Last weekend we were looking for something to do and R found Tanglewood Farms. They're just about 45 minutes from us in Canton, GA, so we headed out to see some miniature farm animals. I'm not up on all my different sheep and goat breeds, but they have miniature Shetlands, Babydolls, assorted goats, alpacas, ponies and more. V was impressed.
They also had a display set up of spinning/knitting things. They had very rustic-looking roving. I wanted to take a big pinch of it, but I held back.
Fortunately for me, my handcarders are a lot less rusty than these.
They also had an old spinning wheel.
And some of the finished product.
But of course the big draw is the animals. They have about five of the biggest bunnies I've ever seen. V was in love. That nose!!!
I was pretty fond of this guy too, mainly because he let me take a several pretty pictures of him and didn't butt me with that hard noggin of his. He was almost this month's banner, but when it comes right down to it, you can't deny the cuteness of a bunny.
There was also a pen with a cow and a recently shorn alpaca.
They were so sweet!
V loved brushing them. Not sure how much the alpaca enjoyed it, though.
And though I'm not sure it's the pony's favorite part of the day, V loves a pony ride. Lucky for the pony she only weighs 30 pounds; it was pretty hot. Her pony's name is Honey and she spent the whole ride (3 rides, she got) grinning like crazy and saying, "Take it away, Honey!"
I've been looking online for a farm that's nearby to buy wool from, but so far the only ones I've found have been two hours away. While I really want to support local wool, it's a lot to ask a 3 year old to sit in the car for four hours for it. I'm still working on that. There's a lot of farmland out here - surely there is a farm that's sells wool/roving that wouldn't be such a trek.
I think occasionally how I'd like to have my own farm - I'm terribly in love with alpacas. But then I go visit one and remember how terribly allergic I am to farms, so perhaps the farming is best left to other kind, less allergic families. I'll have to stick with the kitties. I'm allergic to them too, but they don't cause quite the same all-out war on my sinuses.
If you'd like to see more of my photos from Tanglewood Farm, please visit my flickr set.
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