Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Darn Near Perfect Day

After a morning of checking cattle, cleaning the little chicken coop, and other such chores, the Blacksmith and I headed to Amish Country for a nice peaceful afternoon. I’ve often said this outing is one of the best stress-relievers I’ve ever found (that is, besides my renewed hobby of baby chick cuddling or the always-calming little donkey hugs).

Headed down the road to one of the new Amish stores, our first relaxing sight…

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The Macedonia School…

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We bought lumber for the next project (bigger chicken coop) at the Amish lumberyard. This is what was going on outside the yard…

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Along the way, we stopped at one of the Blacksmith’s Amish friend’s home. He is an older gentleman who has been ill for quite awhile, but happily is doing better now. He was helping his wife piece a quilt. Yes, it’s true, an Amish man was quilting. Much to my delight, his wife invited me in also, and we visited inside and outside for awhile. They are both treasures! I had bought some bread in her bakery and then she gave me three nice starts of Rose of Sharon. She also showed me how she makes a wren house out of a worn out straw hat.

On the way home we stopped by our “English” friends who have the blueberry patch. They truly have a history-rich home which I hope to share more of in a future blog post (if it’s agreeable with both of them).  We sampled organic cherries and blueberries… yum!

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Ah yes, what a nice, non-stressful afternoon. Just what we both needed. But then, there was more baby chick cuddling in store when we returned home. They have grown soooo much! Can you tell?

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After a little run is made to go with the little portable coop, we’ll begin on the bigger permanent coop. All 17 chicks are doing well so far (I miscounted in the beginning – they sent me an extra baby). Thanks, Cackle!

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

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36 comments:

Snappy Di said...

Love the picture of the cherries! It does sound like a darn near perfect day.

Di

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

What a beautiful day you had! From one mother hen to another, I am so enjoying seeing you cuddle your chicks.and they truly are growing. Thanks for the update. I pray your dh friend gets to feeling better.
Blessings,
Sue

Kilauea Poetry said...

What a delightful way to relieve stress Tammy- a cool journey, and the photos are superb..they took me right in!! I'm intrigued by so many terrific skills and yet it doesn't surprise me!! The blueberries & cherries sound awesome..and yes, I can see your chicks are getting big! So your going to build a bigger coop? Well I'll be looking forward to that and the historic house too! Your header is lovely as well! Regards, Regina-

Mountain Woman said...

Sounds like a wonderful day and the photos were lovely. I am getting my chicks from Cackle Hatchery and I had to delay them and they were very kind to me. Your baby chicks are adorable.

Feral Female said...

That does sound like a darn near perfect day!

Diana said...

Gotta love those days!!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

I love you neck of the woods.
Glad to see a post from you, I knew you all had been busy.
Hope PW makes the meeting satruday. I am not going :(, I will have all 3 grandkids for the weekend.
Those chicks are so adorable!!!

Rural Revival said...

What a lovely day and my how quickly those chicks are growing!

Tammy, I love the processing on your photos, gorgeous!!

Be well ~Andrea~

Walking on Sunshine... said...

My hubby and I went to our Amish Country back in November and it was the best time I've had in ages. Of course, I don't have any stories like your visit!!! Glad the chicks are doing well!

Down On The Farm said...

It sounds like the perfect day. Good for you! I too love going to Amish stores. Everything just seems to move slower there, and I like that. It is a nice change because my life seems to move 100 mph!

Barbara said...

What a good post, I just love your farm and all your tales, hope you have a great day my friend, be blessed, Hugs Barbara

Mary Ann Miller said...

Thanks for letting your bloggie friends tag along on your little trip. I enjoyed it too!! Those little chicks are adorable.

~Tonia said...

Sounds like a good day!! I live not far from Cackle Hatchery and they have always dealt very well with us. Of course I have been going in there since I was a little girl.
My little chicks are starting to crow and act like big chicks.They are so silly!

Country Dreaming said...

Good to see you again. Been busy? :)
Amish country is one of my favorite place to
go. they have such wonderful things to purchase and I truely enjoy observing them in their world.
Great fun always.
Have fun with the cuddlers!

Melinda

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Good morning Tammy! What a wonderful day you had and what a special treat to be able to visit with an Amish couple. You'll have to pass along what you learned about making a wren house out of a straw hat...that sounds VERY interesting. Love the photo of the Amish gentlemen moving the logs with the horses. Your chicks are really growing...in a few more months you'll be getting eggs! Enjoy your day...Maura :)

The Urban Cowboy said...

Wow, you're already off on another chicken coup! Really liked the last one, is it going to be a bigger one of the last design?

Jackie said...

What a great day! The chicks are so adorable...I wouldn't get anything done because I'd be snuggling all the time. Slowing down and taking a little trip like that sounds great!

Talk to you soon.
Jackie

Life is good! said...

it sounds just perfect! i would love a nice little escape like that.

Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

What a wonderful day! And the chicks....they are so adorable. Can't wait to see the next coop!!
-Staci

Deanna said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. We always enjoy getting away and visiting the Amish stores.

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2010 said...

Hi Tammy! Oh it does sound like a wonderful day! The chicks have grown and they're so darn cute. I love the cherry picture...just perfect! :)

morningbrayfarm.com said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Great post (as always) and beautiful pictures. I especially like that first one! I look forward to every one of your posts. :) Please give Ruby and Gracie hugs from us!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

It looks like you had a really fun outing :) :)

GardenofDaisies said...

Such a lovely way to spend the day with your neighbors! :-) Are the blueberries ready? I'd better get myself over to the farmers market this weekend then.

McVal said...

Like a step back in time! What a great time you must have had!

Rural Rambler said...

Tammy it is so true that a trip to the Amish can just bring peace to the soul. The countryside is beautiful and their neat and orderly farms are soothing. We love to take day trips on the country roads. Your chicks are growing up :) Love your picture of the Amish lumber yard. Your header is beautiful, it takes me way back. Memeories of when I was little.

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Ahhh, thanks, I needed that!!! :-)
Things on our farm have been frantic busy and I do enjoy a good quiet (4 legged) cuddle to relieve stress. In fact, I prayed for strength the other day and was answered with "a piece of quiet" and a good snuggle w/a pony... Love all your pics and words.
hugs,
Leslie
PS - I thought of you as I hung my THREE gingham blouses to dry. And I won't mention my DD who's wardrobe's largely gingham! Glad there's another farm gal out there like me! <3

Catherine said...

Hi Tammy! i love Amish country, i went to Lancaster and i loved it! sorry i'm not going on my blog at the moment, but my son is leaving on the 24 june for Washington and i must movr him from his flat in Paris and prepare everything for him before he leaves ( as he has not much time to do it himself) see you soon , wish you a good week, the chicks are growing too quickly! catherine

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Barbara said...

Sounds like such a wonderfully peaceful day, I love days like that, hugs my friend, Barbara

Marydon said...

You are so right ... want to relax, head to Amish country ... there is just a peace that comes over us as we drive in the rural regions.

Those little fuzzy 'things' are too cute! And, an extra to boot! Hope it was a hen ...

Happy Father's Day to your hubs!
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Sandra said...

Enjoyed my visit to Flat Creek Farm today; lovely photos. Last year I met a gentleman quilter who, routinely wins blue ribbon at the WV state fair. He sells his quilts for thousands of dollars so he must be doing a lot of things right.

Lanora said...

Love your posts, I could feel the stress leave as I read the post.

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

What beautiful pictures of the wonderful area you live in! Fantastic! Exactly my kind of day! So glad you got to enjoy. Loving those chicks. We just ordered more. Can not wait for them to arrive

Cheryl said...

Oh! You know how much I love the Amish, great photos...reading yet another book. I could use some chick cuddling, my older girls don't like to cuddle much anymore, I miss the baby stage.
My computer has been sick but it is all better now! Time to catch up....

Galloping Goats Farm said...

Thjat sounds like a great day! Shannon

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