As promised I am back with photos of our trip to Lancaster County and the home of many religious denominations. We were there to see the Amish way of life in Pennsylvania, but also learnt about the Mennonites. The countryside was beautiful and the Amish homes and farms were easily recognisable by their distinct lack of powerlines running to the properties. The people themselves dress plainly but are very neat in appearance, and are happy and friendly.
We saw lots of buggys
Our guide explained about all aspects of their lives but at times I felt uncomfortable as we slowed down to gawk at them as they undertook outside chores. We stopped at a couple of roadside businesses, but the one that I loved was a family who ran a small dairy farm and also ran a quilt shop.....hmmm sound familiar....lol! Here are some of the photos I took around the farm.
The John Deere round baler driven by a diesel engine, with a seat for the operator and harness for the mules to pull it along.
Don't think we will changing our harvesting operation! Some of the other machinery was also very interesting with no tractors to pull it along.
The mules were huge but were so placid.....I had more than one pat of these giants.
The dairy was quite different from our 21 aside swingover with cup removers etc etc.
This dairy had no permanent milking machines, but instead a portable unit that milked 4 cows at a time. With 35 cows in the herd this would still take some time getting the milking done, although I'm not sure if they milk just once a day.
Their clothes lines were fantastic too......a big long line operating on large pulleys. This was snapped from the bus but there were some a lot more impressive than this one!
Our day finished with a family feast at an Amish style restaurant......no-one left feeling hungery!
Our last day on the East Coast tour started with a visit to Hershey Chocolate World. Apologies to all of my US friends but I did not like the chocolate all......in fact I threw my little samples out!
We boarded our private plane for the last time for our trip back to New York.
It felt like we had only been away for a couple of days but after 6 days we had seen yet another part of the US. We said our goodbyes to our fellow travellers - Clive & Ennis from England; Geoff & Suanna from Australia; and Audrey our tour director, and then it was off to spend our last night in New York before..........Quilt Market!!!!
Linda from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania