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Emma told me  months before she visited that I had to take her, and her mommy, to the alpaca gift shop when she came.  We weren’t able to fit it in until the last night of their visit, but I think it met her expectations. There are several alpaca farms in the area, and more than one have a gift shop as well. I am acquainted with the owner of one the farms, so I always go there. When we arrived, she came out of the house to meet us. She led us into the barn to see the alpacas, but none of them were close. To Emma’s delight, she led is right into the field with the alpacas, and we got to meet them all, including the three babies, up close and personal. Then, we went inside, where Emma was thrilled when she got to go in the fleecing room and touch the fleece on the table even though there was a sign that said “Do Not  Touch.” She wanted all kinds of things in the gift shop, and she was happy to go home with a sweater and a pair of socks.

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Eve discovered the joys of chewing on her feet during their visit.

While Emma was visiting, she made her first ever visit to Red Pond. She thought everything was quite exciting.  She had fun poking a stick in the water to see if it could touch the bottom, especially when it didn’t come close by the end of the dock. She also liked going to the edge of the dock and very carefully sticking her hand in the water. She decided that Aunt Sue needed to make her a picture of it.

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Emma and Grandpa had  a fine time trying out the “new” tractor during her recent visit.

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There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye.
-William Cullen Bryant
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My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky. – William Wordsworth

I paused on my way back from a walk tonight in order to take a few pictures of the cows. . As I was looking over the cows to see what would make a good shot, I caught a bright light out the of the corner of my eye.  When I turned to see what it was, I discovered a rainbow. It was definitely unexpected as we had not had any rain.  As I took pictures, the colors grew brighter and more distinct. You could even see the purple clearly.  I couldn’t resist taking numerous shots. Here are a few of my favorites.

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