We've also been to Billing's Farm in Woodstock, VT and explored a bit. We're loving these quaint little New England towns and Woodstock was beautiful as we went just after a light snow. Mountains and frozen lakes everywhere. We got to get up close and personal with the livestock, learn how butter is made, walk through a 200 year old farm house, do laundry the old fashioned way, and saw a short presentation of how the whole cow/milk thing works.
|The main cattle barn|
|The boys got to pet the calves. As usual I can never catch|
Brennan in a picture.
|Checking out the old timey butter boxes|
|She walked them through the entire process of doing laundry using|
some old handkerchiefs. LOTS of hard work involved here.
Lunch was at a hole in the wall local place, Mountain Creamery. Known around town for it's ice cream, it also boasts fresh-from-the-farm chicken, turkey, and pork dishes. Brennan's clam chowder was the best we'd ever tasted (HIGH praise as everyone but Rich is very particular about clam chowder). The food was so incredible that we would have hung around for dinner except they only do breakfast and lunch. We've talked about making the hour trip back to Woodstock just to eat here again.
|The Yankee Bookshop claims to be the oldest running bookstore|
in the U.S. It was pretty modern in a mom 'n pop way, but great vibe.
Wish there were more of these around still.
|On the one hour drive between Lebanon (where we are) and|
Woodstock, VT. The ski tourism is down because there's
been so little snow this year.
Other than that, we're enjoying our time here. The boys are making a lot of progress in math right now - Brennan just started a 2nd grade book and Rich is edging his way into pre-algebra. Brennan is reading quite a bit and always full of stories for books he's working on. We hope to have physical copies of the book he wrote for NaNoWriMo back in November in the next month or so. They have both started writing their own short pieces for piano which was completely their own idea, but it's giving us the chance to work on music theory and arrangement a little bit. We're also excited that we obtained a bunch of used/free Dungeons and Dragons resources online so the boys and I can start playing. It's something we've talked about doing for quite a while and it will be a huge boost to their math application, not to mention their imaginations. I enjoyed D&D greatly when I was in junior high school, but have never gotten back to it until now.
We're off to Boston Thursday for some tests and consultations. Hopefully we'll be able to start looking at some towns outside of Boston for a more semi-permanent place to live until after my heart transplant. We'll keep everyone updated as that progresses as well.