Friday, September 10, 2010

Goats Flowers and Being A Tourist





While we were up in British Columbia visiting my family we did a lot of fun things. On this day we decided to visit a tourist attraction that wasn't there when my kids were little. Good thing or we would have been begged to stop there every trip to the city!



It looks as though the owners moved in an antique barn and then just built onto it as the business grew. This is in a beautiful open valley between the mountains and right along side of the highway that runs through the Okanagan Valley. The place is filled with beautiful flowers and antique wagons and the smell of homemade goodies.






Years ago it started out as just a tiny fruit stand. Now they have a nice goat petting area (very clean and neat) with places to wash up after visiting the critters and a tall bridge that the goats can climb up. The older and wiser ones know that if they wait up there eventually someone will pay for some tastey morsels...put them in the cup and then crank them up to where they are waiting. I don't know why but I never did get a picture of that!

There are 3 buildings that you can wander around in that are filled with neat things...a bit touristy but quite different too.






The best part is the food area...oh my!
There was homemade pies and sausage and cheese and baked goods that you can take out and eat in the shade. Homemade apple cider and icecream was very tempting too.
I wish I had gotten pictures of the food but there were way too many people to get a good shot not to mention the fact that my hands were full of food and other goodies as I stood in line....forever!

We ate our fresh made sausage rolls outside and enjoyed the beautiful day. There were over 300 forest fires in BC at the time but this was the first day we had seen any smoke. It got so bad that you couldn't see the mountains at all but after a couple of hours of rain it cleared up and stayed that way for the rest of our vacation.



The flowers were beautiful and HUGE.
I guess it was all that goat manure!



They had some wonderful displays of antiques. You know...I just realized now that I never did check to see if some of those items were for sale.
I guess I figured since we flew up that there wasn't any use in checking anyway.




If you look closely at these last pictures you'll see it was a little smokey this day.


Tractors and nummy sausage rolls was all it took to keep our little Kash happy.



A good time was had by all.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Maura :)

14 comments:

Tara Dillard said...

Loved you sharing the old barn, stock animals, field, homemade foods & picnic.

Relaxing just to read & see.

Picnics are wonderful!!

Garden & Be Well, Tara

Julie said...

Looks like a fun time!

Catherine said...

LOVELY PICTURES Maura, the place looks interesting, good food! nice to see your family!
nice day, catherine

Finding Pam said...

What a beautiful place to visit. The shot of that billy goat's profile was great. Loved the photos of your daughter and Kash on the tractor.

What great memories y'all have made.
Thanks for sharing you vacation and your family.

Melissa @ Sweet Homestead Alabama said...

What a fabulous place to stop! I love travelling and stopping at new places along the way. We have a trip to the Smokey Mountains planned for this fall. I can hardly wait! I've enjoyed seeing all your photos.

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Maura,

Prudence & Sissy are playing with my camera so I get to write to you.

Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures. Now that is a place where I could live.

Have a wonderful weekend, filled with sunshine and smiles.

Hugs,
Joyce

Oh, wait - here they come.....Hi Miss Maura,
just wanted to tell you that we love you. We like the pictures of the goats. Wish we could have them and that we could live in an old barn. Nice n cozy. Giggle. We are "snuggle bunnies" (bears).

Heaps of Hugs,
Prudence & Sissy

Pondside said...

I love those places along the highway - they wait for us on the drive between the Island and the Kootenay - a good place to stop and rest and have a snack.

Laura Jeanne said...

How I would love to stop at that place one afternoon with my children...I guess since it's in BC that probably won't happen though. :)

Thanks for sharing these lovely photos.

Rural Revival said...

Lovely antiques and Maura, your photos are beautiful! : )

~Andrea~

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Looks like a place I would love to visit !
Old wagon wheels, and flowers and goats....
It's full of interesting displays isn't it ?
The Billy Goat picture is awesome....and I just bet he can use those horns when he wants :)

Red Gate Farm said...

Love it! We used to spend a week every August in Penticton/Summerland/Peachland/Kelowna for hockey camp. My son went to camp and the rest of us had FUN! I miss those trips. I have to say Penticton was my favorite with the lovely beach and those 6 man bike things :) that we'd rent at night and cruise up and down the strip along the beach!
Chris

May said...

Gracias por compartir un día familiar tan bonito.
Las fotos son preciosas.
Los niños guapisimos.
Besitos, May

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Oh my what a wonderful trip you had. And I have to say thanks for stopping by my blog so I could find yours. It is a beautiful blog. I'll be back often. I love love love it.
Hugs
Sharon

Dawna said...

We know this stop well....I have enjoyed it in the autumn months when the wagons are filled with pumpkins, but love the sunny flowers in your pictures as well. It is in a nice little valley isn't it. :)

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