|Huge Sock Monkey at the Candy Shop|
|Giant 5 lb Lollipop!|
|Poor Pitiful Work Horses|
Then we loaded a mini bus with about 10 other people and headed down the road while our bus driver dodged traffic and horse buggies, literally, and narrated into a headphone microphone. Not only did we get the history of the Amish and a lot of stories about the area, we got lots of dialogue between her and the people in the cars/buggies all around us as she navigated the streets. It was quite entertaining... and a bit frightening a couple of times!
The first stop on our tour was at the Esh Dairy Farm. When we were walking toward the barn to begin our tour, we noticed a lot of kittens/cats hanging around at the barn door. They seemed to know it was milking time too. All the cows were lined up at their stations ready to be relieved of their heavy load. I was in pain just looking at them.
|Check out all the kittens/cats waiting for a drop of milk!|
|Just look at that face!|
|At least they get to eat while they get milked.|
|Got milk? Looks so painful!|
|Taking a load off!|
After our tour of the barn, we walked around back to see their home, their vehicle/buggy, and where the children played. They also had a couple of peacocks... who didn't enjoy us getting too close.
|A look inside the buggy|
Then we wandered back to the front and into their gift shop where a teenage girl was waiting on us. There was a small light inside that was powered by a generator... I am so spoiled. The quilts were amazing. Since the girls and I had started taking an online class at the beginning of the summer to learn to make a quilt, I knew how much work went into making them. The teenage girl then pulled what looked like a quilted pillow off of the shelf and introduced us to a "quillow." She proceeded to pull a quilt out of the pillow, and we realized it was all attached. She folded the quilt back up and tucked it back into a pocket, and it turned back into a pillow... thus, a quillow! The girls were amazed, I was amazed, Scott was amazed. Scott just looked over at the girls and said, "Pick one out." Fortunately, they weren't anywhere near the cost of the full size quilts hanging around the room, which ranged from $600-$1200, and we ended up snatching two more for Nana and Mimi for Christmas! Score!
|Snuggling under our new Quillows!|
It was then time to load the bus for our next destination - Smucker's Gourd Farm. Stay tuned for more of our tour.