We’re just back from our annual fall “Pilgrimage” to visit family and friends in Wisconsin and Minnesota. We started the trip with a stop in Missouri to see my family, and then got in the road to the North Lands.
Our first stop was a return to a Wisconsin B&B we’d stayed in four years ago (http://teri-gonewalkabout2.blogspot.com/2009/10/littledale-b.html ). We had so enjoyed our overnight visit we always wanted to come back and spend more time.
Littledale isn’t your regular B&B. It’s a working sheep farm owned by English couple Graham and Margaret Phillips.
Even with the autumn slipping into winter, we completely enjoyed our longer stay of 3 nights. The front garden was still lovely.
Breakfast was fun with the British touches Margaret adds, like this darling Scottish Blackface tea cozy.
It kept the tea for my morning cuppa steaming hot to the end. Himself opted for coffee.
Breakfast consisted of a bowl of fresh fruit, some banana bread, cereal was available, toast and homemade strawberry jam, with eggs provided by their hens plus sausage and bacon.
Littledale is out in the country and you are allowed to roam around the property.
The yard is lovely. I absolutely love the gate (and its colors) that goes into the barnyard.
This old wagon wheel has been sitting here for a long time…
…a very long time.
Some of the barn cats on the crisp morning.
Racing about the yard were their Chinese Runner ducks. They would run around the corner away from me… then back to see if I was still there… and back around the corner away – over and over again.
I think they should be called ‘Penguin Ducks’!
Frozen water barrel early in the morning.
If you wanted to range out a little farther there was no problem with it. Just remember to shut the gates behind you.
There were all sorts of lovely things to see out in the pastures and woods,…
… like these birds on the fence. I think they are gold finch in their winter feathers.
Round straw bales made a nice backdrop for these foxtails.
Wouldn’t a picnic under this tree be perfect?
I love birch mixed in with other trees.
Lots of rose brambles along the way. I bet it is beautiful in the summer.
The sheep dotted various pastures along the walk.
And eventually you make it to the pens of the big boys.
They are pretty relaxed… just like we were during our stay at Littledale.
Littledale B&B, Richland Center, Wisconsin