Sunday, December 18, 2011

Drafts and Sheep

Despite the cold and threat of snow flurries, it's always fun to walk around Landis Valley
They had several activities for children today including a lesson, 1892 style, in their old school house.

This black Clydesdale was really keeping his eye on that sheep!

An adorable Percheron was checking out my camera. He was interested in the noises it was making. 

Tanya the Turkey is one of my favorite Landis Valley residents. She's so ugly, she's cute!

This is inside the school house. I was never able to go in the classroom before! 
The teacher did a wonderful job telling as all about what school would have been like in the late 1800's.
The flag had a few less stars on it and The Pledge was different, no mention of God.

Wrought iron detail from one of the desks. 
They don't make 'em like they used to!

I love the rusty hinges on the gun shop door. 

Peeking in the tavern window. 

Love the Christmas cookies.
 Hanging inside, you can just make it out in the photo below, is a German style tree, hung upside down, with cookies and pretzels for decoration.

I just opened a pro Flickr account. I have an album with my favorite Landis Valley photos HERE.


Robin Larkspur said...

What a great place to visit. Your photos are great. The sheep look so different, with their black faces. All the horse photos, as always are stunning. I do have to say that the close up of the turkey neck is a tad gross. Charming school house photos; the tree hung upside down? to save space?

Deborah Adams,Long Beach, California. said...

Tanya the Turkey is so cute! One of my favorite shots of this lot, is the grill work on the desk. Fantastic! and those cookies hanging in the window are so charming.

Rune Olsen said...

A really nice post, with several nice pictures! Hard to pick a favourite, but the b/w pics are among them :-)

Spiritartartist said...

Hey Jen, it was nice to see current shots of Landis. It was great visiting there in October with you. Tanya is NOT ugly! Just one question. Why hang a tree upside down? Is it hung from the ceiling?

Janine said...

These photos are so dreamy. I love them and "appy holidays".
Wish you great christmas

Dom said...

This post has such a homey feel to it. <3

Zan Asha said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful! Love this Christmas series. You know I LOVE the draft horses!


So much to see and do at Landis. Love all you pics. Have to agree that turkey is just downright ugly, poor thing. Neat about the school room. Take care.

Linda said...

You'd never know we live in the same country, looking at your photos! Gorgeous! I've never heard of hanging a Christmas tree upside down, but what a wonderful, dreamy looking window scene.

thecrazysheeplady said...

These are beautiful!!! I do not have time to browse. I do not have time to browse. I do not have time to browse. Argh - I can't help myself! Gorgeous photographs!

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful post, love the photos!
Thanks for sharing.
Wishing you and your family A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Simply gorgeous photos. Everything looks so idyllic. I look forward to visiting there sometime. :)

BeBe said...

I could live there quite happily...