush to head out....  The instant camera on the sign in table got used a lot as guests were prompted to do their best selfies...

and thats how it played out when things wrapped up early October 20th.

Our best wishes go out to Paul and Kristin from everyone here - Elizabeth, Pam and John, Kailey, and Lynne, Lenna and me