Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Saturday all over VT

OK, blogger's not saving what I'm writing, so I have to try to sum up what this post was originally...grrrr...

On Saturday we took the day to drive around Vermont (seriously, from one end of the state to the other). The highpoint (aside from trying to find Quechee Gorge and instead meeting up with a couple of deer who leaped across the road in front of our car) was a visit to the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, where we had lunch and lots of beer (duh) and were supposed to get a tour of the brewery but somehow managed to botch that up.

Quechee Bridge (perhaps where we took the wrong turn en route to Quechee Gorge?)

Gingerbread house (and matching mailbox) in Windsor, VT

Entrance to the Path of Life Garden - a sculpture garden on the same grounds as the brewery.

After the brewery, we hiccuped our way over to Hogback Mountain:

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Blueprint Project

Here's a little something I'm currently working on...

Nelson Blue

OMG - had a great time at this restaurant over the weekend (a little too great, if you ask me. It'll be a while until I can drink feijoa vodka again...)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Friday in Brattleboro, VT

On Friday we went to Brattleboro to visitan Open House at the SIT Graduate Institute. They offer a Master's degree program in International Education that I'm really interested in.

On the SIT campus

The view from the International House at SIT

It was a great and overwhelming day. It was really inspiring and assuring to be surrounded by so many people committed to making a positive change in the world.

We skipped out of the Open House a bit early and headed to Adams Farm, which has a petting area where you can also feed the animals. To be honest, it sounded a lot nicer than it was. In fact, we think that the animals were so conditioned to being fed by visitors that it's messed up their natural, normal behavior. It was pretty scary to walk toward the barn and, as you open the door, all you hear is the bleating and shrieking of all the animals that know that the person walking through the door will be feeding them. Think Pavlov's dogs with squealing pigs, sheep, goats, and alpacas. They were so hyped up, in fact, that the pigs were using their snouts to try to bust out of their pens. No joke.

Basket of goodies

Me before encountering "Animal Farm"

The aggressive pigs

A sweet calf who may have been as freaked out as we were.

Even the bunnies were begging for food

I kept trying to feed this baby lamb but had the hardest time as its parents would bulldoze right over it whenever I brought the food over. Mike and I had to concoct a plan to distract the older sheep so I could sneak a handful of feed to him.

One of the many farm cats

This bunny escaped from its pen and was hopping all over the place.

Disapproving bunny.

Mr. Tumnus