April Showers

April was a glorious month for weddings – 70 degrees and no April Showers...until April 28th. We had a rainy day that Sunday, but I am happy to report that the weather didn't dampen anyone’s spirits! We always work with a good alternate weather plan, so that day we moved into the Garden House for Kirsti and Scott’s beautiful wedding.  After being together for 14 years now, the happy married couple skipped down the aisle to the tune of “Here Comes the Sun” and headed out... Full Post >

Bright Idea

Add a playful twist to sophisticated neutrals with a color-pop cross body bag. Stop in and see our brilliant collection of colorful accessories and instantly update your summer wardrobe. We are full of bright ideas this season! For more of what's new, follow my Dovecote Style board on Pinterest! Full Post >

Wine of the Week [April 29-May 5]

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, threaten your friends with levels of torture that would make Guantanamo Bay detainees feel appreciative if they so much as think about not finishing the very generous pour of 1990 J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese that you had to sacrifice your moral integrity to get your hands on, we here at The Goat would like to... Full Post >

Working, Living and Playing at Fearrington

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Thai New Year Dinner at The Granary, one of the Cooks and Books events sponsored by McIntyre’s Books.  The author of Real Thai, Nancie McDermott, spoke about her books, her life and her passion for food, as well as, her wonderful insight into Thai cooking, Thai culture and Thai people -– and even a bit of Southeast Asia’s geography and history.  Colin Bedford and his team outdid themselves with 10 different Thai dishes, from... Full Post >

Are you a Durham Bulls first-timer?

Don’t worry -- everyone in Durham is friendly and it is guaranteed you’ll have a blast! Check the schedule and make some plans to go and cheer for The Durham Bulls. Allow yourself some extra time and arrive early to have a cold pint at the award winning Full Steam Brewery before the game. If it happens to be a Friday, this is your lucky day -- the game will end with a great display of fireworks! We know hot dogs and pretzels are a hard thing to resist, however, make some room for one last... Full Post >

Peonies!

This morning my day was made as I entered the flower shop and was greeted by bright coral peonies! Every year I look forward to May when these beauties are blooming in our gardens and most brides use them in their bouquets and centerpieces. To me as a wedding planner, peonies are the ultimate romantic, soft flower for weddings and just plain gorgeous! The coral ones are my favorite; they start off bright and happy and with time turn a pale yellow. Just amazing! Full Post >

Looking from a distance to up close and personal….

I always enjoy going home, however my most recent trip was special, not only did I get to see my parents, I had the opportunity to cook with chefs that I have followed and admired for many years. The trip began as I met my parents at the airport and we made the trip into London together. With Mum hammering me questions one after the other, my Dad and Mum’s proud smiles as my name was announced on TV and the best “Fish & Chips” ever at Borough Market, my arrival was a... Full Post >

The Mobile Fearrington

We were thrilled to launch our new and improved website two months ago! It allows for easier navigation and beautiful pictures, but the work didn't stop there! Fearrington was determined to have a site that represented all of the charm encapsulated in this Village on all type of devices. Our website is configured to seven different sizes to provide the best viewing experience whether on desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. We have continued to improve our mobile version with big buttons and... Full Post >