at the farm
A few weekends ago, Raspberry and I went to Riverdale Farm with Vidya and Jamie. Lucas, Raspberry and I went last year and really enjoyed it. We’d wanted to return repeatedly over the past year but didn’t get the chance to and with our original plans, we’d thought we wouldn’t get the chance to at all, so it was lucky that we got to go in July. The funny thing is this visit was hardly about the animals. We offered cursory glances to the chickens, turkeys, sheep and goats but for the most part, we hung out on a hill under a tree. There were blackberry-esque berries on a tree and Vidya and I plucked them for the kids. Raspberry loved them so much she kept wanting more, but only the ripe ones (unlike Jamie, who didn’t mind the unripe ones). They also climbed a hill and while Jamie slid down the other side on his butt, Raspberry was hesitant to, so I climbed up to guide her further up the hill to a path. The kids climbed an apple tree and threw grass at Vidya and I (mostly Vidya) while we lounged in the cool shade of the tree. They went quite crazy, shrieking and ripping grass, egging each other on. Jamie had a grand time feeding the hungry goats grass and I thought Raspberry, being totally into animals, would want a turn too, but she was content ripping out grass to hand to Jamie for the goats. As it neared closing time, we made our way to the wading pool outside the farm. I wasn’t prepared for any water play so I sent Raspberry into the water naked. Alas, the wading pool also had a closing time so she just splashed a little until the water completely drained. The kids wanted desperately to go to a park but Vidya had work to be done and needed to get home. We walked with them to the bus stop, stopping at an Indian grocery store along Parliament. Vidya picked up some groceries, pleased to find such a store closer than Little India. She offered to get a treat for Raspberry and suggested some spicy snacks but Raspberry declined. Instead, she came across some colourful coconut sweets that were gleefully shared. We parted ways at Wellesley station, Vidya and Jamie going northbound and Raspberry and I going southbound. Despite the fact that we barely saw the animals, we had a wonderful afternoon. I’m so glad Raspberry and Jamie get along so well.