Summer Evening…

Not often and certainly not often enough do we have the opportunity to have dinner at Cloudland Farm in Woodstock, Vermont. The food is incredible and the atmosphere is otherworldly beautiful…

Heat enveloped the day.

A shroud of humidity encased the earth.



A reservation at a 

local spot.

Early Bird dining at

5 p.m. with friends.

Remote roads 


Winding through the Vermont landscape.

Puffs of dirt 

rose under the spin of a tire.

A grand yellow farmhouse to the right.

Seated high above. 

The restaurant 

across the way.

Green rocky fields.

Rambling stonewalls.

Cows rhythmically grazed.

Depths of distant 


Early evening


A wraparound porch shone hot.

Crisp white tablecloths

decorated the rustic.

Table for four

around the corner.



Soft intermittent warm summer breezes 

soulfully danced across our spirits.

Eagerly we chatted.

Adult children, weddings, grandchildren, art, work, missed adventures and pending travel. 

Health and 

those we had lost.

The song of our server was delightfully delivered.

We ate.


So many months had passed.



We had missed each other.

Missed so much.

Languishing over our final bites and 

moments we hesitated… 


Author: Elizabeth Ricketson

A graduate of Providence College with a BA in English, Elizabeth Ricketson has always had a love of literature and the fine arts. Elizabeth’s essays focus on life experiences and life in Vermont.

2 thoughts

  1. I so love to read your blogs! It is both nostalgic and at the same time, touches on thoughts and feelings of today!
    Keep writing, Liz!
    It’s as beautiful as your artwork!

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