Yesterday I took K to a farm for the afternoon, not the day, we didn’t take a picnic or do anything that might be stressful for him, we went for a couple of hours in the afternoon after we had had our usually lunch at home.
This was more than enough time for him, a couple of hours anywhere, doing anything is usually all he needs before he starts acting up and wanting to go home.
So we got there for just after 2pm, I got him a bucket of feed and we went to find the cows, K has been obsessed by them lately, and keeps mooing at people. He was excited to see the cows and gave them some of his animal feed. He even posed for a picture.
Then we went to see the ‘naughty’ goats, he laughed as they tried to take the feed out of the bucket instead of the little bit he was holding for them. He surprised me as I thought he might be a little intimidated by them due to there size and how pushy they could be to get the food, he seemed totally at ease.
A Horse and cart ride was next, he hid when the lady driving it asked if anyone had any questions and buried himself into me, but I told him it was fine, we could just listen and he relaxed again. He liked being told about the cows and about how the Bull was going to be moving to a new home soon.
Next we went to see the lambs and the sheep, he loved the lambs, he stroked them while he fed them and spent a long time there, hand-feeding them and patting them really gently on the head while he did so.
We went for a walk around the pond and around the maze, before I watched him play in the forts and run through the tunnels, and finally there was time for some ice cream and a cup of milk for K and a coffee for me in the cafe.
Overall it was a really lovely afternoon, K really enjoyed it, we didn’t have one meltdown or sad face all the time we were there, it was pretty quiet, probably because we got there late and missed the people that would have been there for the day, or a picnic.
We were able to walk around without feeling like it was crowded, there were plenty of other children there but he was able to play on his own in his own way. The animals all looked really well cared for and been able to feed them was a real highlight for K.
We will definitely be going back, maybe next time we can take K’s Dad with us, he missed it this time as he was at work.
Here’s a few of my pictures from the day (I took them so I am not in them)