As I mentioned, our next day trip was to Staunton VA. We did end up spending the night though… so Im not sure what to call it anymore.
More than a few things were closed on Mondays (bummer) but we found plenty to keep us busy! Our first stop was to the Chocolatier. Delicious. We came home with chocolate covered pretzels, and a sampling of truffles! We then headed into some of the many antique stores.
In the afternoon we headed to the Frontier Culture Museum. My favorite parts were all the animals roaming around, and learning how linen is made. Starting with harvesting the flax, rotting it, scraping it to get the inner fibers, spinning it, weaving it and then finally bleaching it…it was all super interesting to me.
We left thinking how incredibly lucky and blessed we were that our ancestors did the work and committed to this new life the way they did. They created a whole new country from farmland and woods. Not saying they didnt make huge mistakes, but its amazing how far they came and how hard they worked to get an economy/life/trade/country going.
In the evening, we headed out to Buddy and Jill’s farm! They were so sweet and generous with us! We were able to ride along on the tractor to evening chores. I loved the cows and the chickens so much. Oh my goodness I could be a farm girl! My one goal was to convince a cow to let me touch it. Cows are notoriously shy and skittish so I knew I would have to be slow and patient. Finally one was so busy munching on grass that when it looked up and noticed me my hand was already petting the bridge of its nose. He/She let me for a second longer before moving on. I danced in the cow field…you all know how I like to dance.
Then I held a chicken.
Thanks to Jill for these pictures!!
The chickens were so sweet and pretty. One caught a bug and took off while the others chased it. In a word: hilarious. Also, when we finished collecting eggs and were walking away, they chased after us. Again, hilarious.
Now onto the main show. We woke up the next morning and Jill started to make breakfast. Jared was looking out the window and casually said, “I think I see a cow.” Jill says, “Oh no, we never put the cows down here, that must be a horse.” What Jared should have said was: I see a stampede of cows heading down the hill towards the house. I looked out the window and said to Jill, “Nope, there is definitely a cow over there. It’s ear is tagged.” Jill looked out the window and by her expression and tone we knew this was really, really bad. As we were stepping outside, Buddy comes FLYING up the drive way (he had gone out to get milk for breakfast at another farm and had seen the cows running downhill). He jumped out of the car leaving it running, and starts closing up gates. Cows were everywhere. Next thing I know I am walking through fields, stepping in cow patties, and wrangling cows. Cow girl status. Favorite morning of my life. Two hours later the cows were back in the field they were supposed to be in. Oh gosh guys, it was so amazingly fun. Seriously, can I be a farmer?? I know its not everyone’s cup of tea but it sure is mine. Cows and chickens…sounds good to me.
After all the excitement, we were tired and hungry. Jill made us a delicious breakfast and we headed out. Buddy and Jill- THANK YOU. You are so lovely and sweet.
We drove home through the mountains and talked about our morning, reliving the hoopla. We stayed home the next day and then on Thursday, Staycation 2012 was over. Cant wait till next time! Hey, Buddy and Jill…can we come
live stay with you??