Now I will start with my weekend story! Jonathan, David, Austin and Ella went to Maine on Saturday and stayed overnight. It was a special weekend with PaPa at a Trolley Show. They had a wonderful time and nice they could all be together. Darcy, YaYa (that's me), Rowan and Declan went on our own adventure. We went to West Brattleboro looking for an apple orchard. I thought I knew where an apple orchard was but it just ended up being a nice ride on the wrong road! However, we did however find hay for sale so it was definitely worth the trip on the wrong road. Darcy read the article in "The Commons" this week about the Miller Orchard on Bonneyvale Rd. and knew were that was so we decided to we go there. I was thrilled to see Nancy Miller again and we had a very nice short visit. Off to the orchard we went to pick our apples on the hill behind the farmhouse. Rowan and Declan with small wooden baskets and Darcy with a large bag. We all picked some of the most beautiful Cortland apples! "OH my Goodness" I'm just in little piggy heaven!! I am sure I was a bear in a former life! Put me in a berry patch or an orchard and I am beyond happy.
This reminds me of a funny farm story. Our first year we had sheep, they were in the pasture by the farmhouse. There were huge blackberry bushes all along the fence hanging into the pasture. We had two white sheep Marcus and Willow, but we could not find them. Where are the sheep? Finally I found them under the berry bushes. When they came out to see me.......their faces and nose were very dark purple. I didn't even have to dye the wool - they did it naturally for me......just throw them in the berry patch! HAHA! Next adventure: we have two pear trees and I thought the sheep should have a few to eat. I throw in a few and oh my goodness... Duncan, one of our big rams, starts choking. I jumped over the gate, picked him up and did a couple of heimlich maneuvers and out popped the piece of pear! WHEWWWWW!! I almost wet my pants, thinking I nearly killed my own sheep.
If I wrote a book of all the foolish farm adventures, it would be quite a book. One of our first days with the sheep (and we only have 4 at the time) Willow got her head stuck in the water bucket. The metal handle went over the back of her head and she ran all around with the bucket hanging down in front of her head. She couldn't see where she was going and Darcy and I chased her until our tongues were dragging! We finally got her into the barn and got the bucket off her head!
Oh yes, now back to Saturday with Darcy and her children. We ate lunch and then went to Guilford to the Gaines Farm. Darcy, Rowan and Declan went through the corn maze and I stayed in a lovely wicker rocking chair and watched some of the funniest people. They have small, medium and large bouncy horses as one of the things you can play with. I watched a family go in to use them, the parents each get on a horse and start to bounce then both flopped over on their side and layed there laughing like fools. Of course, I found that extremely funny! There were also rides on the Cow Train which is a four-wheeler pulling little cow cars. I will attach a picture of Rowan and Declan in the cow car. They have hay rides, a farm animal petting barn, pony rides and food for sale. You can also shoot an ear of corn at targets and win a prize. What a nice place to take a family for just plain fun.
We got home about 4 p.m. and I went down to take care of Jack that is my son David's dog. Chores at the farm were done and I helped Darcy give baths to Rowan and Declan. What a nice day just enjoying some wonderful, much needed sunshine adventures.
I worked in West Brattleboro yesterday until 3 p.m. and got home about 4 p.m. Jonathan and David got home about 5 p.m. and Darcy's family had worked all day at the farm. I went up to stay with Rowan and Declan while Darcy and Todd went to the barn to trim hooves on Luther, Spartacus and Blake. Well that is all for now so I will sign off and go get busy. So-long from Maybelle MaMa.