Years later, as an adult, I visited the Waterford Fair in Northern Virginia
every Fall with a friend. It brought back memories of when my sister and I spent our summer vacations on a farm
between school terms. The Fair had, and still has, it all – homemade crafts, art shows, weaving, and even blacksmithing (though I can't tell from the website if it's still included.)
We always started the day with the tour of the Heritage homes and gardens; then off to the marketplace and quaint little shops. A huge kettle was in the middle of the main cross street where apple butter was being stirred. We bought jars of it to take home.
Since those days of yesteryear the town of Waterford has received the distinction of being designated a Historic Town. If you're ever in Northern Virginia in early Fall, go to the Waterford Fair
. They have planned activities for the kids, too. It'll be an experience you and they will never forget.
And finally, here's something for a real-life fantasy page
When I was 9, and my sister was 8, we loved to go play at a small clearing by a little stream in the woods on our property. We'd break off a fresh limb to clear away dead leaves and twigs and declare it as our territory. I was Wonder Woman! She was the victim and I used to swing across the stream on a vine that was hanging from a tall tree to protect or rescue her from the wild animals. (We never saw anything wilder than a squirrel or rabbit.) We'd celebrate by eating our packed lunch while telling stories before returning to the real world. Such was fantasy in our wondrous little world!
How did you spend your summer vacations when you were a child? Leave a comment, short or long, and tell us how you had fun. And what was or would be your fantasy vacation?
Below is a cute childrens' book that takes place on a farm: A sleepy boy puts the farm animals in the wrong place for the night! The chicken, cow, goat, pig, rabbit, horse and the duck are very confused. It is up to Dog to match the animals with their correct beds. Can Dog figure out just who sleeps in the coop, barn, pen, sty, hutch, stable and pond? And, what about that chicken in the dog house?
A typical Review: We adore this book. It helped teach my little urbanites some fun farm definitions all the while keeping them entertained. The art is amazing.