An invitation last Saturday to an old-fashioned hoe-down out in the country at a family farm came our way. We had no idea who all would be there, but it sounded like fun, so we made the drive up near Lawrenceburg, TN to said hoe-down and enjoyed the afternoon with about 50 other folks who were enjoying the beautiful Fall-like weather outdoors. We had so much fun and the weather was absolutely perfect! Fall has arrived. T-shirts were available to commemorate the day. Loved this. Picturesque farmland out in the country will surely cause a person to relax and slow down. Complete with a rusty old barn. And a crick (creek) running through the front yard. Right after we arrived, an old-fashioned tug-o-war commenced, with kids and adults on both sides. The object was to drag opponents into the water. Haven’t seen a tug-o-war in ages. Farm equipment sitting around. Plenty of shade trees for just hanging out. A blue-grass group played some lively tunes for the day, as well as the square dancing that commenced in the evening. A bouquet of pretty fall flowers in bloom. Dogs running around amongst all the kids. 3 baby kitties were up for adoption. This one was my fave and so sweet and snuggly. No, I did not bring him/her home, but just look at that adorable face. The kids had fun toting these kittens around all day. Horse rides for the little ones. Cows in the pasture. I stand corrected: Scottish Highland heritage breed of cows, these are both bulls. They were really unusual and pretty. So I had to take their pics. He is checking me out underneath those red fringed bangs.
The host of the party was the first one in the dunking machine and family members all lined up to give him a dip, which happened a few times. The family that hosted was so nice, we really enjoyed getting to know them. They have 7 children and I think 16 grandchildren, and most of them live here on the farm in different houses scattered around. Looks like a fun way to grow up. They had activities lined up all day, like rock throwing. Children and adults alike got in on the fun. The last throw was a 20-lb. rock. Some of the girls got in on that one, but I just watched and took pics. I made a new friend. Meet Liberty (love that name!), the host’s oldest daughter. We chatted for a few minutes and I complimented her on her fabric posy she was wearing. She mentioned the shop she got it from and I immediately knew it from blogging (The Pleated Poppy) and told her I was a blogger too. What a small world it is. Liberty is also a blogger, a mom-blogger to be exact and we had a great time blog talking. She was at Blissdom this past year with her blog partner, but of course, we didn’t know each other then. She’s so sweet and fun and I’m so glad we got to meet! You just never know when you’ll run into another blogger.
It was a full day of activities, including this one….kissing a pig! Have you ever heard such?! I didn’t kiss the pig, but was there to document it for everyone else. 🙂 What a hoot! The sweet baby pig had been freshly bathed and was wrapped in a towel. Thank goodness, you really do want a clean pig for something like this. 😉The kids lined up and begin smooching the pig. He was pretty cooperative, with a few grunts and squeals along the way. He got really indignant when this big guy grabbed his piggy jowls and planted a big one on him. It was hilarious, all the squealing that emitted from this little guy! Sweet and tender kisses. Adults and kids alike. A last kiss and we are done with pig-kissing for the day. I’m so glad I got to witness that one, my life is complete now. 🙂 He really was a cute little piggy. One of the daughter-in-laws has a jewelry business and was selling some things, so I couldn’t resist this beautiful turquoise necklace with Swarovski crystals, to add to my jewelry collection. I loved the crystal coral shaped piece in the middle. As dusk fell, it was time for the BBQ. The host’s wife and daughters served up homemade and delicious grubb for the whole gang. It was SO tasty! As the sun went down, the air begin to cool off and actually got chilly out there. Good thing I brought a jacket, but the bonfire helped to warm things up. They had strung up some pretty lights over the make-shift square dance floor and the music began and dancing commenced. We didn’t stay too long for this, since we had a 3 hour drive back to Birmingham in front of us, but listened in front of the fire as kids and adults do-see-doed around the dance floor.
It was a warm and memorable time with some great folks. We enjoyed talking and meeting many of them and the host family was so nice. I loved their big family and how close they all seemed. Totally a great way to grow up, I can see their kids are right at home out in the country.
Right before we hopped in the car to drive back home, we tilted our heads back and looked up at the starlit sky. It was SO beautiful! Those stars looked close enough to touch and were so sparkly. Living near a big city, you just don’t see stars like that all the time. I had forgotten how clear and crisp stars can be. What a glorious sight it was! God’s handiwork, right in front of our eyes.
Hoe-downs are fun!
Linking to I ♥ Faces Summer linkup.
Amy @ Living Locurto says
What a fun time! Those cows crack me up and that baby pig is adorable. That’s some country fun for sure. Thanks for joining the party. Have fun learning about your camera. We have lots of great tutorials over at I Heart Faces. That’s how I learned:-)
Looks like a great time was had by all?!?!? Those cows are so unusual and actually kinda pretty! LOL
Great pics – I would say you know how to use that camera quite well 🙂 – and a wonderful post.
So glad y’all came and enjoyed yourselves…great to meet a fellow blogger! Especially one so inspiring!
Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says
Sounds like you had a fun day, Rhoda! What a nice family to host a Hoe-down and I liked the ladies’ shirts announcing it, too.
What a fabulous way to end the summer.
What a fun day. I think I live in the wrong place… I have never been to a Hoedown! Oh, and that cow was too cute!
jena sanders says
Enjoyed meeting you. Great post and pics capturing the event @ our place. The two cows you photographed–Scottish Highlanders, are indeed both bulls, and more of a heritage breed, not so much for milking. Have really enjoyed reading your blog the past couple of days! y’all come up and visit anytime.
Hi, Jena, thanks for stopping by! And for the correction on the cows being bulls. Guess we didn’t get the right info. Loved your place!
How fun was that! I love all the pictures…it looks like everyone was having so much fun…even the pig! 😀
Wow, that food looks so good! Looks like you had a great day and got to meet some great new people. And that kitty is too cute.
Thank you for sharing such a magical day in the country and company of new found friends. I have no doubt you slept soundly after spending the entire day outdoors in fresh air. I love these kinds of traditional events. It’s sad that some children don’t ever get the opportunity to venture outside of their development in the burbs.
What a fun and beautiful day! Thanks for sharing it with us. :o)
Looks like it was a lot of fun! On a side note, you are getting very good with that new camera. Your photos are excellent!
That, to me, is the most absolutely perfect day! No kiddin’! I grew up enjoying days like these. There is nothing better than a day full of farm goodness. There is an innocence and simplicity about it. God has given us all we need around us to enjoy life to the fullest. If we would just stop long enough to enjoy it!
I am so glad you enjoyed your day!
Thanks for sharing the great pics.
Sounds like perfect fun!!! I have kissed a pig. It was a moneyraising contest at our school. The grade level that raised the most money got to watch their teachers kiss a piglet. It sounded like the only thing missing was some cloggers! I would have loved to have clogged there!
What a fun time! That little piggy is so cute….
Judy Clark says
Looks like you had a great time. Simple pleasures, that is what life is all about. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.
I really enjoyed reading your post, and loved all of the fun pictures of what looked like a wonderful event. The necklace is great too. Simple times just enjoying the simple things are the best.
Barb Boyack says
Rhoda, what a great day..and that necklace is beautiful.Does she sell them online???
Rhoda…those piggy kissing pics are a riot! Looks like a fun, fun time! Always great to meet another blogger…our numbers are growing, for sure. 🙂