I've often heard children say, "There's nothing to do today". I beg to differ. I'd like to inspire you to do something. Anything. Read. Bake. Hike. Fish. Plant. Sail. Climb. Play. Reach. Move. Laugh. Dream; and take time to sit with me on The Old Granite Step.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sturbridge Village and an Old Fashioned Sleigh Rally

Every year Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts hosts a sleigh rally.  Weather dependent, this wonderful event is a "must attend" if you live in the vicinity.  The horses seemed to thrive on the cold weather and the cheers from the crowd spurred them on. 

I'm ashamed to say that I hadn't visited since fifth grade; over 40 years ago!

Yet more fresh snow made the village look like it was right out of a story book.

These adorable little lambs were only ten days old!

The village consists of large stately homes as well as smaller homes.

A traditional saltbox home; lovely.

An ice carving in honor of the days' special event.
I can't wait to go back in the summer to see the bees at work.
Some of the sleigh rally entrants were in full sleigh regalia.
The horses truly enjoy this!
Such large but graceful creatures.
I love the curved lines of this sleigh.

Oh what fun it would be to harvest your Christmas tree with a horse-drawn sleigh!

"Residents" of the village.
Don't be fooled; the wool cape is very warm.

The tin smith hard at work in his cozy shop.
Wonderful work.
The view from the tin smith's shop.

Squeals of delight from the children; a sleigh ride for everyone!
A terrific opportunity for everyone to experience the lull of the wagon.

A ride around the Common; perfect.

By the time we climbed on, it had started to snow as if on cue.
After the ride we toured the tavern where modern day guests can enjoy dinner.

Outside, the sleigh rides continued.
We stopped in the barn on our way out but the lambs had been put in for the night.

Stepping back in time; I can't wait to go back.

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