Monday, July 25, 2011

Horses, Alpacas and Wine, oh my!

I was going to save these precious words for a more important day.  Then I remembered that I haven't been posting much, and I probably owe you guys a freebie. 

Saturday we went to visit a friend of mine on her farm (and winery).  She's just outside of Amish country, so we figured we'd make a day of it.  Since my blog might be questionable as advertising for her endeavors, I won't mention it by name.  If you want to visit, shoot me an e-mail and I'll give you the info.

Mrs. JoAnn was our host.  She is an amazing person, as is her husband!  During the week she does foundation work up here in Cleveland, and on the weekends she tends the farm and winery.  Here she's showing PB and LG the pond, and looking for fishies.

 Then she took us over to the horse barn to meet some equine friends.  We brought lots of carrots, so we were VERY welcome into their home.  Little o heard one of the horses blow their lips, and has now decided that horses don't say "neigh" at all.  When you ask what a horse says, he will now blows his lips at you.  Very polite, I know.  This is what happens when you learn your manners in a barn...
 I got a little horsey loving from Dancer.  LG was in typical 3 year old mode, and chose to kick up the sawdust floor rather than feed the horses.  Little o was in heaven touching horse ears.  Since it's been such a hot summer, the horses hang out in the barn during the day.  They go out into the fields when it's cooler in the evening.

 LG drove the gator into the barn for Mrs. JoAnn, while little o did some flirting.  He was a bit upset as he tried to explain to Mrs. JoAnn that HE drives, and LG shoots the guns.  It took some back story to explain that at all the fair rides this summer, we've put little o at the wheel and LG behind the artillery.  It just seems like the responsible thing to do.

 LG on his way to the tractor barn.  He had a great time running through the fields and chasing butterflies.  We live on a fair bit of land, so he's used to running around.  Running on the lawn is NOTHING compared to running through a field, though.  He was in heaven.
 The boys got to sit on the big tractors, but since it was 97 in the shade, we didn't start them up.

 Here are the girls.  Notice their fancy hair dos.  I had never seen an alpaca before, and I had no idea they were so soft!  And sweet!  These girls were just a pleasure to be around.
 Little o looking all sweet and innocent.
 Until he attempted to scale the fence and climb into the alpaca pen (where they were encouraging him with kisses and nudges!)  He was our grand adventurer this trip.  LG was unusually shy and not really open to being near the animals (a weird trend for him.  He used to love all animals, now he shies away from even the dogs we know well.) 
 He settled for feeding them.  This girl had a fondness for PB.  She would give him a kiss, then hide her head behind him when I tried to get a shot.  Apparently, alpacas are playful (and PB loves a pretty girl).
At the end of our journey, we stopped at the winery.  While PB and I sampled their wines, the boys made good use of the wide open floor plan by running wild through the top floor (we were the only guests at the time).  Even in the 95 degree heat, all they wanted to do was run and climb.  I'm withering just thinking about it.

All in all, it was a great day.  We rounded it out with a few stops at our favorite Amish country places (Guggisberg Cheese, Lehman's Hardware and Der Dutchman for dinner.)  When we got home the boys were exhausted (a great state for a little boy.)


Jan said...

Why do you think your blog would not be a good venue for advertising their winery? If it's a certain winery close to Walnut Creek General Store, I think I know it.

I'm not a big fan of Der Dutchman, but ah, Lehman's - they have SO much of my money.

And thank you for the pics - I needed that. :)

Sprite's Keeper said...

Oh, blessed cute pictures of little boys sitting on big tractors, makes me wish for a little boy of my own. (What? Sometimes the girl stuff is just a little too girl for me too..)

The Crazy Coxes said...

It looks like the perfect day! Love the pics. I'm sure the boys were heaven with the tractors!

Captain Dumbass said...

Looks like a good time. Wish I had some wine right now.

blueviolet said...

It sounds wonderful, and I think it's great the kids had a chance to run some energy off while you sipped on some delicious wines. :)

Those hairdos on the alpacas make me laugh!

Betsy said...

The alpacas look like they are wearing toupees. Hey, thanks for your comment at Numbmum. It gave me chills.

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Pseudo said...

Your kids are adorable. Don't boys just love tractors?

Me? I want an alpaca!

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