A Hunting We Will Go

DSCN8059aSpring has sprung, which means more time outside – yippee! I’m lovin’ it and my kids are too! And although there’s more than enough for them to get into outside, I’m pretty sure it won’t be long before I hear those dreaded words….Mom I’m bored!

No worries – because this time I’ve already got a lil’ something up my sleeve: A barnyard scavenger hunt – this is an easy way to add a little fun to an ordinary day. To change it up a bit, make it a photo scavenger hunt.

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Nowadays it seems like everything we own has some kind of camera on it, so you can have your kids use a digital camera or if you don’t have a digital camera handy, those disposable cameras would work too.

DSCN8062aI came up with 20 items you might find around the farm:

boots barn/shed

farm animal

bucket/pail flower pot

leaves

a muddy something rotten wood or log

stall/coop

tractor or other equipment

wind chimes

hay/straw

cowboy or trucker hat

animal poo (highly likely this will be their favorite find)

fence/gate

mossy rock

flag/banner

barn dog/ cat

shovel/rake/hoe

a farmer

Give each child a list of items and a camera to take a picture of each item they find during the hunt. If you want to make it a little more challenging set a time limit, the person with the most pics of items when the time is up wins. This can be a fun family activity, one you invite the neighbors over and divide up into teams or maybe even a birthday party idea. Just don’t forget PRIZES ! And remember you can come up with your own theme; Camping,  A-Z,  or the Mall (yikes did I just say that) I just picked barnyard because…. well, it involves a farm. 🙂

When you’re plotting and planning your adventure make sure you keep in mind the ages of your group, some kiddos may need a little parental help. I hope this proves to be a great boredom buster for your family.

 

Have fun- stay safe & happy hunting. 🙂 Amy


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Back Road Ramblin’ – Two Frogs on a Bike

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I’m a lover of unique, quaint, different places. Places that have a personality and have a story to tell. So when I first moved to this area from Tennessee one of the first places I ran up on was a shop called Two Frogs on a Bike. I don’t know about you but the first thing that came to my mind was the Frog & Toad books of my childhood. My curiosity was peaked, I wanted to learn more !

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What I found was a small antique store located in a 112 year old building, which once was home to a general store. The owner, Bob Hollins is one of the nicest & most personable people you’ll ever meet. He’d be the first to tell you he enjoys shooting the breeze with his customers as much as he does selling the antiques. Before opening the shop, Bob worked at the telephone company for 29 yrs., but for the last 20 yrs. He’s been running Two Frogs on a Bike.

Bob said he would describe his store as a mix of primitives, country and handmade. The shop doesn’t have a huge inventory but what it does have is some unique pieces.  1930-1960 Glassware, early clocks, Fenton, vintage toys and much more !

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Of Course, I couldn’t leave without learning more about the name – Intially, Bob said the store was called Grandaddy’s Antiques but the two ladies that ran the store with him decided it needed a name change. One loved frogs the other loved bikes, and as they say, the rest is history !

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So the next time you’re in Hanover, Virginia stop by and say “hi” to Bob and if you have time, head across the street to the Houndstooth Café for a hot fudge brownie you won’t soon forget !

Two Frogs on a Bike is located at  13262 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover Va  – I would recommend you call first, Bob does not keep to a 9-5 schedule

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(804) 537-5213

’til our next adventure,

~Amy

A Snow Creek Farm Christmas

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How much fun is this winter wonderland?  Snow Creek Farm is open a few times a year and I was so happy to finally get to see their Christmas show!  This cool old (inhabited, I might add) farmhouse (complete with … Continue reading

Backroad Ramblin’ … Ashland Feed Store

Nothing Fine or Fancy.

     If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, you know I am a sucker for nostalgia!  I guess this is one of the reasons I LOVE Ashland Feed Store. Located smack dab in the middle of Ashland, VA, near the railroad tracks leading to the big cities of D. C., Boston and New York, you will find this little gem.

      The Store has changed a lot since it first opened in 1918, yep, almost 100 yrs. ago, but much of it’s history is still here. Danny Adams, the store’s owner (and a super nice guy ), makes sure to carry all the brand name farm supplies & livestock feed, but he has left much of the store’s bones and history untouched. The store’s wooden floors are original, at the counter you’ll find an antique set of scales still used for weighing seeds & such, and the desk in Danny’s office is the original desk from 1918.  Danny shared with me that when he first got the desk he found a secret compartment and inside he found half a bottle of whiskey and a bullet…hmm. I just eat these little side stories up !

     
I love that when I go there I am greeted by some of the sweetest, friendliest and helpful people you can imagine. They patiently listen to my questions and let me pick their brains…about chickens, of course, and then kindly point me in the right direction.
I guess one of the things I love most about Ashland Feed Store, is the conversation. It’s a connection we miss with all of the modern amenities. Yep, here I go again getting all nostalgic on you, but when I listen to “real” farmers talk, it makes me think about my grandparents; and I did so LOVE their stories !
Nope, the Ashland Feed & Seed isn’t fine or fancy, but it’s real and sometimes I REALLY miss real.
 It’s the people and places like Ashland Feed Store, that remind me of how IMPORTANT it is to shop Local : )
Ashland Feed Store is located at 120 N. Thompson St. Ashland, Va. 23005
~Until our next adventure… Amy~
This is Otis…he says that keepin’ this store straight is sure hard work!

We hopped this post on over to:

The Chicken Chick

RuST LUst

Rusty trucks, tractors, and cars- oh my ! We do so LOVE rust ! There have been many occasions where Carmen and I have gone knee deep in the weeds with only our cameras in hand, ignoring any notion of snakes and chiggers just to sneak a peek at some rusty, dusty, relics. It’s a treasure hunt – the thrill of finding what others have long since forgotten. And although in most cases we simple capture the treasure with the click of our camera, there have been some incidences where we’ve hauled our rusty treasure home (along with a little poison ivy), giddy with the all the possibilities. And even though both our husbands just shake their heads at our junkin’ antics, we will continue to run footloose and fancy free into the rusty wilds !

 Fun finds from a “field” trip in Southern Illinois:

’til our next adventure,

Amy

Backroad Ramblin’…Carl’s Ice Cream

To me there are certain signatures of summer; fireflies, fireworks, and 31 flavors… of ice cream that is! So when I found Carl’s Ice Cream while antiquing in Historic Fredericksburg you can imagine my delight.

Carl’s is an old-fashioned ice cream stand. No tables, no booths there. It’s all about the window, and I don’t mean the drive-thru. Nope, I mean park your car and walk up to the window…just like they did in 1947, when Carl’s first opened, some 65 yrs. ago.

Now, if you are looking for fancy, Carl’s is not the place for you (they only serve 3 flavors – chocolate, vanilla & strawberry), but if you are looking for a little piece of nostalgia – you can’t beat it! In fact, Carl’s is on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you go, expect lines, because it’s the pride & joy of Fredericksburg!  But no worries, thanks to the clerks that are both fast and friendly the line moves quickly. And even though you only have 3 flavor choices, they can serve them up to you in a cone, a cup, a malt, a shake or a sundae. All prepared from the electro-freeze machines from the forties.

More than anything, Carl’s serves up a piece of Americana. You can tell that just as soon as you drive up and see the Art Deco facade – oh how I LOVE the neon lights!!

So the next time you take a trip down memory lane I would highly recommend making a detour by Carl’s. Just remember to bring CASH – true to its old school ways Carl’s doesn’t accept checks or credit cards.

Carl’s Ice Cream is located at 2200 Princess Anne St. Fredericksburg, Va.

 ~Until the next adventure…Amy~