Collingwood Children's Farm

On Friday night Ian and I went to a team dinner. The dinner was amazing. Best steak I have had in years and the chef made sure to make a gluten-free dinner, dessert and appetizer for me. It was lovely night but we didn't get home until 2:30 am. Plus we had WAY too much to drink -- cocktails, wine with dinner, 2 rounds of shots, and a glass of celebratory champagne so we were feeling pretty bleary when the 7 am rooster known as Nik got us up on Saturday morning. Normally we would have camped out on the couch with a pot of coffee after so much debauchery... but we had to be at an office event at Collingwood Children's Farm at 10 am... so we dragged out butts out the door.

Similar to Muscoot Farm, Collingwood is a historic, working farm which aims to expose children to farm life and animals. Collingwood, like Muscoot, has a young farmer's program that, unfortunately, has a several year wait list.

The boys got to milk a cow:

Ride a horse:

And go on a hay ride:

It was wonderful. There was party food for the kids, sandwiches and wine for the grownups, and a beautiful day of farm fun just minutes from the city.

Afterwards we ran some errands and I got a third, much-needed cup of coffee. In Melbourne baristas pride themselves on the beauty of their presentation... so each cappuccino looks almost too pretty to drink. Almost.

Today the boys are at the Aquarium and I am running loads of laundry, cleaning the house, planning Thanksgiving, and running errands. My first day off in about 2 months and it feels great.


Anonymous said...

I have never seen a cup of coffee like that!
I want to see more pictures of kids milking the cow! We missed Ben at Muscoot.
And what are you doing for Thanksgiving?
I baked your corn bread for giblet stuffing today, as well as 2 loafs of sourdough bread for oyster stuffing (still need to get oysters), and 3 loafs of Tina cranberries-orange bread.
Everything came out great, but I am about dead now.

Tina in CT said...

The cup of coffee is a work of art. They do the same in Moscow too.

Too bad the office planned the Farm Day the day after the adult evening the night before - poor planning on the office event coorinator's part. Sounds like the adult night and the day on the farm were both a lot of fun. It's a shame that there is such a long waiting list as I'm sure your boys would have loved to attend a program.

Katya said...

Today I went on my first hunt for Thanksgiving items...
- I couldn't find corn flour but I found polenta so I am going to try soaking that to make cornbread. If that doesn't work I will drive to the gluten-free store to look for some.
- No cranberries, fresh or frozen. I did find a jar of cranberry sauce. I am going to taste it and see if I can make it work.
- No canned pumpkin. No pumpkins. No pumpkin pie.
- I did find pecans but no corn syrup and no maple syrup. I found golden syrup so I am going to try making a pecan pie.
- I found green beans and sweet potatoes.
- Turkeys are very pricey... so I think we may roast a chicken. Or kangaroo fillet for Thanksgiving?!?

Anonymous said...

How about emu?
I was about to suggest it in my first reply, but thought better about it. It might work thou...

Anonymous said...

On the other hand - kangaroo is a native Australian (bird) is it not?

Katya said...

I haven't seen Emu at the market... but lots of wild rabbit.

Anonymous said...

Rabbit is good native (bird) but it is not an Australian native, as far as I know

Katya said...

It's not native... but it is plentiful.

I wonder if people eat parrots or cockatoos?

Tina in CT said...

Even though I do eat meat, the above suggestions give me the heebie geebies. My suggestion is chicken.

The Moscovites are not having a Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Matt in NC said...

They give hay rides in steel cages down under?