A “Year” Of Blogging. And Our Thanks To You.

prep11It’s actually been about a year and a half on the calendar since I started blogging. Within a few months, it became “we” as Carolyn started both cooking and taking photos for the blog as well.  We looked at our stats the other day and WordPress tells us this will be our 365th post. I don’t think either of us really thought we would have even 100 things to blog about, but I guess we did. I also don’t think we expected to get as much out of it as we have, but it has been a great ride. And the ride will go on, but perhaps at a slightly slower pace.

siesta3cherry10harvest2So after a “year” of blogging, what did we get? We are better cooks and better gardeners. Our kids eat healthily (mostly) and well. We also mix a decent cocktail, IMHO. And we discovered a shared love of photography that will last our entire lives. Sharing a love of art with your spouse is a special thing, a true gift. And for that I am eternally grateful.


Warm Mushroom and Arugula Salad.

But what we are most grateful for is all of you. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you. Your visits, comments and support kept this blog going and encouraged us to keep working, keep experimenting and see what we could do. We surprised, and sometimes disappointed, ourselves. Your guidance (and the occasional correction) make us much, much better cooks. Along the way we made some virtual, but very real, friends. Cooking is all about family and friends, and good cooks build friendships and connect with family for their whole lives. And there is a whole lot of living left.

This is a peach blossom!

mixology5ccake9We had a bunch of extra stats and blather about the site to share, but it seems too self-congratulatory. And really, who cares? Suffice it to say, if you are searching for a fennel recipe, steps on curing and smoking meat or old-school cocktails, you may end up visiting Putney Farm. And that is just fine with us. Instead of any more words here are some photo highlights….


The Kentucky Royale Cocktail.

We will have one of these….

34 thoughts on “A “Year” Of Blogging. And Our Thanks To You.

  1. Only a year and a half? That’s shocking! You put me to shame. Your blog is absolutely amazing, you’re an inspiration to all of us. Frequently when people ask me who I think the best food and drink bloggers out there are, I refer to Putney farm. Okay sure, slow down because frankly you’re putting most of us in the shade. However please for the love of God don’t stop!

  2. congratulations! I am grateful for Putney Farms as you’ve inspired me to go a bit further into the world of esoteric spirits. Just today I bought my first bottle of Campari 🙂

  3. Congrats to you, Carolyn and the kids on this blog. We are all better for your gorgeous photos, delish recipes and fun take on life! A toast to many more!

  4. Congratulations! … I just love your blog and really enjoy reading your eye-candy posts and very much appreciate the spirit with which you do things. You have the knack of making the reader feel ‘welcomed’, almost as a guest. And one finishes the post feeling uplifted …in a world where it’s all about angst and worry and global this and that, Putney Farm say it’s okay to enjoy good food and life!

  5. Congratulations on a wonderful accomplishment!
    Your photos are stunning, and I enjoy the recipes. My spouse is the photographer of the family, and sees my blog as my thing (he doesn’t take the photos but he does make mine as pretty as possible). It’s been interesting learning more about photography, and the post-production aspect, with/from him while he’s been away.

    What has been the most surprising thing as you reflect back?

    • Thanks. We enjoy sharing the photo work, but we approach things differently. It makes for a good mix of looks, angles and post production work.

      The big, but pleasant, surprise is how many people we connect with through the blog. Both new online friends, but also our local family and friends. We get pinged on food, booze and garden stuff by friends almost every day. It is easy to stay connected. Keeps a smile on our faces….and we have easy excuses to invite people over to “try” our experiments.

  6. Happy anniversary! It is so great you can blog together, and can share a love of photography. I have enjoyed reading your posts and looking at your beautiful photos. Glad you will be continuing to write. From one of your virtual friends:)

  7. Always a true pleasure and eye candy to land here with you two … it has been a exciting, tasty and colorful year with – and I look forward to what will follow … thank you so much bringing friendship, beautiful and great tastes – and some moderate amount of alcohol to my world.

  8. Thank you very much for sharing your table, your harvests and your wit with us! It’s always a pleasure to hear about the seasonal yields from your garden and the inspiring array of dishes concocted in the kitchen (not to mention your bar!).

    When I first started blogging, I didn’t foresee the intercontinental rapport I would come to value with fellow lovers of food and photography such as yourselves. The passion and discussion generated by sharing these loves is so enjoyable. Congratulations on hitting the big 365!

    • Thanks! We feel the same about the “global” nature of blogging. But we learn (and enjoy) cooking so much more.

      Looking forward to some milestones from you as well!

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