Sunday, September 13, 2015

Westby, WI September Amish Adventures

Rudbeckia, as summer fades

Last week we took our little trip to Westby, WI and visited Kevin's cousin, who feeds every bird and squirrel in the neighborhood. I think he has one of each kind of bird feeder hanging in his yard. Together, we drove through the beautiful countryside east of Cashton and visited Amish friends who were their usual gracious and fun selves, and enjoyed their homemade vanilla ice cream with homemade caramel sauce. Women and children always scurry off to the house as they see us approach. Hmmm. I wonder if we have that effect on others, and I've just never before noticed.

 Not an Amish-made fence

Below is the collage of photos taken of the resident and apparently illiterate white squirrel, who audaciously chows down below a sign that reads, 'Wild Bird Crossing.'  It was also entertaining to watch the bunny as he gobbled up dandelion leaves. When he neared the end of each leaf, I kept expecting to hear the Ding! we used to hear when we got to the margin on our typewriter (for those who remember the manual typewriter and watched too many Saturday morning cartoons).



Resident White Squirrel


A veritable Smorgasbordorgasbordorgasbord

These fellas reminded me so much of my favorite
Yorkshire sheep. Aren't they pretty, with their black faces!

I took this photo when we were riding in Eric's VW Bug through the pasture
of one of his Amish friends. A little hard on the car, I would think.
Not to mention the passengers. But always entertaining.



 We were glad the piece of rock hadn't broken loose and fallen
when we were driving past. Yikes!
I wonder if any sheep went missing.




Wash Day.

I have many more photos of our two-day visit that I'll probably post later on.  I'm leaving with this favorite photo my daughter took of her two little ones, as the 1 1/2 year old was walking her older brother to K4 school last week.

My heart melts.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!


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and Eileen's
and Judith's
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46 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

I ALWAYS enjoy your photos some of the best I see! Love the bird houses and your grands are just beautiful~

Terri D said...

That last photo is definitely a heart-melter! So darn cute. Your photos are wonderful, as always. You have such a good eye for composition. Glad you had such a great trip! I've missed you! Welcome "home"!!

jeannettestgermain said...

Love the capture of the sunflowers, and the little kiddies - too cute!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, those 2 sweet babies! :)

loved the farming territory. huge ol' white farmhouse and the laundry line makes me smile. adorable white squirrel and i absolutely dropped my mouth when i saw the proliferation of feeders!!! awesome! gotta be expensive as heck!

Tired Teacher said...

Your daughter obviously inherited your photographer's eye. The photo of the Grands is precious and should be framed.

Deb said...

Hi Judy: Always fun to read your post. I had to laugh and think that Kevin's cousin and I would get along just fine. I LOVE feeding birds and those other little varmints. He has me beat for feeders, though. lol I find most clotheslines are so messy but not that one. I noticed the shirts are hung perfectly :) The picture of your grands made my eyes tear up. I can't imagine what it does to you. Loved all your photos as always. Deb

Judy S. said...

Love that sweet GK photo. I've never seen a white squirrel before! Sounds like an interesting trip; I didn't know there were Amish in WI either.

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Loved the tour/ramble - as always. The idea of the typewriter 'ping!' made me smile, and that certainly is a smorgasbord of birdie delights. Your final photo is a real peach.

Denise said...

enjoyed the tour, lovely pictures

eileeninmd said...

Hello Judy, what a wonderful little getaway. I have never seen a white squirrel. And I love the sheep with the black faces, so cute. Wow my hubby should see these feeders, I only have a few compared to that photo. Awesome scenes from the countryside. The last shot is just adorable! Great series! Have a happy day and new week ahead!

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh that last photo touched my heart and brought back so many memories of my own, thank you. White squirrel well I have never seen one of those. Hug B

Margaret said...

Oh my goodness! You posted about two of my most favorite things! Amish and backyard friends. I too feed every living thing there is! Loved your post! Maggie/Maggie's Lil' Fixins

Vee said...

I am so highly interested in The Amish and what it would be like to have Amish friends. Perhaps you will fill us in sometime on a few specifics. Sweetest walk to school ever...

Sandra said...

that is a heart melting and priceless photo. so precious. i love the clothes on the line pic. and all those bird houses. wow.... love the sheep and i have never seen a white squirrel.. i remember the ding, had those in typing class in high school..

podso said...

That photo is a heart melter! And I enjoyed your red barn Amish collage and I love seeing wash on a line! Interesting post! Quite an array of bird/squirrel feeders!

Mary Cromer said...

These images are so beautiful, the first one is my favorite, but I enjoyed each of them. Have a Happy week~

Theresa said...

Beautiful pictures and looks like a wonderful visit! Have a blessed day dear friend, LOVE that last picture:) HUGS!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

He must buy a lot of bird seed! I've never seen so many feeders! And what a beautiful white squirrel. Enjoy your week sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

Lynn Blaylock said...

You share the most beautiful pictures. You are truly gifted. I have never saw a white squirrel; ours are little grey creatures. Very interesting post! I totally enjoyed it.
Be Blessed!

Cheryl said...

You had a lovely trip to a beautiful place!! Wonderful pastoral scenes. I love the array of bird feeders...and the white squirrel!...as well as the colorful clothesline and the red barns.
Oh yes, that last photo is definitely a heart-melter. Adorable!

Linda Kay said...

Judy, wonderful photos of such a simple life style. I've never seen a white squirrel...albino? And that picture of your grandchildren....it would certainly make your heart smile.

Parsley/Deena said...

Glad to be able to reconnect on your blog again!

Oh my goodness...the white squirrel is SO cute! I've always been fascinated by animals with unusual characteristics.

Missy George said...

Thanks for reminding me that Pennsylvania doesn't have all the Amish...That's a lot of bird feeders...a lot of bird seed! Love the Albino squirrel..Is he blind??

Arlene said...

What a neat visit and I LOVE the picture of brother and sister walking to school! Precious!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Such nice photos, Judy. The last one is the best--adorable! Of course I love the black faced sheep---ahh to be in England my friend. Enjoy your day. ♥

Karen said...

A nice series! The white squirrel is pretty cool!

Teresa Sjönberg said...

Oh, How cute little backbag carries! And so cute litte squirrel! Have a nice week!

Carla from The River said...

How did Lucy grow up so fast? Walking her brother to school!!

Love your photos.
A white squirrel, I agree, that is cool!

Heide at ApronHistory said...

How interesting, a white squirrel. Is that a different variety? Or is he just a "blondie"? We have black squirrels in our area. The are the normal gray squirrel, just really dark.

Oliva Ohlson said...

My heart is melting too...so cute!!! I love the wash day picture...ahhh...the good old days of sun dried clothes! TFS

L. D. said...

I really enjoyed seeing all the different photos. The Amish house looks like all the ones that were built in Missouri by them.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Wow, that is a lot of bird feeders and the rare sighting of a white squirrel is interesting. I think after I graduated high school the ding of typewriting class remained in my head for some time. It is much easier these days to correct errors than having to line up the white correction tape. :-)
Your grands are adorable, love the ladybug backpack.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Judy.

pattisjarrett said...

Love the array of feeders, clothes on the line--it all looks so peaceful.

Margaret Adamson said...

Love the last shot. Priceless. what a wonderful variety of bird feeds and i love to see the buggy's and the pumpkins

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

My heart melted too. Adorable!

Wow, that IS a lot of bird feeders, and I've never seen a white squirrel. Love the Amish country / scenic photos!

Lady Linda said...

Great pix. The white squirrel is quite something. I saw one one time in the city here in Portland. I need to check out your soaps again.

Life Happens said...

Great pics, as usual. I've always admired the simple life of the amish. And that last pic of your grand kids...adorable.

Rose Hascall said...

Now that is a lot of birdfeeders. Love the photos.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Judy, your photos are wonderful. That rudbeckia shot looks like one that would make a beautiful card. Your post made me feel as if I'd been along on your two-day trip.

Carrie B. said...

So pretty Judy! A Fall feast for the eyes with such beautiful photos! The back-to-school photo completely got me right in the heart too. So sweet. Blessings dear Gal. xoxo

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Wonderful scenes of your trip, Judy! I've never seen a white squirrel! Oh, I remember those typewriter bells :) The laundry on the line is so pretty. That last photo of your sweet little grands going off to school just tugs at the heartstrings. Have a lovely and blessed weekend, my Dear. xo Karen

Lowcarb team member said...

Some lovely photo's and mosaics here Judy ... but my favourite is your last photograph
... so, so special that my heart has melted too!
It reminds me of two of my grandchildren.

All the best Jan

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

That white squirrel is so cute!

Rose said...

Oh, that last photos is the sweetest!!! But I did love all the other...and, yes I remember that ding and had not thought of it in years.

Michelle F said...

Great photos!! I love the one with the kids, esp.
1 1/2 year old walking her brother to K4....awesome!!

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