Ideal Farm and Garden

In the summer we carry our own vegetable and stock local fruits. Everything is delicious and goes wonderfully with our very own Black Angus beef.

We offer many different cuts. Ideal Farm and Garden is your local garden center that has all of your gardening and planting needs! We carry a wide variety of annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, shrubs, roses and so much more in the spring time. During the fall is our busy time. We offer pumpkin picking, hayrides, and everything else you could think of for fall! We have our own bakery where we b

03/18/2024

🇳🇿WWII uncovered: Women's History Month: Honouring Phyllis "Pippa" Latour Doyle Heroine of the SOE

Born in South Africa on 8 April 1921, Phyllis "Pippa" Latour was an orphan by the age of 3 years old. Adopted by her French father's cousin, Pippa relocated to England in 1939 to finish her education. In November of 1941 she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) as a flight mechanic for airframes.

"They took a group of about 20 of us away for training. It was unusual training – not what I expected, and very hard. It wasn't until after my first round of training that they told me they wanted me to become a member of the SOE. They said I could have three days to think about it. I told them I didn't need three days to make a decision - I'd take the job now." - Phyllis "Pippa" Latour Doyle - Stuff New Zealand November 25, 2014 interview

Latour officially joined the Special Operations Executive on 01 November 1943 and was commissioned as an Honorary Section Officer.

According to the New Zealand Army News: "She parachuted into Orne, Normandy on 01 May 1944 to operate as part of the Scientist circuit, using the codename Genevieve. Pippa worked as a wireless operator with Resistance member Claude de Baissac, or “Denis,” who was also a southern-African, and of Mauritian origin, and his sister Lisé de Baissac (the courier). Denis had to plug gaps in the SOE’s northern France operations caused by double agents and lay the groundwork for an anticipated Allied landing. For Pippa’s cover story, De Baissac had forged papers showing she had left Paris to study painting. Within days of dropping into France, Latour made contact with London, using a safe house belonging to a doctor, before shifting to de Baissac’s farmhouse headquarters."

"Word got back to the network that an informer was among the resistance group who collected Pippa and that the Germans had discovered her parachute. Forced to move, Pippa, who by now was working closely with de Baissac’s sister Lise, known as “Odile,” fled on a bicycle and set up in a barn. Using radio sets hidden round the countryside, Latour sent a stream of coded reports to London." - Squadron Leader Beryl E. Escott, Mission Improbable: A salute to the RAF women of SOE in wartime France

"Small of stature, Latour, who was fluent in French, posed as a teenage girl whose family had moved to the region to escape the Allied bombing. She rode bicycles around the area, selling soap and chatting with German soldiers. When she obtained any military intelligence, she encoded it for transmitting using one-time codes that were hidden on a piece of silk that she used to tie up her hair. At one point, she was brought in for questioning, but the German authorities did not think to examine her hair tie, and she was released." (Beryl E. Escott et. al)

Following the war, Phyllis married Patrick Doyle, an Australian engineer. The couple relocated to Kenya, then Fiji, Australia and eventually settling in Auckland New Zealand. Pippa and Patrick had four children.

A highly decorated veteran of World War II, Phyllis Latour Doyle was honored with the Member of the Order of the British Empire, Croix de Guerre 1939–1945, France and Germany Star, Defense Medal and on 25 November 2014 she was awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest military honor.

Pippa passed away on 07 October 2023 at the age of 102 years old.

Please join us in honouring Section Officer Phyllis Latour Doyle for a lifetime of dedicated service. Lest We Forget.



WWII uncovered©️ description and photos sourced by New Zealand Army News, Squadron Leader Beryl E. Escott, Mission Improbable: A salute to the RAF women of SOE in wartime France, London, Patrick Stevens Limited, 1991 and Stuff New Zealand November 25, 2014 interview. (Fair Use Photos)

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03/15/2024

Well a little more work on the egg still life art today. I added the feather to the other side of the painting, and also added a downy feather in the back of the basket. Still glazing color on the eggs to smooth out brush strokes. Egg shells are very smooth. I created a sign in case the egg farmer wanted to sell his or her over production. It is a handmade sign, not a fancy one at all. And somewhat crooked as well, done in the barn with leftover wood and paint! I also reworked the nest to not have it look so perfect and round. You can go back to compare the changes. Working on table texture of the wood and faded the far side of the table to push it back. I will still add more light to the front and over the eggs. I need to now finish the wire basket, and add the straw/grasses here and there, and just look and touch it up everywhere. It looks far more better on the easel than in the photo. Please forgive my ineptness. Probably one or two more sessions to finish this "Story of the Egg"

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Two broody girls sitting on eggs.

03/14/2024

🪻Save the date! ☔️

Birth Haven’s April Showers Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 13th at Perona Farms.

To purchase tickets 🎫 visit our website birthhaven.org

We hope to see you there!

03/14/2024

So hard to get a good photo at night in my studio. Little dark. I'll try this again in the daylight. Anyway, more progress coming along. I've added a lot of detail to the nest, and feathers. I also added a transparent glaze of ultramarine blue, burnt seinna and paynes gray mixed to the background with slo-dri medium for a richer look to the soft focus. Starting to work on the basket, and still glazing over the eggs for color. I've painted out the feather on the right side of the painting, I'll put it back in, but want to have it touch the basket and be pointing to the scene instead of the opposite . There will also be straws and grasses as seen in the photo to fill some of that open space. Have to see how I like it. It's getting there. Looks better in person. I'll also have to keep increasing the intensity of the highlights. That's all for now... be back soon.

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03/13/2024

She drank whiskey, swore often, and smoked handmade ci**rs. She wore pants under her skirt and a gun under her apron. At six feet tall and two hundred pounds, Mary Fields was an intimidating woman.

Mary lived in Montana, in a town called Cascade. She was a special member of the community there. All schools would close on her birthday, and though women were not allowed entry into saloons, she was given special permission by the mayor to come in anytime and to any saloon she liked.

But Mary wasn’t from Montana. She was born into enslavement in Tennessee sometime in the early 1830s, and lived enslaved for more than thirty years until slavery was abolished. As a free woman, life led her first to Florida to work for a family and then Ohio when part of the family moved.

When Mary was 52, her close friend who lived in Montana became ill with pneumonia. Upon hearing the news, Mary dropped everything and came to nurse her friend back to health. Her friend soon recovered and Mary decided to stay in Montana settling in Cascade.

Her beginning in Cascade wasn’t smooth. To make ends meet, she first tried her hand at the restaurant business. She opened a restaurant, but she wasn’t much of a chef. And she was also too generous, never refusing to serve a customer who couldn’t pay. So the restaurant failed within a year.

But then in 1895, when in her sixties, Mary, or as “Stagecoach Mary” as she was sometimes called because she never missed a day of work, became the second woman and first African American to work as a mail carrier in the U.S. She got the job because she was the fastest applicant to hitch six horses.

Eventually she retired to a life of running a laundry business. And babysitting all the kids in town. And going to baseball games. And being friends with much of the townsfolk.

This was Mary Fields. A rebel, a legend.

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03/13/2024

High Point Wrestling 15th Annual Golf Outing!!
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