The painting thing got us into a little bit of trouble - even if we liked the results (see the door below). You see, not everyone read about the painting in the gathering announcements. And, once you arrive, how do you tell your child "no" when all of the other kids are painting. I suspect there were some shoes and other items that were not used again after that little activity was over. As you can tell from the first photo of this blog post, we moved to colored chalk and encouraged people to draw on our flair box and on other surfaces we provided.
Speaking of this door. We still have it. It sits in the corner of our garage at the moment - but we brought it out and put it on display each and every event after the one during which it was painted. Oddly enough... I still feel good when I see that thing. I'm just trying to figure out how to put it somewhere so I can see it a bit more often. No, do not suggest putting it IN the house. This is a 'farm thing,' not a 'house thing.'
So... here we are. August 31. There was no Summer Festival this year. In fact, there were no farm gatherings this year. Yeah. Pandemics do that to farm gatherings. But, so do changes in what the farmers do. Even if there had been no pandemic, there was a good chance we would have held no gatherings this year anyway. It is sad to consider that possibility, because there was something very positive about these events.
Yes, they were a good deal of work for us. Yes, they could be a bit stressful for us to host them. Yes, it took a few days to recover from them. And, yes... we still miss them.
So, happy Summer Festival away from the Genuine Faux Farm this year. Have a s'more. Paint a door. Push a cart around the lawn. Maybe we'll throw a few tomatoes to the turkeys and record them running around - and it will be just like you're here.