Five years ago, I sat at my laptop and wrote “Little treasures discovered while exploring the back roads of life” as a tag line for Back Road Journal. I asked you to spend a few minutes of your day with me and I would share life’s little discoveries I’ve enjoyed while traveling the back roads of New England and beyond.
I’ll never know how many people have even noticed the tag line in my header but something has brought many thousands of readers like yourself to Back Road Journal and for that I’m very thankful. Some of you leave thoughtful comments letting me know that I have inspired you to try something new in your kitchen or to plan a vacation to a place that I have visited during my travels and that always makes me smile.
For this anniversary, I thought I’d share some of my photos from the past five years for those readers who may have just started following Back Road Journal. For those of you who have been here from the early years, I hope you will enjoy looking back as well.
I’ve written about my passion for food, whether it was a seven course meal prepared by a famous three star Michelin chef in Europe or a simple dinner I’ve made in my kitchen.
You have followed along as I’ve traveled the east coast of America from the seacoast of New Hampshire down through Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
I’ve hopped on a plane to show you Germany and to prove that there is much more to the country than sausages and sauerkraut, you really must visit someday.
I’ve taken you to Austria where the beauty of the countryside can almost take your breath away. It makes you want to start signing “The hills are alive with the sound of music“.
I’ve shown you Italy, from Portofino with its grand yachts to the majestic Dolomites in the north.
Last but certainly not least, there was France where we visited its sunny coast and the wonderful Alsace region that is featured in my header photo.
Our historic home in New Hampshire was featured many times on the blog. The keeping room kitchen decorated for Christmas was in Country Woman magazine but everyone’s favorite photos seemed to be the snow covered house at Christmas time.
No matter the season our apple orchard was always of interest, both in the spring when the trees were in bloom and in the fall when the apples were ready to pick.
I shared Monet’s beautiful gardens and others not nearly as famous as well as my own efforts growing both vegetables and flowers in New Hampshire and in Maine.
Summers at our lake cottage in Maine can never be forgotten…they were fun and we enjoyed the beautiful scenery everywhere we visited in the state.
Before I started writing my journal, I had no idea of the friendships that would be made with people who I will probably never get a chance to meet in person yet each of you feel like part of an extended family. You’ve wanted to hop into my suitcase and follow along on my journeys, you’ve shared your prayers and sympathy at my mother’s passing and you’ve all wished me happiness when my husband retired and we moved to Florida to start a new adventure in our lives. I can’t tell you how much all of that has meant to me.
Hopefully you will continue to follow along as I start my sixth year of blogging. I’ll be showing you around Florida in case you would like to plan a trip here to enjoy the beaches or escape winter’s cold. My husband and I are heading back to Germany and Austria for almost a month this fall and I’ll be sharing those adventures. And of course, you know that I’ll be cooking up a storm and sharing my recipes with you.