Saturday, June 2, 2018

Red Hatters Day Trip to Iris Farm in Hondo

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Members of New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of Alamogordo, New Mexico and LOCO Red Hatters of New Mexico Chapter from Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico took a day trip to the Iris Farm in Hondo, New Mexico. It was a wee bit late for the Irises but other flowers were blooming and they've added an absolutely delightful "Fairy Garden" which we all enjoyed immensely. There is also a lovely shop owned by Alice Seely (a fabulous artisan) on the grounds and it seems I can never visit there without buying something. The clothes and jewelry are not to be found anywhere else!

These beautiful flowers shall go unidentified
A colorful area for photographing wedding parties
Some of the fairy homes made from logs
Another look at the wedding area
A lovely bench to take a rest on
Fairies riding unusual creatures
An old creel basket made into a little home
I thought it was important to note this
AND, this is the Fairy Ring
An interesting grouping
These fairies have created a space above the crowd
This is the fairies golf club "The 19th Hole"
This an Indian themed fairy encampment
A gathering of fairies
A couple of fairy homes built into the tree
Another charming fairy home being inspected by a bird
Just beautiful in miniature doses
This is the fairy Feed and Grain Store
A fairy artsy park
The home of an artistic fairy
Fairies and butterflies
Fairy Flying School
Fairy Ballerinas
Another individualistic fairy's home
Yet another fairy art park
The fairy Feed and Grain Store #2
A fairy rocket ship titled "Fly Me to the Moon"
I believe this is a fairy potter's house
This little fairy is out for a swing
An interesting fairy garden character
Another fairy home built into the tree
Fairy Dew Drop Oil
This is one of trolls on the troll bridge crossing the creek from the fairy garden
These lovely flowers are some type of lily
The last beautiful purple Iris of summer
Red Hatter Martha Chavez from the LOCO RH Chapter (Their members are from Alto, Nogal, Alamogordo and Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. The Chapter Name LOCO refers to Lincoln and Otero Counties in New Mexico.)
Trudy Reese with Queen Jean Walthall (LOCO RH Chapter)
Margaret with Lu Mattson of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter
Gail Swineford, Royal Scribble of NM Roadrunner Chapter
I hope you weren't bored with all of the fairy photos, but I wanted you to get the full flavor of our visit. It was like being kids again just immersing ourselves in the moment and ever so much FUN. We left the Iris Farm and drove further up the highway to the Silver Dollar Saloon for lunch.

Lu and Martha
Gail and Trudy
Martha and Queen Jean
Carla (Queen Ladybird) and Lu (our birthday girl)
Lu with her gift and card
We sang "Happy Birthday" with our Kazoos and Lu appeared quite pleased with her 20th Anniversary Red Hat Society coffee mug and her card.

On another note: We will not be returning to this restaurant. They have new owners and the food was very disappointing. Two of us ordered cheeseburgers "done" and they came out charcoaled. I ordered a 6 oz glass of red wine. The waitress said "We only have "Lohrs" and it is our house wine." To which I replied, "Fine." When I got my bill, that 6 oz glass of wine cost $18.00. I complained, but they just looked at me like I was a bother. Between the burnt cheeseburger and the $18.00 glass of wine, I was not a happy camper!

This is all I have to say for now.

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