An Autumn Outing

There is something invigorating about the crisp autumn air in combination with the seemingly celebratory colors of the leaves. We took Baby D on a day trip to Old Sturbridge Village to really enjoy the change of seasons. He loves being outside, and is intensely interested in everything around him. We talked about the trees and plants, why leaves change color, the animals we saw, how a water pump works (Mommy pumped the handle while Daddy held Baby D and let him touch the stream of water), and how a water wheel drives a mill. We also just enjoyed the air and the scenery. It was a good day! Here is a sample of what we saw.

We walked through the village and out toward the Freeman Farm. This is the view looking out from the road to the pastures of the farm.

We are approaching closer to the pasture.

The grist mill.

The saw mill in operation.

Dock the ox. Or is this Blue? I get them mixed up. Over the past year we have seen Dock and Blue grow from calves into adolescents. They are quite friendly. Baby D like to stare at them.

Trees reflected in the pond.

The Salem Towne house, built for Salem Towne, Jr. in 1796. Read about it here.

A side view of the Salem Towne house.

A flower in the garden of the Towne house.

More flowers in the garden.

A tree in fancy dress for the season.

A chicken struts in the village.

Baby D! He enjoyed his day and was quite tired afterward. Happy autumn everyone!