After my real reason for visiting Vermont--helping to judge the Champlain Valley Quilters Guild show (more on that in a bit), I made my way to Shelburne Farms. While the weather was perfect on Wednesday and Thursday, I awoke on Friday to drizzle which quickly became torrential rain. Oh, well--I definitely don't melt!
Here are some of my new friends from the Farm Barn: First are the sheep. They actually stand on the "ladder" in the front and eat the hay out of the top of the bin. The three chickens were quite entertaining on their own.
Can we say "too cute"?
This goat was quite a mooch. Conned me out of part of my pain de chocolate! And you know how I hate to part with anything chocolate. Okay, okay--I really only shared the buttery, flaky pastry part--which was also realllllllyyyyyyy good! Who could resist that face?
This is Ariella, a Brown Swiss cow, one of over 100 raised on the farm. Guess what I did? (Probably NOT what you think!) I learned to milk a cow! It's definitely not how they show it on television. The milk comes out in a stream about the size of a 30 wt thread! And it's fun to aim--hopefully into the bucket!
Can we say rain? What you see is not dripping off any eaves--it's just raining that hard! From where I am standing to the building on the far side is a courtyard of 2 acres! I was at the Farm for about five hours and it rained every single second!
The quilt show was held October 20 and 21 and it was amazing! We judged some stunning quilts, and there were also several exhibits, including some of Vermont's antique quilts. Some of these were over 200 years old. What a thrill to see them up close and personal.
When I started to post tonight, I realized I had really fallen down on the blogging job this month--only four! So I am going to try really hard to blog every day for the rest of the month to get that count up. But I also realized that I am easily going to beat my yearly total from last year! So there's the good and the bad news!
I have about two more posts from my away mission, but I may take a break to show you a couple new things before continuing. Only time will tell--stay tuned.
P.S. I am listening to Black List by Brad Thor. And I am still knitting while waiting for downloads!