Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day out at the Farm...

Last weekend while Scotland endured a snowstorm, we here in the south had a beautiful spring day (Sorry Scotland...I did think of you!)

I have been craving a day out since January so when I saw the forecast was dry, I gathered the family and we set off for a day out at the farm.  This time of year is so much fun as the lambs and the kids are arriving and the weather is still cool enough that the animals want to come over and say hello.



We opted to visit a farm that I heard about through a friend.  West Lodge Rural Centre in Northamptonshire has a multitude of things to entertain the whole family.  Not far from jct 3 off the A14 it was easy to get to from Rugby and with a packed lunch we were set for the day.  Not only did they have sheep and goats, but they also had an array of other animals to look at and feed.



  This donkey posed so nicely for the camera and I can't help think of Donkey from Shrek!  What a cutie!



Now this little lady was adorable.  She was a very pregnant goat, but was so tame that she allowed DD1 and DD2 to place their hands on her sides and feel the little kid inside move.  She was patient and not at all skittish as one would expect.  DD1 really connected with her and she seem to love all the attention and be listening attentively to all the praise DD1 was giving here.  It was a very special moment. :o)



The Rastafarian Goat...just how can it see??



Now if the animals weren't enough fun..the West Lodge also has a set of walking trails.  Something to thrill even the oldest child, there was a witch's house to be found and a troll bridge to cross. 



If you asked DD2 what was her most favourite part of the day...it was seeing this guy!  What a treat to see a peacock!  I snapped several pictures and was really pleased how the colours came up...what a stunning bird!

Until next time...

20 comments:

Jackie said...

What a wonderful day out! And all the photos are simply stunning! They all looked like they posed just for you!

Ellyn said...

haha that rastafarian goat looks like my son! beautiful photos from a lovely day! thanks for sharing

pinsandneedles said...

What a fun day! Love the rastafarian goat. Beautiful photos!

Amanda said...

What a great day you all had. I used to love visiting farms when my sons were small. I want that donkey ... and the rastafarian goat ...

Rachel said...

What a wonderful outing! The little lamb and kid are so cute. They are definitely signs of spring.

YankeeQuilter said...

What a great farm to visit...love all the different goats and sheep. We had a peacock living a few houses away in the U.K...beautiful but oh so noisy!

Needled Mom said...

What a fun day and your pictures are absolutely stunning!!!!

Lesley Boost said...

Love your photo of the Rastafarian Goat.

Timi said...

I love all your photos, but the one with your daughter with the goat is sooo cute!!!
That rastafarian goat looks so smart...:o)
I am glad you had a great day!

Me and Tilly Too said...

Looks like a fabulous family day, Jane. Glad you got out, it's good for the soul. Loving the rastafarian goat, yes, how does he see? Thanks for sharing.

Kim said...

A great place to spend the day wandering about discovering fun creatures and places...trolls and a witch house?! Scary stuff. Heehehee

Lina said...

A lovely family day out and an amazing capture of the peacock. Stunning!

Terry said...

What a great day out! I love the Rastafarian Goat! A neighbor of ours raises pygmy goats and we can't wait for the little ones to arrive! :0)

Gwargedd said...

What a fun looking place to visit love the bridge and witches house. The donkey is a real cutie and does remind me of the one in Sherk. Thanks for sharing.

LynCC said...

How fun! My daughters and I enjoyed spending time at a sheep farm in cental Wales two spring breaks ago. Sure wish Great Britain were a bit easier to get to! :D

Jane in Wales said...

Oh what fun! I love the Rastafarian!! Lovely photos.
Jane

Quilter Kathy said...

What a fun place...gorgeous photos, as always!

Cathi said...

What a magical day! The animals, the peacock, the walking trails -- all fabulous memories to be tucked away!

Karen said...

Wow, Jane, what a lovely trip. I admit that I visit blogs for the photos first, but that story about the pregnant goat is so neat!!

Leanne said...

Thanks for taking me to the farm for a visit. Love the donkey only a mother could love that face, as always you photography is fantastic.