After our time in Michigan, we drove to Holmes County, Ohio, to visit some old friends there. We spent two nights with them, and they took us touring and shopping the last day, before we headed to western Ohio to be with Gayle’s family.
We saw a few wheat fields with shocks of wheat.
Big houses and barns are pretty much the norm in this area.
Horses are everywhere, too; Holmes County is the largest Amish settlement in the world.
Sunday evening, the men took the older children to church while we ladies stayed home with our two little ones. They had great fun playing with lawn chairs while we chatted.
They also loved catching fireflies—another first for our New Zealand children!
In the morning, we went to this museum, where are displayed 83 intricately carved boat models—made from elephant tusk ivory and ebony wood. They tell the story of sailing boats from the earliest Egyptian boats to ones built so recently that they are still in use.
More Holmes County scenery.
Here, two men were cutting wheat with an old reaper.
After lunch, we were going back to our friend’s house, and passed an Amish schoolhouse where a few men were working on the building. Our friends stopped to ask if one of the men would give our children a buggy ride, and he seemed happy to oblige.
Relaxing before taking off again!