...but I saw one today...
We went to the Topsfield Fair
It's a country fair.
I haven't been to a fair since I was in...oh... seventh grade?
And back then, I lived in the city.
The fair was held on the outskirts of the city but I lived inside it.
So, I ended up only going to the part that I discovered today is called the Midway.
I have read that name in books before - in a Ray Bradbury book - but never really knew that it's the part where the rides are.
When I was younger, that was the only part of the fair I went to.
Anyway, today, we walked through the Midway from the parking lot and ended up eating (very important after running 10 miles and in major calorie deficit), and then we walked to where the animals were.
We started out walking through the rabbit building. Lots o' rabbits. Big ones, little ones, fluffy ones, black, white, gray, tawny, and all manner of color combinations. One of them even had curly hair that was fluffy and looked like mohair. The kind that flies off and gets in your eyes, right after you just put in your contact lens. And you could buy these bunnies. And after you buy the bunnies, you can then get the cage and food and liners and all that get up - all yours for the one-time lower price of...drum roll...$75.00...
We saw cows and clydesdales and some draft horses pulling tons o' bricks in the Arena. I felt bad for them until Joseph pointed out how jumpy and eager they were to be pulling - they were hopping and lurching so much it was hard to get the tow-thingie onto the pallet thingie that held the tons o' bricks. And then they pulled those bricks quite a ways... If I did that and lurched that way, my muscles would have popped.
We skipped the poultry section. Did not want to get some bird disease, what with all the avian flu going around. And we saw House
last night where a patient had handled birds and got all septic and they had to chop off one of his hands. Yikes. I got a little worried about those birds.
We also saw BEES. Yes. Honey bees. They make the most perfect food in the universe. Totally sterile until you take out the honey comb. But the honey itself is still sterile. And you can even use it on wounds and such. I love Honey and it brought back memories of my dad. But that's another story.
And then we went through the vegetables and fruits and saw a 1335 pound pumpkin. So, what do you do with a 1335 pound pumpkin? Joseph thinks you sell it to a pie maker. But I am a bit dubious on that one.
We saw beautiful flowers. Dhalias in particular. There were hundreds of different kinds of Dahlias. And they were beautiful.
So, we left with 3 green tomatoes, freshly made Grade A Amber maple syrup from the sugar house exhibition, two dill pickles, a big bag of kettle corn, some fresh beets, a dozen apple cider doughnuts (minus the one we ate right there), some wonderful beef jerky that you can order online... we are gonna have some good eatin' this week.
Oh, and the pigs... I saw pigs. Not the small cute pink kind. The big grayish wit polka dots gigantic kind with 12 babies. Two of them with a set of babies each. The babies were so cute. The mothers were really scary looking. And so... I learned today what my bacon looks like when it's alive.... Not sure how I feel about that.
And all this was a surprise. I had told Joseph that I hadn't been to a fair here and the last fair I had been to was too long ago to remember. And so, he surprised me... it was a wonderful surprise - to get away for an afternoon before the mayhem of the work weeks starts tomorrow. It made me feel a little more alive.
And it feels good to be blogging again!Exercise Note.Running
- 10 miles up and down Beacon Street. It was a fast run and I almost pooped out in the last mile or so - until some random guy saw me coming, read my shirt and said, "one more mile." That's what my shirt said. And then he walked away, chuckling to himself. It was a very good run.Walking
- 2.19 miles