Sunday, November 14, 2010

{ a perfect fall day on the farm }

My father, whom Aidan and Olivia fondly refer to as Papa, owns a horse and boards it at a farm that's about 15 minutes from our house. We don't get out there enough as we should, but last Thursday was a gorgeous warm, sunny day here, so I took the kids out for the day.

They had a great time riding Alex, and he's so gentle with them. We started in the arena.

Alex checked Aidan out before letting him hop on.

And then they were off.

Olivia was up next!

In the meantime, Aidan found an old chariot-type thing {I obviously am not well versed in neither farm nor horse lingo} and climbed up.

It was such a beautiful day that we decided to lead Alex outside to the outdoor area for a bit. Olivia rode him from the indoor arena out into the sunshine.

Of course, Aidan couldn't go without a chance to ride Alex in the sunshine too, so he took another turn.

And Olivia was happy to sit on the ground...

and pick grass, which she was convinced was hay.

See how much these kids love Alex? It's so sweet to see them together, and he's really so gentle with them. I think he's actually pretty fond of the kids too.

Olivia and I took a stroll over to the goats and fed one a carrot. He gobbled that thing up in no time!

And then she tried feeding him the "hay" that she had picked earlier. The goat wasn't near as keen on eating that.

Which, I think confused her a little bit.

As it did the goat too. I guess grass isn't nearly as yummy as carrots are.

From there it was onto the barn where Alex's stable is. Olivia was very interested in these two horses.

Who in turn, were just as interested in her.

Then it was time for Alex's treat. Carrots!

And a day on the farm wouldn't be complete without farm chores. Aidan and Olivia helped put down fresh straw on the floor of Alex's stall.

And they raked it smooth together...

...while another horse came over to see what was going on.

Eddie, the farmer, recently purchased this antique tractor. It's from the 1940s and runs. It's a beautiful machine.

We took a stroll over to the new hen house, which was guarded by a pretty noisy little rooster.

We get our eggs from these chickens!

Then it was over to another barn on the farm to see a few more horses.

The future farm boy himself!

Aidan has been telling us for quite some time that he wants to be a farmer when he grows up, and now Olivia is saying that too, so it will be interesting to see how long this continues. But I have to tell you, if I had my way, I think it would be great to live on a mini farm like that. Maybe I'm just a farm girl at heart after all, too.
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