The original focus of the Field Trip was a trip to my sister's farm (or homestead, the term they prefer). My sister, along with her husband and 4 young children, moved to a 19 acre property a few months ago. Neither of them are what you would call 'country folk', but they are energetic, enthusiastic and willing to learn what they need to know to have the kind of live they envision for their family. From what I understand, the plan is to work toward becoming as self-sufficient as possible, starting with raising and growing their own food.
Not only is it fun to visit our cousins, the drive to get there is peaceful, and chocked full of fun little towns and inspiring vistas.
|Any town with a Watermelon Festival is worth a visit, in our opinion.|
|Where the letters to the Corinthians are sent, I presume.|
The first time we visited was in February.
We toured the house and property and got a feel for what their new life was going to be like. We even got to meet Minew, the cat that belonged to the previous owners of the property. They were in a temporary location for a few months, so they thought it would be best for the kitty if she stayed on the farm until they were settled. She incredibly friendly and followed us everywhere we went.
|Mimi was enchanted.|
Minew's humans came to collect her a few weeks ago, and I'm sure she's happy and settled into her new home. I must say though, I was sad not to see her run up to the car when we arrived this morning.
Today's visit was all about spring!
|Erythronium dens-canis, 'dogtooth violet'|
|posing by the chicken coop in February|
But if it's cuteness you're after, you really can't top ducklings.
|Muscovy ducklings, 4 days old.|
|Let's just enjoy them while they are gorgeous, shall we?|