Monday, April 16, 2012

Farm Stay 4 First Day

By Andy

This morning I woke up and opened my bedroom curtain to reveal a full-on snowstorm with winter returning for one last hurrah. Yikes! The wind was blowing and after it snowed for a while, I went out to feed the animals. The bushes that had already budded out were covered in snow so much that it looked like they had been coated overnight with white blossoms. After the chores were done, I went over to the Homestead to get ready for the Farm Stay students to arrive. Out by the Homestead, the exposure made the temperature seem to drop and it got much windier. Double Yikes!

On our first day we usually take the students out for an epic hike on the land and get group photos and explore a little. I love the first day because it is the beginning of the "honeymoon phase" of the Farm Stay. Everyone is happy to be here and we have all the time in the world to do whatever we want to do. Little stresses will soon take over, but today, on that big hike, we just get to enjoy being here together exploring the 160-acre wood, like Pooh. Except that it is wicked cold outside today. And we just want to stay inside. So instead of a hike, after the obligatory rules and kitchen orientations and some unpacking, we decide to explore the top of the red barn and shoot some baskets. Not quite epic - but fun.

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