Tuesday, September 13, 2011
An apple a day ... keeps us busy for ages!
Well today warmed up as promised was a good thing for Dan, Archie, Mac and Frankie who spent the day together at the farm ...Mieka came to visit, it just wasn't her day to stay.
We played with the goats and picnicked and chatted to chickens ... yet ... our biggest find today was an apple!
One big red apple without a blemish. Mac found it in the tanbark under the Peppercorn tree.
What to do?
Mac thought it would be good to feed to a horse, so off we went on the longest, most interrupted walk of the farmlands in search of a horse to feed it too.
Down past the pigs and along the big hill ... that was fun ... down past the sheep and Heather the cow ... a long walk ... way down into the back paddock which was open and still no horses.
Never mind, turned out o be ta great place to play and we went down to the fence and looked out over the river for ages.
At one point as he talked to me, Mac lost sight of the apple in his hand and it went through the fence ... about an arms length away.
Oh no! No horse yet and now a dilemna ... could we reach the apple?
Mac wasn't sure, Dan felt confident and we were about a three year olds finger length away from it when a great idea was shared ... how about I try.
Well, that was a great idea because my grown up arm could reach.
A little while on and ... Oops ... there goes the apple again and this time, it was a bit too far to reach.
Archie stepped up to the plate and offered to go over the fence to pick it up. Feeling really proud of how brave he was, I picked Archie up, popped him over ... he grabbed the apple, passed it through and I lifted him back.
Phew! Must be time to find that horse ... off we went on another long and winding tour that took us into the witches garden for a play and down near the sand until finally ... A HORSE!!
Can you guess what happened next?
No one wanted to feed it.
One red apple, one very long walk ... one finally arrived at destination and four little bodies all backed against the fence looking up at one large horse and no one wanted to feed it.
So, I stepped up to the plate and seeing that big horse mouth take the apple and crunch, dropping half and crunching again lit up all the little faces. Our journey in the end was worth for the children were delighted and a little awestruck too.
Frankie and Archie up the Peppercorn tree just before Mac found the apple ...
Check out Mac and Dan ... one mighty noisy bunch of adults wandered by and neither of them could quite believe the din...