School starts tomorrow for teachers. Today I drove out to a farm, in the country.
It was a picture perfect day. The farm is a dairy farm. That means ice cream.
New England + dairy farms = the best ice cream.
This is what I saw while I ate my ice cream. What a delight.
The old is there, too. People need to see the old. Farm life was hard, yet rewarding.
It’s always a pleasure to see the flying American flag.
I think this was a perfect day, and the best way to spend the day before school starts. Don’t you?
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yes, perfect. best of luck to you in this coming year
Thank you, Beth. 🙂
Amen to that, Jennie! I’m also very glad to hear your children will be returning to school. I feel they need it, not just for educational purposes, but a solid start in life mentally and physically.
Have a great year!!
Thank you, GP. Yes, they definitely need it, particularly the younger children.
A perfect day indeed! My dad had one of those tractors. A day on the farm with ice cream is the best! Today the ice cream lady will be by our place and Dot will get a cone too. xo
I bet this brought back memories, Darlene. Yes, it is the best! Enjoy your ice cream with Dot today. 😀
A perfectly sweet day, Jennie. I wish you a wonderful return to school.
Thank you so much, Norah.
You had better weather than we have at the moment here, but the countryside is exactly the same. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
It is the same? Now that’s a wonderful thought. Best to you, Pete.
The scene in your short video could have easily have been taken iin England. Except for the flag of course. 🙂
I’m glad to know that. I always knew we both had beautiful rolling hills, yet hearing from a Brit that it’s the same means far more. No wonder ‘New England’ has stuck. If the first settlement was like England, it would have been called New England. But Jamestown wasn’t. Plymouth was. Best to you, Pete.
A great place to eat ice-cream, Jennie!
Enjoy going back to school. I’m sure the kids will be delighted to see you.
Oh, yes!! Thank you, Opher. We have a week before the kids arrive. Today was a blur of information and team/classroom work.
That does seem like the perfect way to spend the day. Good luck today, Jennie.
It was indeed! Today I was more like a deer in headlights with many new rules and guidelines. Coming to grips with the changes will be hard… like no parents allowed in the school, and no Gloria. I will figure this out!
No Gloria? You have your work cut out for you, Jennie.
I know… I’m in denial at the moment, but I’ll make it out of this fox hole.
Loved the video! It is nice to have a peaceful day before the chaos of the fist day of school. I hope everything goes well. Stay safe.
Yes, it is nice. I am a bit of a deer in headlights after Day 1. All will be fine, though. Thank you, Pam! 🙂
I sure do. Good luck with school this year, Jennie.
Thanks so much, Steve! 🙂
All the best for this school year, Jennie!
Thank you, Magarisa!
It looks like social distancing wasn’t a problem! A beautiful day before school. I hope your start to school is a success, Jennie. Have a wonderful year. I know you’ll make it special for the children. You can’t help it. ❤
It was a glorious day on the farm, Diana. Today was the first day for teachers… and we haven’t been together as a group since March! We were far apart, and it was good to be together. It will be a different year, but we’ll make it work for children.
Best to you, Jennie. I hope the start to school is a huge success.
Thank you, Diana!
You live in a beautiful area, Jennie. I look forward to reading about your new school experiences this year. I must have been absent for the “How to Teach in a Pandemic” class. Somehow, I know you will find a way—that’s what great teachers do!
Thank you, Pete. The countryside in New England is beautiful. You have mountains and we have rolling hills. Today was the first day back for teachers since March. Wow! You can imagine the enormous changes that we have to put into place, and we’ll do it. 🙂
Yes, it looks and sounds perfect! Have a safe and fabulous year, Jennie.
Thank you, Luanne!
You sure know how to sweetly bring in a new school year! Self indulgence is so very important! Injoy your year ahead!!
You are so right, Ren! Thank you. 🙂
The night before the first day of school I could never sleep well; not as a student, and later, not as a teacher. It’s the most exciting day of the year, Cherry Hill ice cream sounds just perfect for calming the nerves. Beautiful way to spend the day – outdoors – before the many coming indoor days.
You are so right, Anneli! The nerves run wild with all the unknown. Cherry Hill was perfect, such a beautiful farm and the best ice cream. Thank you!
Good luck to you tomorrow.
Thank you, Anneli.
Perfect day. I liked the panorama, Jennie. Was like being there.
It was a perfect day, I was lucky to be there. I’m glad you were there, too, on the panorama, John.
I know Jennie loves ice cream, yes she does. How do I know? She told me so in a reply in a past blog post…and you know what? We’re ice cream buds. Yes we are…
– Happy day before school starts, Jennie –
Yes, we’re ice cream buds! I ordered vanilla salted caramel with chocolate covered pretzels. I think it had almonds or some other yummy nut, too. OMG! Thanks so much, Laura.
That is a perfect day! Good luck Jennie. Stay safe.🤗
I think is is, too! 🙂 Thank you, Kim.
I think so too! 😍
Ice cream before school day!! I would love that. The view of the farm is so pleasant. Thank you for sharing, Jennie! ❤
It was very pleasant, Miriam. Thank you!
Yes, I agree it’s the perfect day! In addition to the ice cream and the scenery, I love that red antique tractor.
I was all over myself with excitement at the tractor! It was a wonderful day. You already know how good ice cream is on a New England dairy farm. Yum!
What a place ! I was hoping to see a few pictures of the ice cream! Yoday I bought a quart of the half gallon ice cream and it was so good! Are you starting onlline? Hve a great school year!I am a sub and wonder how it will be this year. I wonder if teachers prefer in person or virtual.
Thrifty pistachio is what I bought
It is gorgeous farm country out there. I should have posted a picture of the ice cream (salted caramel with chocolate covered pretzel bits). We are starting in-person, which is the best thing for preschoolers. Making all the necessary changes is hard, such as no dress-up clothes or Beanie Babies. Keeping children six feet apart is challenging. And all the cleaning takes time. Stay tuned!
Being a city boy ice cream is a different rxperience. That said there’s a kiosk in the railway station foyer called Minus 12, the temperature at which they preserve their products. You can get their delicious vanilla called Jersey Milk either in a cup cone or 500ml or 1 litre recyclable tubs. And if you don’t recycle at home but bring them back for them to reuse they give you 1 pound off your next buy. All of which kind of makes up for the lack of trees and views that you get.. a little!!
Yes, that would definitely make up for the last of trees and view. It’s all about the ice cream!
All the best for the new school year, Jennie! Ice Cream is always the best.:-)) Michael
Thanks you so much, Michael! Ice cream is definitely the best. 🙂
A perfect day indeed, Jeannie. What a beautiful, calm looking place. I like the old tractor too. I’m glad you added that extra bit of fun. Hugs on the wing.
It was a perfect day. Nature and ice cream can do that. 😀 The old tractor was my favorite! Hugs to you, Teagan!
This sounds like a wonderful day, Jennie.
It was, Robbie. I felt lucky to have such a grand view on a beautiful day, and eat the best ice cream.
that is certainly a great way to get in the back to school mode. Of course you might need to go back on Friday for the hey I survived the first week treat too
I think you have a great idea!
Lovely. Brought back happy memories of a September trip: Boston to Maine.
Thank you, Tish. I’m glad it brought back memories for you.
A perfect day before school starts and what a beautiful and marvelous place, Jennie. Thanks for the wonderful share.
You are welcome, and thank you. 🙂
What a perfect view to eat ice-cream 🙂 and what better place to relax before your busy school term.. ❤
Very much so, Sue. Thank you! 😀
Oh my goodness! I’d love to be sitting on that tractor eating ice cream. The scenery is perfect. Anxious to hear how school goes. What kind of ice cream is your favorite?
I’m so glad they displayed their old tractors. It really is a picture perfect New England farm. I had vanilla salted caramel with chocolate covered pretzel bits. Yum! Next time I’ll ask them to add a little hot fudge, and maybe some whipped cream. OMG! I will keep you posted on school. Thank you, Marlene.
Stay safe and good luck Jennie! ❤
Thanks, Debby! 🥰
I know how exciting the beginning of a school year is.
Best wishes for a new school year.
From a retired school teacher.