I recently had the pleasure of meeting our neighbors that live two fields NW of us. It all started in the voting booth (of all places). I was in the booth casting my vote and I heard this lovely sing-song voice talking about her beautiful THORNLESS berry bushes and how wonderful they did this season. I never circled that ballot so fast in my life! (I have been struggling to get my berries and grapes to flourish) I shoved that ballot into the machine and did an invisible sign of the cross. The woman (JB)and her husband (Robert) were getting ready to leave and I boldy said "wait! I need to know about your berries." Of course they looked at me like I was off my nut (most do at first) and I explained myself. We talked a bit and realized we were neighbors. Robert said, "well I don't suppose you like horseradish?" We were instant friends! I followed them to their place and my jaw dropped as I pulled into their drive. It's a magical homestead. A beautiful stand of trees line the north lot and the home is gently surrounded by ornamentals and flowers of all types. I couldn't help but think of the evoloution of The Olde Farmhouse and how I pictured it like this property a few years from now. (if I'm lucky!) I jumped out of the car and Robert was gathering the freshly picked horseradish for us. JB said, "Come and see my Rooster and Hens!" We walked over to the chicken coop and there was a magnificent rooster. JB said, "His name is Bob." For 3 years, as I gardened every morning, landscaped and worked on my stained glass I heard a rooster crow. I always wondered where he lived. I have finally met Bob The Rooster! He's very kind and gentle to his hens. We were formally introduced. With that JB took me on a tour of their home. She is a wonderful water color artist in her own right and she is in the process of building an art studio. I must admit I covet their ability to create such beauty and adapt their surroundings to their passions. We have so much in common! From our love of geo-thermo heat, our love of the land, critters, art, gourmet cooking, home decor and more, to our similar backgrounds we are really in sync. We did have one teeny-tiny difference....our politics! LOL! So, I believe if we leave our politics in the closet we will be fast and enduring friends. JB and Robert invited us to a wonder evening at their place after I was over my illness. The meal we shared was so tasty and I am hoping we didn't over stay our welcome. We left with a dozen freshly laid eggs from "the gals" which I served to my family when they stayed for Thanksgiving. We had a magnificent time with JB and Robert and we are so blessed to have such awesome neighbors. NOW when I hear the Rooster crow I can say "good morning to you too Bob!" With gratitude, Laurie B.