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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hog Heaven and Bodacious Bovines

Yep, that’s exactly what we saw last weekend when farming friends hosted their final Chancetown Farm Day festival of the season. It was held every Saturday in October.
This was the second annual event held by this family to introduce children and their parents to farm life.

Sure glad we made it home in time. 
pumpkin ride collage
There were plenty of family fun events from bobbing for apples, playing in a corn bin, pumpkin picking (and carving), a corn maze and hayride.piglet collage2Mama Pig (the name fit) was busy tending to her week-old family of 11 piglets. They were named – we were told – bacon, ham, sausage. But, they won’t be leaving home for quite awhile.
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This was a wonderful local family event for all. Even the weather cooperated with cool temperatures and a beautiful sunny afternoon.

cow collage2
The cows enjoyed the attention and snacked on pumpkin fresh from the field.
chickens collage
Meanwhile Gertrude, Mildred, and Henrietta were busy having – pardon the pun – a hen party.

Although Grenville and I only raise veggies on our little mini-farm, The Frog & PenguINN, we can appreciate all the hard work that this family invests in this event and are glad they open their farm to share – we had fun too!

18 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

Wow, what wonderful images. I especially like the Mama Piggie and her little Piggies. Do you think their names will give them a complex, though? ;)

Anvilcloud said...

You guys are really into the rural scene.

It's at this time of year that I can get a little jealous of your climate.

Out on the prairie said...

Had two pigs next door, one named Christmas and the other Easter. It is a lot of fun to go to a celebration like this, there is a certain charm being part of it.

grammie g said...

Hi Folks ..what great fun nothing like getting down on the farm!!
Love those little piglets... they are the cutest!!
Thanks for sharing the farm!!

Grenville T. Boyd said...

Hi Folks. So glad that everyone liked this one. Yes AC it's easy to get rustic when you live in a town of just 500 folks. AND a county that is 92% Ag. Unfortunatly most of the farms are corporate run leaving us few 'family farms' like this one.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Lois and Grammie G - the piglets were fun to watch and such noisy little squealers and they never stopped feeding. Most likely they don't even know their names, Lois.

We sure are rural here, AC.

Hi Out on the Prairie (Steve) those were some names for the neighbors pigs - were they pets or eventual meals? And it really is fun to go to events like this one, but these seem to be very few these days. Grenville and I both grew up in cities so we don't have a frame of reference for real farm life.

Montanagirl said...

What fun! Nice series, nice post.

Naturedigital said...

It was a great event and you took some great photographs.
Have a great week.
Costas

Elaine said...

What a fun event, and you got some wonderful photos! I think we lost something very special when the corporations began to take over so many of the family farms.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi Mona, Costas and Elaine - thanks for the visit and comments! This was a nice fun, family event (wish out grandson lived closer). Yes, Elaine, everyone definitely loses out when big business takes over. Glad there are some farmers still around.

Ree said...

Looks like a lot of fun. I think I am a country girl caught in the city. This is my first visit to your blog, but I plan to return often. Thanks for visiting mine!

Ann Nichols said...

What beautiful pictures! It sounds like an amazing time. It's so sad how family farms are so few and far between now-a-days. This was a really special event.
Ann

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Welcome Ree, we both grew up in cities so living in a town of 500 people in what used to be largely a framing area is relatively new to us. We do prefer this lifestyle to city life, but do miss some things that are scarce in this area like a good library, good jazz and classical music stations - thank goodness for Sirius radio. Glad you stopped by and please drop in anytime - we always read and reply to comments.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Yes, Ann this was a special event and the family that ran it are great people. Even without any kids, Grenville and I had a great time!

The Gingerbread House said...

Hi Beatrice, I just dropped in to say hello and take a look at your blog.I enjoyed my visit (especially the little piglets :o) couldn't help wonder how they would taste at a later date :o) they are real cute now, just need to grow a little more ..I enjoyed myself and I'll come visit again..Ginny

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Welcome Ginny, glad you dropped in for a visit. The piglets were cute and so I prefer not to think of them as food when they grow up :-( Please come back anytime and I will be dropping in to see you again too.

Country Mouse Studio said...

I missed quite a few posts, these are great with such good pictures. Love the little pigs

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi COuntry Mouse, I know how tough it is to keep up with reading and posting - falling behind happens to me all the time. Glad you enjoyed the pics and thanks for the comments.

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