Monday, September 29, 2008

The farmstay weekend

Thought I'd write a few words about our recent visit to a farmstay for a weekend. Just an excuse to put some of my favourite photos on my new blog, really. I had been promising E. a stay on a farm for months and thought September would be a good time - hopefully a few baby animals to cuddle. We were not disappointed as there were calves, two enchanting black lambs (avid breastfeeders just like G.), and a youngish chicken who became the love of E.'s life while we were there. She even got to name her - Gingernut.

Of course, there were big animals too, including an ex-racehorse, Tess, who galloped past our cabin in a huge panic not long after we arrived. Luckily, E. managed to duck back inside our gate to safety after initially panicking herself (taking a cue from her mother who could see carnage happening) and darting towards the horse who was flinging her legs and mane in all directions. Thankfully, the goats, sheep, ducks, border collie and geese had calmer temperaments.

It was a beautiful place - with views down the mountain to our home town in the distance. The air was decidedly crisp (enough to give G. a mild case of croup at night) but Spring was in the air. We had a cosy cabin and a pot-bellied stove and enough Rocky Road to sink a ship courtesy of Fathers' Day presents from schoo
l and family day-care. Having spent several years roaming on friends' farms in my childhood, I was so glad to give a taste of it to my girls. Thankfully they didn't roam off by themselves like we used to do and play in the forbidden grain silos! All in all, it was a really special weekend.


Le @ Third on the Right said...

You are my last comment before I toddle off to bed - big day tomorrow - off on a steam train to the railway Museum ..

Don't you think this is a great way to capture memories ... I do.

The boys now like to see their pics on my blog ... that is fun

TIP - load all pics first before you write anything - any more than three takes forever - I mostly reduce in size to approx 90kbs and then upload two at a time.

Then move the pics around in the words to where you want them.

Nighty nite le

Le @ Third on the Right said...

ohhh pics look great - header too - nice on honey child - hugs le

Dee from Downunder said...

When I was little, we always went to a farm stay for our holidays, had some great memories from them too.