photo of the day (nick comes home)

piggy_back

All good things come to an end and it was time for Nick’s farm trip to be over and for him to come home. Clare and I headed up North to pick him up. Clare hadn’t seen the farm and I knew once we got there, it wouldn’t be easy to get her or her brother into the car for the trip home. Nick needed to spend some time saying goodbye to his new found friends and Clare needed to spend some time with the animals before she was ready to leave.

We made really good time and arrived at the farm early so we wandered around a bit behind the barn.

this_little_piggy

We visited the piggies and under the watchful eye of a rather large mother sow, we said hi to the piglets.

kerry

The cows were having their lunch. When I dropped Nick off on Monday, I paid the cows a quick visit but I didn’t linger because it was cold and rainy. I noticed that each cow had two ear tags but I didn’t pay much attention because I’m used to seeing cows with ear tags. Today I noticed that instead of numbers like I’ve seen before, each cow had a name.

love

This is one of the older calves named Love.

feet

We finally found everyone gathered in the back of the barn by the playground. I don’t think the kids were ready to separate so they kept on playing until most of the parents had arrived and everyone started heading over to the cafe next door for lunch. Here and there, someone would say goodbye and head off for home. My son likes to be the last to leave and so we headed over to the playground to linger for little while longer.

beauty

The playground bordered on a large cow pasture filled with cows and their new calves. This is Beauty and her mom, Broccoli. At milking time all the cows just got up and headed towards the barn. One of the farmers came out to help the process along, but it was amazing how the cows just knew what time it was and where they needed to go.

milking_time

babies

Every once and awhile, a calf or two would cross under the fence into the playground and have to be encouraged to rejoin the herd. Here’s Beauty, Lad and another little one making a break for the swings. We watched the cows making their trek to the barn and when they were gone, we knew it was time for us to leave, too. Nick said his goodbyes and we got in the car for the drive back to Connecticut. I’m sure that Nick is already looking forward to next year’s farm trip.

~ by photobella on 10 April, 2009.

One Response to “photo of the day (nick comes home)”

  1. I love the photo with the hanging legs.

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