Saturday, August 2, 2008

Middle Earth

We spent some time at Grandmother and Grandfather's "farm" this week (Middle Earth). It was a short visit but we packed a lot in. I got some great pics so I'll try to put in as many as I can.

On Wednesday, we walked through one of the gardens looking at all the butterflies, and we walked the labyrinth. Here's a picture of Abby, who was determined to make it to the middle! After cooling off in the house for awhile, the girls explored the greenhouses and the yurt with Grandmother, then fed the chickens and collected the eggs with Grandfather. Before dinner, we went on a hayride and then ate dinner out back on the screened porch so we could watch the hummingbirds and even see the deer come up close to check us out. It had been a long day, so we got ready for bed early, and Abby checked out the fairy tree before saying goodnight.

Thursday we built a fairy house out in the woods, and spent a lot of time collecting twigs, feathers, rocks, bark, berries, and flowers to decorate it. Sarah helped Grandmother collect vegetables in the garden.

It really was a great visit. It's a magical place, especially for Abby. She really believes that fairies live in those woods, and sometimes when we see the butterflies we wonder if they might actually be fairies. I hope it takes her a long time to outgrow this magical phase!

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