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We are home from our trip, still without answers, unsure of what we want to do….not that’s half a lie, I’m pretty sure I want to stay in New Hampshire, I love the seasons, I love the snow, the cool air, this is home. Toph is still unsure, has talked of us going back down with the kid’s, dogs, cat, fish, and ferret and staying for three months to get a feel and then decide.

We will see, it is beautiful down there but too hot at the same time.

On our first full day we arrived in Amish Country PA

Homemade root beer was purchased

We went on a tour and though I haven’t worked with horses for 20 years, I was complimented by a nice Amish man on how well I handled his team. He didn’t seem to believe me when I told how I grew up on a farm, but driving the horses back to the tour area he looked at me and said “Oh wow, you have done this before!”

We stopped at several beautiful shops and me being me, well…

Wool was a must (then I came home to a greater surprise when my friend down the road gifted me with a 55 gallon trash bag full of alpaca.)

On day two we found ourselves in Virginia, we drove on the Skyline Highway

Went on a 7.9 mile hike

Where we made a friend

Virginia is truly a beautiful state

We stopped overnight in Tennessee before heading to North Carolina to stay with family for a night.

We went on another hike and met another friend

This one did not want to leave the trail, didn’t care that we were there (the other deer was a bit skittish).

We headed back to Virginia and toward the destination of the childhood home of the creator of one of my favorite shows

The museum is set up in the former high school in Schuyler Virginia, just down the road you will find the Hamner house and a little further down the road is a shop that is little gift shop where I purchased a book that was (maybe) signed by Earl Hamner Jr.

I very much enjoyed the little town, it was beautiful and the museum was perfect! Everything at the gift shop was beautiful and affordable. I highly recommend visiting.

The last day in Virginia was spent in Swoope, we have previously been here to visit Joel Salatin from Polyface farm, unfortunately we got there right after closing but it was worth the excursion.

My favorite place at the end of the trip was of course home, sitting around the fire, watching the sunset and enjoying the sound of the critters.

Have a great day folks!

If it weren’t for rainstorms….

I’d never have a chance to sit down and write. Technically I should be folding laundry on this semi-stormy day, but I wanted to sit down and write a bit while I’m awake. I’ve been busy nonstop for the last couple of weeks, I got a chance to visit sheep shearing day at a farm not to far from here, they raise a cross of Romney, Border Leister, and Texel breeds. I managed to pick up several pounds (yes, you read that right) of wool

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Right now it is packed away, awaiting our move. In a few weeks I will be able to break it out and start processing it!! I have plans for this lovely bit of wool which include maybe selling a pound of it, it also may or may not include a floor loom. I’ve got time to think it over.

Now before I continue I need nay, want to give a shout out to this awesome spa called Organical Botanical, I was able to go as a Mother’s Day present, I had been before but it is just an awesome place to be, the prices are incredible. When you walk in you get a peaceful sense of calm, the scents in the air are soothing and the entire atmosphere is just amazing.

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These are the only items in our bathroom cabinet.
(I am in no way getting paid for this, I truly love this place), if you live near East Greenwich RI, I highly suggest checking it out!!

Our main reason for this trip was to go see Joel Salatin, however, it quickly got turned into a home school trip while planning it. It was nice to be able to travel with the kids and for them to see more of the country. We took an afternoon to visit Lancaster Pennsylvania and the kids were able to learn about the Amish lifestyle and took a tour of a replica of an Amish school/house.
They also got to visit Turkey Hill to see how ice cream is made (the factory way), and to make their own favors, “packages”,& “commercials”

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My favorite part was the all you cold eat ice cream and all you could drink tea 😉

We took a drive on the Shenandoah skyline

20140526-124135.jpg we stopped for a bit to walk part of the Appalachian trail and the kids made fairy houses.
Now I am afraid of heights and my husband, while a good driver, still manages to scare me with his teasing, which is how the first honeycomb in my bee keepers quilt (another Tiny Owl Knits project) came to be

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I didn’t have stuffing for it and forgot my crochet hook at home, but I think it turned out nicely.

We were able to take a tour of the Shenandoah Caverns as well, or as my kids called it, the bacon caverns

20140526-124849.jpg it was very beautiful inside and despite my fear of small spaces, I was able to see 95% of the cavern, while Toph assured me that the 5% I didn’t get to see would not have worked out too well for me.

We spent some time at the Frontier Culture Museum learning about people who came (or we forced over) to settle in America from Germany, Ireland, and England, and Africa and what their lives were life before coming over

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We were invited to pick spinach from the garden with the ladies of the German house

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Each house grows food related to the country that it is based upon. Most of the houses were taken down piece by piece and numbered and then shipped over to America and put back together.

After the Frontier museum, we finally got to our main destination Polyface Farm, it was exciting to be there and to hear all that Joel had to say (though Toph has read just about every single book Joel has written, so it was more just to be there then anything else).

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They loved playing with the resident akbash

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The tour was about two hours long, though we stayed long past that time to chat with Joel

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Leif picked out a shirt and decided Lorelai needed the same.

We ended our day driving over the blue ridge parkway

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Which again, was another nerve wracking drive and is how this honeycomb came to be.

We ended the educational part of our vacation with a trip to Jamestowne settlement

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Last but not least, the kids did so well on the trip not complaining (well…they did, but not as much as we expected they would), that we ended our trip at Busch Gardens, where Lorelai got to see her latest animal obsession

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Have a great day folks!