"Awesomely Cool" was how the kids described our first outing to Al-Sorat Farm... and who could blame them? It was a day of many firsts for them. Let me stop right here and give a heartfelt thanks to Maryanne, our hostess. The kids had a wonderful time, as did we, and we blame her entirely... well, ok, she had a lot of furry 4-legged accomplices... but because we accuse Maryanne of being responsible for their sweet and loving upbringing, she gets full blame for our having a very nice day on her farm. She gets much thanks also for answering all our questions, spending so much time explaining everything, and teaching the kids (and us) about her animals. It was a true pleasure, and we look forward to visiting again soon!
The kids had never been hands-on close to goats or donkeys before, definitely not baby goats, and even the opportunity to run, pet and play with the dogs was a new experience. They are used to cats - and indoor cats at that. Having a chance to cuddle the pups was fun! I have to say that I was surprised. I thought Brian would be more interested in the dogs, and Honor, the baby goats, but I got it backwards. Honor was a little overwhelmed by the dogs at first, but she reacted well. No squealing and running, or otherwise acting like bait. She stood still and listened. Soon enough she was talking to them like old friends. Not that I was worried, these dogs are well-trained and it shows, but I am happy that she behaved properly around them. Brian jumped right in - in his usual scientific manner - when it came to the horses too, asking questions and stating opinions. (Thanks for letting him ride Lily, his instant favorite!)
I like that when I asked them what their favorite part of the day was, they could not make up their mind and listed everything!
As I couldn't pick a favorite picture, I made a slide show. I was thinking of using a rock song as background music - because 'rockin'!' was another adjective the kids have used to describe their day - but I used an Enya song, "Anywhere Is", instead. That was the tune that kept going through my mind as I looked at the photos.