Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Life and Times of Olive the Pug: Taking Time to Smell the Sunflowers.

Thursday was a picture perfect summer day here in central Massachusetts, so Greg and I asked Olive the pug if she would like to go for a little ride.  She said yes, of course, and off we went down to Griswold, Connecticut to Buttonwood Farm to walk amongst the sunflowers.


Since 2004, the good folks at  Buttonwood Farm have been planting sunflowers in their pastures and for about a week at the end of July, people come to view and buy the sunflowers, take hayrides and rides on their cow train.  The donations they receive from the visitors go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Connecticut.  Then, after the week is over, they open the fields to their cows.  Lucky cows!  I have to wonder if that's why the ice cream there is so very good.

  It’s a wonderful idea that has obviously become very popular because when we got there, we were surprised to see that they had a full house of people of all ages.  But that sure didn’t deter Olive from having a great time.  The kids all wanted to pet her and tell her how cute she is.  She couldn’t wag her tail fast enough.


We walked among the sunflowers enjoying the cheery color.



Olive, of course, had to stop and smell at least every other flower and she did stop to get petted a couple more times, too. Sometimes she even multi-tasked.  She’s pretty talented that way.


At the end of the path, we could go up on a slight incline to see the array of sunflowers from a slightly different perspective.


While on the hill, I spied these two little beauties who were all decked out in their finest sunflower regalia.


The wait for ice cream was a little too long at Buttonwood for a tired pug and a couple of tired people, so we continued on our journey back home stopping at the wonderful Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, in Moosup, Connecticut, where I got to taste cucumber ice cream for the first time, which I recommend very highly – a refreshing, sweet taste.  And Olive got to meet a couple of little goats.  They seemed to like each other quite a lot and were disappointed that there was a fence separating them from one another.


Olive ended her day by obliging the photog and posing as a purkey.  


How can a pug have a better day than that, I ask you?  It’s just not possible.  If you were to ask Olive about it, she would tell you that in life, it's very important to take a little time out of your busy schedules now and then to stop and smell the sunflowers.


15 comments:

Sandra said...

OH WOW! I want to DO this... I will add to my bucket list... what an amazing and fun idea... can you imagine how much I could bloviate over walking through a hedge made of sunflowers? and a PURKEY!!! BOL BOL... those babies are so precious and all those cute kids, I am betting Olive was in pup heaven. last but not least.. double wow wow on that road going straight up into that green forest... be still my heart. as long as i don't have to walk or ride a bike to get up there.

TexWisGirl said...

i saw this place on another conn. blogger's site today. :) very cool.

kat from ky. said...

Just absolutely breathtaking!

kat from ky. said...

Just absolutely breathtaking!Was that a gang petting. Lol!

Lydia Martin said...

Seems like a really fun and beautiful place for sunflower lovers...I love them myself! Olive must be one very happy put to be so included!

Lydia Martin said...

PUG...not put...and it wasn't even spell checker

"...E...", from VA, Beth said...

that is too cute. aww, Olive had a great day. i would too, with all those sunflowers. what a gorgeous field. so amazing! one of my faves. ( :

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

To go for a drive and get fussed over and petted makes for a happy dog and owners who get to sample cucumber ice cream are happy too.

Debbie said...

I would love to see this, such an amazing treat for the eye. And olives not bad either!!

Brian King said...

I love sunflower fields and we don't have them in our area. I'm sure Olive enjoyed being the center of attention!

Barb said...

What a great post - and of course, Olive stole the show (along with the sunflowers and cute kids). I'd love to be set loose with my camera in a field of sunflowers!

Gail Dixon said...

Those sunflowers are magnificent! The little girls in their sunflower dresses are so adorable. What a wonderful post!

Pamela Gordon said...

How I wish I could go to a sunflower farm! It's beautiful!! What wonderful pictures of Olive enjoying her day out. Those little sunflower girls are adorable. Have a great week!

Rose said...

What more could Olive ask for? A ride, children, places to sniff...it does not get any better than that!

Roan said...

Cool place! Love the shot with all the people walking through the sunflowers.