|Sam Arbogast and his Suffolk Draft Horses|
It turned out to be a perfect day for the event, in spite of a rainy morning that had us thinking we might have to postpone or even cancel the event again. Fortunately it cleared and because the rain hadn't been as hard and concentrated as it had last Sunday morning, the ground was fine for ploughing.
Sam Arbogast got things rolling with an introduction to his Suffolk Draft Horses and then led everyone out to the field where he led a ploughing demonstration, ultimately allowing participants to drive the horses themselves.
|Rebecca Clayton talks about bugs|
The scything demonstration by Karline Jensen, followed on that. It turned out that a few people had brought along their own scythes, so participants were able to discuss the relative merits and intended uses of different kinds of scythes, including an antique one pulled out of the Stulting Barn that has additional wooden spikes for catching the crop as it is cut.
|Karline Jensen leads a scything demonstration|
|Eddie Fletcher demonstrates a different, older scythe|
Now you should know that I am finicky about ice cream. I am as discerning as some men are about vintage wines or Cuban cigars. I'd rather have none than a spoonful of mediocre ice cream, and if it's served to me in a restaurant, I'm likely to spit it out demand it be taken from in front of me. I most certainly don't praise lightly! So when I say the ice cream on Sunday as delicious, and a perfect ending to a great afternoon, you know it was really good! I could have made a meal off of it!
The next and last Garden Tour for the season is planned for September 16. Stay tuned for details!