Memorable Animal Farm Adventure

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A beautiful brown and white horse

A beautiful brown and white horse

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*

A very friendly squirrel

A very friendly squirrel

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*.

A brave little girl feeding the horses

A brave little girl feeding the horses

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!

Hee Haw says the donkey.......

Hee Haw says the donkey.......

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…..”

Horse and donkey

Horse and donkey

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.

A pygmy goat

A pygmy goat

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.

Anglo Nubian goat eating a whole carrot

Anglo Nubian goat eating a whole carrot

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

The llamas

The llamas

A shy llama

A shy llama

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.

A big fat cock

A big fat rooster

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.

The pig's pen

The pig

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.

Sheep

Sheep

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.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

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.

Free Range Children

Free Range Children

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.

Blackberry bushes

Blackberry bushes

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

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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15 Comments

Mich Piece of Cake  on August 8th, 2013

I laughed reading that your daughter would rather be sick so that you can come cook for her! Am glad you had a great time bonding.

Mich Piece of Cake  on August 8th, 2013

I meant pretend to be sick :)

agnes  on August 8th, 2013

I hate rashes. I suffered from hives from little till I was in my 20s and now my daughter has it every now and I believe to be caused by food that do not suite her and stress also one of the factor. Hope the rashes do not bother your daughter too much. I has been told a product from e-excel is good for rashes but I have yet to try it.

Juliana  on August 8th, 2013

Such a cute post Mary…I enjoyed so much the pictures of the animals.
I am sure that your daughter felt very special with you there…
Hope you are having a fantastic week :D

suituapui  on August 8th, 2013

THIS is what I would enjoy most when going some place. None of those malls and shopping for me, thank you very much - they are all more or less the same…anywhere and everywhere.

somewhere in singapore  on August 8th, 2013

I loves this place, loves the animals there!!!

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on August 8th, 2013

I would love to visit an animal farm…never been to one..looks so much fun!

Kristi Rimkus  on August 9th, 2013

Oh my! What fun you had. My nephews would love this place and all the animals. We have brown squirrels on our deck. They are very friendly. Always looking for a handout. :)

Amy Tong  on August 9th, 2013

What a fun activity to visit the farm. I know my kids would enjoy it a lot too. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures.

mistletoe  on August 11th, 2013

Sounds like so much fun! You’re like such a big kid at heart, Mary. That’s why we get along so well. My crazy plus your young heart = fun fun fun! Under the table fun. ;) Lol. Your posts always put a smile to my face. I’m glad you’re enjoying your time with your baby giraffe. My kids would love this farm. Although L is a bit less daring than K to touch animals. He’s even scared of dogs. I am a huge dog lover.
When I saw that sign, I read free range chicken. Haha. Cute sign.
Psst…tell ya a little secret. Your baby giraffe told me something funny about the big fat rooster. When I saw the photo I had a good laugh. Teehee. Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay there. Have a safe trip back whenever you do go back. Hopefully not till next month? ;) Thanks for sharing this animal farm!

Ilan  on August 11th, 2013

I love farms so much! That donkey looks awesome. I wish I could pet it.

Katerina  on August 12th, 2013

That was a perfect way to spend some time with your daughter! I love the photos of the animals!

lena  on August 14th, 2013

hey, at times i think pets do smile at us..LOL! you know at one time when i didnt hv much time playing with my dog and it was on leash, i can almost see how sad her face was..and when she jumps at me when she sees me, i actually would like to think that she is happy and smiling at me..haha..i’m laughing too when i read that statement of the little girl’s hand and sausages!!

faye  on August 20th, 2013

Love the pics of the animals, Mary. When I first came to Canada, my husband took me into the Okanagan valley to visit farmer’s market. We stayed at a B&B that has an animal farm. I was so excited too to feed the horses with hay, their teeth are really huge. I saw a goat that is so pregnant and I remarked to the owner so, and she said, no, that goat is just well fed. Oh, I felt silly. Then I pointed to another goat with horns and said that must be the male goat, no, she said, no, that’s a female. Oh. Then I pointed to one without horns, and said that must be a female, and she said no, she just de-horned it. Oh wow, I felt silly all over again, and shut my mouth, but she was laughing about it and explained that all goats have horns. I had a really lovely time there, getting real close to the fruit trees and vegetable garden. I stumbled upon a shed full of strawberries, onions and potatoes, and beg them to sell me some. They were very obliging and sold everything to me for 20cents a pound. I felt so bad about it, all that work, for so little money.
We went back again for a few more summers, then they sold their business, as Karen, the owner fell off the horse while riding, hurt her back. :(

Mary  on August 21st, 2013

@Mich Piece of Cake - Haha….isn’t she silly? But yes, we had a great time…chatting, enjoying food, joking etc :D

@agnes - I’m glad to know that you don’t suffer from hives anymore. But so sorry to know that your daughter sometimes suffer from it. It seems strange that we can’t find the real cause. I’m glad that my daughter’s condition is fine now. I really hope it doesn’t flare up again. I also think that it is likely due to stress and food. Well, it did brought us together to have some wonderful mother-daughter time :D

@Juliana - It’s wonderful that my daughter and I are both animal lovers.I love to play with the animals while she loves to take pictures. Perfect match huh :D

@suituapui - Maybe we should start an animal farm :D I’m sure the animals will like us as we are such animal lovers :D

@somewhere in singapore - You should come, Sharon.I’m still waiting :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Be prepared to spend many hours there. Would be such a wonderful break from cooking and baking :D

@Kristi Rimkus - Oh wow……brown friendly squirrels! I hope to meet some one day. Must be so refreshing to have such friendly ‘visitors’ around :D

@Amy Tong - I can just imagine your kids running all over the place after the animals, stroking them and feeding them….haha. I saw quite a number of parents finding it very difficult to get the kids to leave :D

@mistletoe - Oooops….a big kid at heart?…..haha. Agree, we compliment each other very well. The camera and under table fun….LOL. Right, one more item on your list if I visit you one day…..animal farm :D Just to remind you that the other 2 are badminton and bumper cars…….hehe. Oh….that rooster story….LOL. Seriously, I’m under constant teasing from her…..hmmmm. But can’t help laughing though….haha.

@Ilan - Yes, the donkey does look awesome. Actually I wish I could ride on it! :D Just the right size for me….haha

@Katerina - Thanks very much, Katerina! We truly had a lot of fun together :D

@lena - Haha….love your story. Your dog knows how to win your heart :D It’s really interesting to see that animals also have emotions and it’s funny how they can respond to our behaviour.

@faye - Haha….you really make me laugh with your animal farm stories! I’m sure I will commit the same mistakes if I were you….haha. OMG….20cents a pound? I know how you feel….haha. Something like committing an injustice, isn’t it? :P It’s just that the owner was SO kind. So sad that she fell off the horse and had to sell off the business. See, that’s why if I have a choice, I would rather ride on a donkey rather than a horse :D

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