Teddy Bear Tuesday: Critter Roundup

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We're trying to make it out to Greenfield Village as much as possible while the weather is good... and by "good" I mean we still had to wear layers and fall jackets. Apparently, summer entirely missed Michigan this year; but, we're making the best of it. 

We've taken our teddy bears along two previous times: once dressed as an aviator to visit the Wright Brother's Bicycle shop, and once dressed as train conductors to ride Henry Ford's personal steam locomotive and see the roundhouse. Inexplicably before we left Viola decided that Duffy needed to wear his Sheriff Woody costume to visit Firestone Farm.

Firestone Farm is one of the girls' favorite parts of the village, but somewhat stressful for me because it is a genuine working farm. There is a hot stove, and sharp kitchen things, and sharp farm utensils, and genuine unsafeness all around for little kids. On the upside, there are baby cows to see and chickens to chase, and horses to hitch, so.... it's a tradeoff.

We took lots of adorable photos which I'll have to parcel out over a few Teddy Bear Tuesdays, since Squarespace is being twitchy about long photo blog posts. Here are the ones from the farm, enjoy! 


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The corn looks great this year, perfect for the upcoming spooky Halloween nights! The girls set a bad example by climbing the fences. Teddy bears are terribly susceptible to bad examples. By the way, Duffy is wearing his Sheriff Woody costume from BABW, and Shelly is wearing a Jessie costume, also from BABW.

There were lots of critters in need of rescuin'....

Afterward, we mosey'd on in to the Firestone Farm house, where Harvey Firestone was born. Village staff play the parts of a farm family and go about a regular day's schedule. when we were there, the men were busy hitchin' up the horses for a Sunday ride, and the ladies were finishing up preparing a big Sunday dinner. We relaxed in the parlor (away from the hot stove!) 

Checking out the old timey desk...

Checking out the old timey desk...

And the old timey view master... 

And the old timey view master... 

Keepin' a close watch on the critters.... 

Keepin' a close watch on the critters.... 

There were more critters in the barn, of course.

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Viola got some quiet time with the horses, and learned about harnessing them up to pull wagons.

Meanwhile, out in the yard, the big birds were getting a wee bit too close..

We even found a bear-sized buggy!  Giddyup!


Be sure to check back for next week's Teddy Bear Tuesday post when we'll cover the food at Eagle Tavern, the Circuit Court where Abraham Lincoln first practiced law, the local haberdashery and reveal which is the luckiest animal on the Carousel!  

Here is a sneak peak...  :-)