Friday, December 30, 2011

Our Chanukkah day trip

On the last day of Chanukkah, my husband took us all on a surprise day trip to the beautiful HaKfar HaYarok campus. It is such a perfectly enjoyable place for little ones: lots of places to run and explore, plenty of animals - both in enclosures and strolling freely across the vast, velvety green lawns, and to top it all off, air castles for active amusement. We packed our lunch and enjoyed eating it at a picnic table under a tree. 

All in all, it was one of those days to the memory of which you want to hold on forever. One of the days you would dearly love to live through once again, yet know you can't, even if you were to re-construct all the circumstances perfectly. There's magic in the air which just cannot be duplicated. 
 Shira, feeding goats.
 I told my husband right away I want a couple of such cute birds, if only he can get them!
 An interesting-colored rooster.
Shira chasing at a large flock of pigeons, who are taking flight only to land back after a minute or two. She amused herself in such a manner until she was too tired to run. 

I will say goodbye now, and wish my readers a good Shabbat and a very pleasant weekend.


Mrs. T


Mrs.Rabe said...

I love those kind of "unexpected but dear to the memory of" kind of days!


Leah Brand-Burks said...

She is getting so big! And this shouldn't come as a surprise, since she and my eldest son are only a couple of months apart in age. :) Glad you all had a great time.

Rose said...

What a lovely day for you all Anna! I know what you mean about it not being possible to duplicate such a time.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely day out together! I must comment on the animals though...the rooster is probably a kind of Seabright. And the cute birds you saw...Guineas. Read up on them before you get any though. They can be quite noisy and are often used as a sort of "yard alarm" against any kind of intruder. They are also not known for being very bright. However, if you don't mind their noise and stupidity, they are excellent "watch birds" (like geese are) and will do their best to rid your yard of bugs. I don't know for sure if they scratch like chickens do. If not, they could roam the yard at liberty and not damage the flower beds or dig up little garden plants.

Many blessings to you and yours in the new year.

Goldnrod said...

Are those Guinea hens? I've heard they're great, but noisy!

Mrs. Anna T said...

Yep, those are guinea hens. About their intelligence: they didn't seem very bright to me either, but so cute!

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness, Shira is getting so big. Glad to see you had a nice time.

Anonymous said...

Growing up we had neighbors with guinea hens, who spent the majority of their time on OUR PLACE regardless of how much we tried to run them off. They are very obnoxious birds, like a goose would be, except not dangerous...just noisy and persistant. These birds preferred the feed my dad put out for our chickens and ducks. Mind you, our flock mostly stayed home, but guineas have no idea of such things. Also, you would have to handraise any of their offspring because they always revert back to being totally wild things. So if you wanted babies, that would mean an incubator, etc. So yes, think twice and research before you try this one out. They are good I have heard, to get rid of ticks if that is a bad problem where you are (as it is here in NC where we live). Chickens by far are much better pets and good to have around.

So fun to take the little ones to see animals that they can get up close to...we enjoyed that a lot when our family was young.
Blessings, Elizabeth in NC