I thought my life would be more relaxed after my daughter’s wedding but no, I was very wrong. I had to be away again. This time to visit my eldest daughter who was down with quite bad body rashes. Couldn’t figure out what she was suddenly allergic to but it has gone after some medication from the doctor. This time she has me ALL for herself!. She told me she’ll pretend to be sick every now and then so that I would come and stay with her!…..huh…..*shaking my head*. Just wait til the daddy reads this…..haha.
Oh well, we have a great time of mother-daughter bonding and of course she doesn’t have to cook which of course makes the daddy very jealous…..*big grin*. That’s why she’s smiling everyday even when she was suffering from rashes! (Will leave the cooking and baking to another post.) I’m just very excited to share what we did.
She took me to an animal farm nearby….a big one….yay! That’s so exciting. I love to watch animals. National Geographic and animals are one of my top favourites. They just fascinate me to the core. Though there are not that many types of animals as you find in the zoo, it’s enough to keep me there for a LONG time. And with many mothers with their little ones there, it makes it even more fun as we get to stroke some of the animals and smile at each other. Of course I mean the kids and I if you are wondering……haha. If the animals can smile, I would stay even much longer……haha. You probably won’t believe. I have been there EVERYDAY!!….*BIG grin*
The best of all is a VERY close encounter with a squirrel! It came so close as to kiss my hand when I stretched out to him….wow….gorgeous feeling! I even thought it gave me a smile! Awwwww…..such an acceptance of friendship! That makes my day and erase whatever blues that engulfed me….*big smiles*. Ben Williams said, “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” I can similarly say that “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a squirrel kissing your hand.”….*BIG smiles*.
I always love the horses. But then their size quite frightens me when you get near. However one sweet little girl helped me overcome that. She was happily and boldly feeding the horses from her hands……wow! I gingerly got up next to her and stroke the horses neck and side of the body. My gosh….I felt SO happy and proud to be able to do that without running away. SO therapeutic! Sometimes in life we do need to learn from the little ones!
There were donkeys there too, so much smaller than the horses. They remind me of a childhood school song, ‘Hee Haw says the donkey at the break of day…..”
I think they look cute when they stand beside the horses, even from the back side…..hehe. But then, the horse definitely look more posh.
You probably can’t believe it. I even love the goats, for once. They were really interesting animals. There were 2 types there…the pygmy goats (small) and the Anglo Nubian goats (big). They eat carrots and grass.
One of them took a whole big carrot from my hand and ate it all, standing up and the head tilted up. I was so worried it would get choked and die! So silly, worry for nothing…..haha. It finished the whole carrot that way and still survived! In life, don’t worry too much. In fact most of the things that we worry never happen! So, why waste your time and energy if you are one of them. Worry is just like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but doesn’t take you to anywhere.
Another time I went, I decided to stroke the goats. More daring now huh….*big smiles*. Oh…the goats really liked it. My daughter asked me how did I know how to stroke it. I replied, “Just like when I stroke a cat!”…..haha. It works!….*big smiles*. I even tried it on the sheep and it worked too….yay.
However, I created trouble. There was a little girl in a stroller next to me. She must be less than 2 years old. When she saw me stroking the goats, she started kicking and laughing. Then suddenly she started screaming. She wanted to do it too. Uh…oh…….oooops. What a trouble maker I was….haha. I looked at the mother and she looked at me and we smiled to each other…..*big grin*. Remember in life, always smile when hopelessness is inevitable. It lightens the heart, not only to yourself but to people around you. The mother let the little girl out of the stroller and let her stroke the goats. You should have seen the awesome delight on her face………just heavenly! But the mother sternly told her, “Don’t touch the mouth. It may just bite it off thinking it’s sausage!” I just couldn’t help laughing when she said that………too cute….haha. Mothers always say all sorts of things to their children to keep them well behaved…..haha
Love the llamas there too. But they are not as friendly. They don’t really like to be touched. Or maybe they want but too shy. But it’s really nice to get up close to them.
Oh…..the chickens here are so fluffy! They look like a ball of feathers….haha. I bet they need that due to the cold here. They are so pretty. There was another much bigger and nicer one which is golden in colour. But it’s a little too far for me to get a good shot. You can have a tiny little glimpse at the top right corner in the picture here. There are turkeys too.
And the pigs…..oink oink. They look different from the ones back home in Malaysia as far as I remember. The ears are so big that they cover the eyes. Wonder how they move around. I suppose that’s why they don’t really move but to eat and sleep and get fat. I didn’t take a picture of it the first time I went there. During subsequent visits, I didn’t see them. They must be hiding in the nice little house of theirs, snoring away.
The sheep however look rather dirty. They are very friendly though and look very innocent. It’s nice to get to stroke them. I even managed to lure one very close to the fence for a guy who was desperately trying to get a good picture of it. My gosh….he took so many shots which he thanked me profusely after that. What a good feeling to be able to offer even a little tiny help! I wish there were little lambs but it’s not the season. Lambing is around April if I am not wrong.
After all the fun, there were water taps and hand wash liquid nearby to wash our hands. That’s so helpful.
Oh wait, on my third trip there, there were Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. All the kids went wild with excitement…..me too…..haha. They were there to entertain the kids. They walked with the kids around the farm and played in the big field. That’s really so fun.
Talking about the kids. Well, I was much amused by this sign board….Free Range Children!…..haha. So far I have only heard of free range chicken.
And more. There were lots of blackberries along the paths in the animal farm. Even though they are quite far from the animals, I decided not to pick them just in case they are contaminated. This is the first time I saw it.
Well, that’s so much about all the fun that I had at the animal farm. I’m off to make a cup of coffee while singing one of my favourite childhood songs, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm….eieio”.
Now, what about making a trip to an animal farm nearby your place? It’s very relaxing. It breaks the monotony of life and adds meaning to it. Have fun if you do and don’t forget to come back and share with me your exciting experience.
Til then, see you in my next post. Take care!
Quote of the day……
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
- Joshua J. Marine