This weekend (or, in reality, this whole past week) has been filled with 70 degree temperatures, alcoholic beverages, poolside shenanigans and Springtime sunshine - which, of course, inevitably lead to sunburns. The weather here in little ol' Vermont has been warm, bright and oh so unbelievably glorious. Spring is most definitely here.
Yesterday some of my best girlfriends came over to lounge in the sun and help Sonya and I clean Mom and Dad's pool. As usual, Tasha said the hell with it and jumped right into the concoction of spiders, bees, leaves and god-knows-what-else. None of the rest of us were as brave (or stupid! Haha!). Mom and Sonya used good ol Vermont ingenuity and put one of Dad's work ladders across the pool to work as a shelf, and that's where this pansy plunked herself for the duration of our cleaning expedition. Being the good friend that I am, I let Tasha bask in all of the buggy, leafy, dirty year old pool water glory. Nevertheless, within an hour we had the pool cleaned and could relax the beautiful sunshine. Together we chose a nice spot on the grass to lay our lawn chairs and towels, and it wasn't long before the overwhelming stench of poop wafted to my nose. Yep. Leave it to me to lay my towel approximately 2 feet from a nice fresh pile of dog shit.
Shelburne Farms. What the hell is Shelburne Farms you say? To which I reply, allow me to copy and paste the little blurb from their website because they've defined it better than I ever could:
Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit education organization whose mission is to cultivate a conservation ethic for a sustainable future. Our campus is a 1,400-acre working farm and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont.
Throughout my childhood I've visited Shelburne Farms on numerous field trips - it's a favorite for the local schools. They have over 8 miles of walking trains (or, if you're feeling less energetic a tractor wagon ride). An animal petting section filled with goats, chickens, donkeys, lambs (which they use to support the kitchen in their Inn - slightly morbid, but nevertheless true). A bakery, dairy barn, cheese making section, old fashioned woodcrafting section and a gorgeous Inn & Coach House down by beautiful Lake Champlain. In my opinion Shelburne Farms is truly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Vermont, and one of my all time favorites. It's fabulous to bring children to (I brought one of my kiddos on a field trip there just last week and in the future the little Anderson's will spend many a day on the Farm) or a romantic little getaway for your honey. Officially, until May 11th it's considered 'off-peak season', so that meant Carl and I didn't have to pay to enter the grounds. The cheese making or woodcrafting wasn't open to the public yet, but the walking trails, animals, and bakery were there to enjoy. Both of my visits there, both with my husband and with my kiddo, were so much fun. While you're there time passes slower, the grass smells sweeter and the beautiful simplistic charm of Vermont overwhelms you. I can't wait to go back.
More bike rides with Sister.
I can't wrap my mind around how it's May already. How is that even possible? I feel like just yesterday I was blogging about the snow day as a result of the 2 feet of snow bucketing down. How can it be warm enough already for pool cleaning and sunburns?
Guess it's true what they say. Time flies when you're having fun.