“Bring the whole family out for a Kintail Country Christmas and step into the wonderful world of Holidays past.”
That’s what the article said. So we did. On Saturday afternoon, after a certain amount of hemming and hawing (because we knew that she would want a sleepover afterward, and we had to determine if we were up for that). It wasn’t the whole family: just AC, Cuppa and Nikki Dee. We had a fine time enjoying two sleigh rides to stories, music and crafts.
The first thing we did was to take a ride on a two-horse open sleigh. There wasn't much snow, but these huge guys had no trouble pulling us. I didn't think Nikki Dee enjoyed it very much, but then she asked for another turn at the end of the day.
Inside the old residence and present museum, they had stories for the kids and this musician. He played the guitar, mandolin, violin, and he also sang. He was very personable and lots of fun.
The place was nicely decorated, including this old piano.
I spotted more simple decorations beyond this doorway. It was nothing extra special, but it felt good to be there and experience a visitation from the Ghost of Christmas past.
In keeping with the olden times theme, Father Christmas was present and receiving children. Nikki Dee was not impressed. Bearded guys in red suits are one thing, but how to explain one in a blue suit. "No Buppa. This isn't Santa, and I don't want anything to do with him."
In another building, there was a craft activity for the kids. A kind lady tried to show Nikki Dee how to spread lard on a pine cone before rolling it in birdseed. A pretty neat idea.
Eventually, Nikki Dee was attracted to the playground and had a turn or three on this tire. The boy in the red coat had fun giving everybody a ride.
Just to give you the flavour. One little girl has obviously taken step dance lessons, and Nikki Dee didn't quite know what to do.
I think this needs to become a tradition — for a few years anyway.