12 May 2010

Southern Road Trip Diary, pt 4

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photos by Tom b.

- H&M dress
- AA floppy hat
- UO flats
- 70s leather & wood sandals (had to trade out for the flats to walk around in the animal pens!)

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(cute barn cat... feeding the goats... petting Elliot the donkey)

Our last stop on our trip was spending the night in Stuart, VA. Our friends Tanja and Jeff live in an old farm house with about a billion animals all around. Pretty much heaven! The animals are a result of Tanja's involvement with a local animal rescue group. Most of them were abused or abandoned and have found a wonderful new home on their farm. If I remember correctly there were 3 goats, 2 sheep, 2 horses, a donkey named Elliot, 5 dogs, 5 ducks, a few visiting geese, 5 guinea hens and 20-something cats! The cats of course were my favorite (if I had to pick). There were house cats and barn cats, forest cats and porch cats! Inside the house there was a cat room where the fosters were kept while waiting for adoption.

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(Elliot the donkey... hanging out by the barn... goat head butts!)

Tom snapped plenty of photos of the goats and Elliot the donkey but the horses and sheep were pretty shy. Well, except for when Tom would kneel down to take a photo. Then the sheep would sneak up behind him to check him out!

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(goats like to have their photos taken too... I was on a hair-washing strike on our trip - day six!)

I think if Tom had to pick a favorite it may have been Barney the three-legged chow. He is the resident watch dog and just one big teddy-bear of a dog. And then there was Love Bug the cat who sort of thought he was a dog and followed us everywhere we went. Too cute!

Tanja treated us to lots of hearty food during our visit including fresh duck eggs for breakfast. I'd never eaten duck eggs but I'm always up for trying something new and I have to say it was quite good! They're a bit larger than chicken eggs and have a creamier texture. I imagine they would be wonderful to bake with.

While we were visiting I was wonderfully inspired by all of the work Tanja is doing with the local animal rescue group. I was hoping there would be a way to donate help directly to her group. Then I found out that they work with PetFinder.com for all of their adoptions and donations. If you'd like to support Tanja and so many others like her, or if you're thinking adding a pet to your family, I highly recommend that you take a moment to learn a bit more about Pet Finder.

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(the big dogs... the farmhouse... Tom and Barney... Tanja... little lady goat)

34 comments:

Rebecca said...

I love the H&M dress, probably because it looks like it's made of chambray. It looks like you had a fun time on the farm, what an amazing place to visit. I think Eliott the donkey would be my favourite!

~ the dandelion girl ~

Tess said...

I'm absolutely in love with this entire post. For one, you always have the most gorgeous photos I've ever seen. Truly. For two, you might know that I'm vegan so there's very little that I enjoy more than farm sanctuaries. And that beautiful old farmhouse? Ah, icing on the cake! I wish I could visit them and spend the day with the animals. One of the sweetest animals I've ever met was a blind cow at the Maple Farm Sanctuary here in MA.

Pawi Macarena said...

i love all the pictures you always upload to your blog and i ask myself how you have so much time to take them, cause, for example, i don't have any time to go to a special place to take pictures.... anyway, really nice pictures :) you have really nice clothing too :D

BaronessVonVintage said...

These photos are just gorgeous. That first one is AMAZING!!!

Justice Pirate said...

aw I love all the animals!!!!!!!!!!!! I want a goat. I told my husband that, but they don't do so well in the suburbs of NJ. :(

Cindy said...

Although I have been anxiously awaiting your write-up about the clothes you found in the abandon house, I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed your vacation pictures, Tom is amazing with the camera.

Hannah said...

I've loved these posts! They make me want to move to the South, so very badly. But of course, I can't see the 90 degree temperatures!

L. said...

these photos are all so pretty! what a beautiful farm your friend has, and it's so awesome what shes doing for those animals. really a great post.

Betty Noir

karen said...

I am loving your gorgeous road trip journal series. Such lovely, dreamy images. Thanks!

megannielsen said...

Wow you always take the absolute best pictures. I LOVE that dress, and it fits you so perfectly!

Dip-tea said...

I love your pictures. They are so gorgeous. You are an inspiration. The chambray dress is so cute ... and the farm animal pictures are so adorable!!

jenloveskev said...

ahh you look so effortlessly beautiful!! I love it! These are great photos!

Fabulocity in Amish Country said...

Gorgeous pics!! Loveeee the floppy hat! :)

Miranda said...

You're so beautiful and you give me so much inspiration! This is just lovely!

Have a nice day! =)

tess said...

wow your friends are so cool and inspiring, a great cause and a great life

and I love your dress

Jenni said...

Being around so many animals looks like a dream to me. Amazing! Love your outfit, too... I have a similar dress (with puffy sleeves, not cuffed sleeves) and it's one of my favorites. I love how you styled it with the hat.

reckless daughter said...

I wish I had a farm so I could do that rescue thing - what lovely people to take that on!

You look fabulous - I love that you went on hair washing strike I do that too sometimes ;)

Isabel said...

I'm so in love with your dress!

Darling L said...

Not only the clothes are beautiful --I love that hat!--, but the whole post is amazing. Great oictures, great story and great goat! :) aren't those animals sweet? :)

bella vintage said...

what a lovely post..love all the scenery..inspires me to do a southern road trip myself!

ModernismAndVintage said...

Beautiful pics!

Juliet said...

I love your dress!
Is so cool!:)
And the pictures? AWESOME!

I also think that the Tanja's work is really amazing, she's a really nice person if she does this kind of thigs.

Sometimes in the world you know people that is really a good people, isn't it?

well, my english is very bad, but I hope you can understand me!
xxx darling!

ana said...

love that first picture, it is absolutely dreamy!

charinthecity said...

Gorgeous pictures, compliments to you and Tom! My fiance and I look at your pics to try and improve on our portrait shots. Love this post in particular with all the animals.

zoƫ, lion heart vintage said...

wow, just gorgeous. this farm is my idea of Heaven... surrounded by loving animals and beautiful nature! also some fantastic clothes thrown in there wouldn't hurt..... ;)

your outfit is beautiful and timeless, as per usual! what a great post.

PS your hair looks great for day 6! holy cow.

Valerie said...

Your friends are wonderful for saving those animals and you are wonderful for sharing about it! It looks like a dream come true to live there.

I have a fish named Elliott. No Joke. He's a pretty cool dude.

goodbyestockholm said...

Adore that floppy hat!!!

s said...

I notice that you deleted the post about the abandoned house full of clothes. Given that several people wrote in about that, don't you think you should address it? Or are you just going to sell the clothes in your shop anyway?

Lara said...

I love the photos! I also can not believe that you went 6 days with out washing your hair! I could never do that. You are lucky to get me one day. But I have pretty limp oily hair so that may be the difference

MOUSEVOX VINTAGE said...

This is so southern it melts my own lil' southern heart.

Bench Shoes said...

I really like this dress! So adorable

jozefina said...

so cute photos!!!

christina said...

Day 6?!? How did you get your hair to stay in such good shape? You must share! Mine gets greasy by the end of the day. I shutter to think of it on day 6.

Common Threads said...

great photos and lovely dress!
mandi