Fun in Massachusetts : Family Vacation Time! - The Magic Onions

Fun in Massachusetts : Family Vacation Time!

I’m excited to share more photos from our recent family vacation to Maine and Massachusetts. I’ve shared all about Maine and here is what we discovered in Mass.

The MOST amazing roadside farm stands. EVERYWHERE! Mostly organic! We feasted on delicious, locally grown fruit and vegetables. The tomatoes!! Oh gosh… they were a phenomenon! We couldn’t get over how utterly yummy they were in the Pioneer Valley. We ate them like fruit! We and we ate them on toast with mayo too, of course (one of my favorite things in all the world)… at least once every day!

 

Photo of an Organic Fruit and Vegetable Stand : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

We played in the cornfields. Hide and seek is THE BEST GAME in a cornfield. Teddy played with abandon but Kitty couldn’t help looking around her with worry every now and again, asking, “Are we allowed to do this?”… Which would make her father, who she is SO like, look around him with that same worried look.

 

Photo of an Organic Corn Field : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

We spotted this little toadstool gnome family in a window of a house and we knew immediately that ‘our kind of people’ lived there.

 

Photo of a Toadstool Gnome Family : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

We spotted mushrooms, of course.

 

Photo of a Mushroom : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

We visited a pioneer graveyard in Deerfield. Many of the gravestones dated back to the the 1700’s. One gravestone sat on a mound and read that it was in honor of 43 women and children who were captured by the Indians, taken to Canada and never seen by their loved-one’s again. The kids were horrified and said how they didn’t like the Indians. We talked a little about the conflicts between the Pioneers and the Native Indians and how history is never one-sided, even thought it is almost written that way. Both sides usually have valid concerns and it’s much better to try to work out solutions that work for everyone instead of turning to violence. You need to empathize with the other side, in order to find a workable solution.

 

Photo of a Family Graveyard : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

We stayed in a delightful VRBO (you can see it here if you are looking for a great place to stay in the area), complete with egg-laying chickens which, of course, the kids utterly fell in love with.

 

Photo of a chicken : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

We visited lots of museums and art galleries. The Emily Dickinson House was mine and Kitty’s favorite. We toured where she lived and walked upon paths her own very feet had actually touched as nature gave her inspiration for her many famous, beautiful, poems.

Teddy’s favorite was this museum that presented art made by rolling colored paper into shapes. The intricate details of each piece was utterly amazing and really touched Teddy’s fancy. Look at this hummingbird…

 

Photo of Intricate Paper Art : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

In the afternoons, we returned to our little cottage for a rest and to catch up on our homeschool.

 

Photo of Teddy doing his homework : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of Kitty doing her homework : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Blueberry pancakes for breakfast, followed by tomato and mayo toast and watermelon.

 

Photo of blueberry cancakes for breakfast : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Kitty loved the farm animals in Mass. She adored these donkeys and declared that if we ever find ourselves lucky enough to live on a farm, we would definitely have donkeys to love. I agreed!

 

Photo of Kitty and the donkeys : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of Kitty and the donkeys : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of Kitty and the donkeys : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of Kitty and the donkeys : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of Kitty and the donkeys : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

And then, the highlight of our trip, we went on a trail ride through the forest and farmland. How wonderful it was to be back on a horse again… and out in the open, wild places.

 

Photo of our horseback trailride : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of our horseback trailride : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of our horseback trailride : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of our horseback trailride : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of our horseback trailride : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of our horseback trailride : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of our horseback trailride : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of our horseback trailride : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of our horseback trailride : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of our horseback trailride : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of our horseback trailride : www.theMagicOnions.com Photo of our horseback trailride : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

These photos make me want to go right back!

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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