Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Petting Farm


As part of Lilli's birthday celebration [1], we took her to Eugster's petting farm [2], which is about 20 minutes southeast of us in Stoughton. The staff was very friendly and inviting and so were the animals.


For a while we pulled her around in a wagon, but the novelty of that eventually wore off and she insisted on walking or being carried.



There were chickens, ducks, a peacock, guineas, rabbits, pigs, a cow, a donkey, a pony, horses, goats, sheep, and kittens.

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Lilli got to feed a bottle to the baby goats (and Leann declared that she wanted to take one home).

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And she got to feed pellets to a couple of nannies (one of them was a little pushy).

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And she fet pellets to some sheep that had recently been sheared.

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And she got (to pretend) to milk one of the nannies. (You can see the hand of one of the employees helping out.)

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Leann actually did manage to get some milk out of the nanny.[3]


Lilli also got to practice milking a fake cow. (I think she liked that more than the real thing.)

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She also got to pet a pig.


The foyer to the restrooms featured a beehive behind glass…


…and a display of several different types of bird egg.


Besides animals, there were also tricycles (she had to try every single one)…


…tractors to climb on…


…and a BigToy.[4]

After that we bought some food pellets and tossed them to some sunfish and catfish in a pond. The way she talked about it afterwards, this may have been Lilli's favorite part of the trip.

Then we had a picnic under some shade trees. (Lilli struggled with the idea of sitting down to eat at a picnic—she thought it was run around and talk to the Daddy Longlegs [5] that were dropping from the tree.)


Notes:

[1] See my post Lilli Turns Two!

[2] See http://www.eugsters.com/.

[3] They hinted that if we did the whole milking we could take the milk with us. I was tempted to try making my own goat cheese, but wasn't sure we'd have everything we need (rennet, cheesecloth, etc.), so I declined. If we ever go back, though, I may take them up on that offer because I love me some chèvre! (See my review of Shepherds chèvre here.)

[4] I learned to call these BigToys when I was a kid, but a quick Google search suggests that most people are not familiar with that term (really a brand name) and prefer "playground" or "playscape"—even though to me those terms can indicate a field where play is encouraged, regardless of the presence of a BigToy. Even the term "playground equipment" is too vague since see-saws, merry-go-rounds, swings, etc., are "playground equipment", too, but have their own name.

[5] I only use this term to refer to harvestmen (Order Opiliones), not crane flies (Order Tepulidae) or the cellar spider (Pholcus phalangioides). See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daddy longlegs.

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