A Weekend Of Visits.

What a lonely species we are, searching for signals of life from other galaxies, adopting companion animals, visiting parks and zoos to commune with other beasts. In the process, we discover our shared identity. ~Diane Ackerman

I’ve been away from my blog for a couple days… We were off on little adventures this weekend. Doug stayed home, so he didn’t make it into any of the photos. That’s for the best though- he’s not a good house guest.

We took the daughters and went to visit my wife’s college roommate who lives on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. It was a relaxing Saturday, and we were lucky to have mild weather to enjoy it.

We saw lots of these- Photo by Aine Kurth

We saw lots of these- Photo by Aine Kurth

Our first stop was The Farm At Oatland North.

This is a retirement home for various animals including horses, goats, chickens and lots of cats.

We stayed for quite a while, petting horses and marveling at the size of the goats… One was almost big enough for me to ride!

The property is meandering and we walked around to the various enclosures to visit.

My daughter loves horses, so this was a treat for her.

I like all animals, but the goats were what interested me as far as the livestock went… Goats are strange creatures to me… I think I want a couple mini ones…

Little Phil the tourguide- Photo by Aine Kurth

Little Phil the tour guide- Photo by Aine Kurth

With all of the farm animals around I was a bit surprised to discover my favorite critter there is Little Phil, a young Maine Coon cat.

Little Phil was a stray who found a new life at the farm. I never saw a cat who appreciates life as much as he does.

Little Phil greeted us like a dog, running up and joining our little party.

He walked with us to see each animal, and laid down to patiently wait for us to move on.

We were told that Little Phil is particularly fascinated with the horses… He almost seemed proud of them as he was showing us around.

He’s a lucky cat… and he knows it.

Good food inside...

Good food inside…

Saturday evening we were treated to dinner at Bennie’s Red Barn,  a landmark on the island since 1955.

Our hosts run The Barn, it being a family held business since the beginning.

The food is wonderful and so is the atmosphere. The wait staff wear white jackets and some of them even sing!

It’s not your typical eatery. If you’re ever in the area, drop in for a meal… Call ahead though, they’re always busy.

It was nice to get away for a bit, but now it’s business as usual here at home. I have more posts planned this week for the Connect With Your True Self series…

I guess I better get to writing… and drawing. Doug feels left out and he doesn’t handle jealously well… Silly monkey…


  1. analyticalperspective · · Reply

    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for reading!

  2. I enjoyed reading about that little cat. glad you had a chance to get away!

    1. Thanks… He’s a great cat. I wish he lived here with me, until I remember I already have five cats…

      1. Yes… five. My daughter brought two with her when she moved in. Now I have a mini farm of five cats, two dogs, six chickens, a teenaged girl and an elderly Father… I’m not complaining though… It’s always entertaining around here!

  3. This is SO great! I donated my horse to a retirement home where she got the attention of lots of young girls.just goofing around instead the work schedule I had her in. She had a very good life. I adore animals and hate seeing them locked up. would rather see them on a farm. I am going to look into this place and plan a trip! i need a vacation !

    Thanks for this. Tell Doug I LOVE HIM ! I will speak to him telepathically and tell him so myself. He is never alone.


    1. St. Simon’s Island is a beautiful little town… I think you’d enjoy it.

  4. Wow.. it all looks and sounds wonderful. The animals are so beautiful!

    1. It is Alla… I miss the farm already.

  5. Love the idea of a retirement home for animals!

    1. It’s nice. All of the animals are relaxed and seem to enjoy being there.

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