|The signs guided our path|
|More Beautiful Land on Blind Buck Road|
|Just in time for Baby Lambs!|
There we had our first exposure to animals and were able to pet sheep and newly-born baby lambs. Lily greatly enjoyed petting the baby lambs.
|Beautiful Farm Store|
|Sheep on Blind Buck Farm|
We then found another barn that held the Angora Rabbits. Sparkle was out in a cage and Lily was able to pet her. We learned that Angora Rabbits produce just as much product in a year as sheep. Angora Rabbits can be shorn every three months. Also, the fur is cleaner (as the rabbits are kept in hanging cages) so more products is usable. Although this was an effective way to breed/keep the rabbits, it did not appear to be the most sanitary of conditions. The same building also housed ducks, chickens, and two cats.
At Blind Buck Farm, we found many treasures (once we found the store). They had an activity where "kids" (Kym and I) could dye yarn with kool-aid. Kym and I both made projects from this yarn later. I made two small hearts and Kym made a rectangle! Lily enjoyed getting in on the action, but lost interest when she saw that an adorable Angora Bunny was out to play with and pet.She loved playing, petting, and (most notably) picking up the bunny. She spent the whole time in the shop with the bunny. Afterwards, Kym and I kept finding Angora bunny fibers on her sweatshirt!
|Lily LOVED this Angora Bunny|
Kym was able to buy yarn made specifically from Cruiser. This was a really neat feature of the tour is that we were able to purchase product and see the animals that this product was made from.
|Sarah Getting "smelled" by Cruiser|
|Kym getting acquainted with Cruiser|
|Lily Loved Cruiser|
|Beautiful Scenery at St. Mary Convent|
Our last stop was on the way home at St. Mary's Convent. This farm was located in Greenwich and was known for breeding Cashmere Goats. I actually learned for the first time that Cashmere only came from goats and not all Cashmere Goats produce Cashmere. There are very specific guidelines to what constitutes Cashmere and what is just really soft wool.
|Facts About Cashmere|
|The "Goat" Cart|
She also got to ride on a "Goat" cart with her new friend, Mica. She was able to take a small ride down the long driveway and even "drive" the cart.
|Dixie at St. Mary's Convent|