“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Off-The-Farm-Smiles

Family matters took me away from the farm yesterday.
I drove my Mom to visit her older sister in a nursing home,
in her home town.

An old estate lies on the fringe of town.
I noticed it along the way and decided to stop for a few photos of its residents...
most of whom were busy scratching itches!


To me there is nothing cuter than an alpaca.


Such big eyes!


And that cute little smiley mouth.
To me, they are the French poodle of the camelids.


There is a part of me that would love to have a few alpacas.
The thing is... I think we have enough animals at present.


It's very easy to become an animal hoarder...
which doesn't end up well for the animals or the hoarder.


And so... in this case I will have to enjoy these delightful animals
 on someone else's farm.
Just stopping for a visit made me very happy!

This same estate has this creche in front of their mansion house...
life-sized!


I thought it quite remarkable.
Meanwhile, back at home... the living room tree is up and decorated.


Most of the ornaments were made here on the farm...
wooden bears and stags heads on our north woods inspired tree.


The mantle...


The weather has finally turned colder and I am in heaven!
Time to get a fire roaring in that...

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