Back to Berks

I was in the vicinity of Fleetwood and Lyons in Berks County one Saturday and came across these scenes:

Grain silos near Lyons, PA.
A farm raising up some calves.
A peek through the trees at this lovely barn.
I love the stone barn here.
That actually looks delicious … for grass.
I took this photo because I liked the rooster weather vane.
Another lovely Berks County farm.

Sherman’s Valley: A Hidden Gem

Nestled between the mountain ridges in Perry County is Sherman’s Valley. The valley is traversed by Route 274, with its heart in Blain, PA. I came here in search of a couple of covered bridges on Sherman Creek. The narrow valley feels remote due to its situation between two ridge lines. However, it is not to far from Carlisle and Harrisburg.

It was, unfortunately, quite a gloomy morning when I was there. Here is a sampling of what I saw (and, or course, those covered bridges):

Farm house across the road – like my grandparent’s former farm.
The Mount Pleasant Covered Bridge.
Sherman Creek
The New Germantown Covered Bridge
I see these stars all over the place on homes and barns. This one has a twist with the flag motif.
Great red color on this barn.
Nestled against the backdrop of mountains.
I love how this house has been built around a log structure.
Another great red barn.

Pennsylvania’s Fruit Basket

Western Adams County, along the slopes of South Mountain, hosts a large number of orchards. I was on my way to Gettysburg from Pine Grove Furnace and happened on this area by chance. It was a nice surprise.

A look down a row of new trees.
A mature orchard,
I loved this farm peeking out from behind the pond.

I had to visit the Historic Round Barn and Farm Market in Biglerville, PA. The family-owned market has fresh fruits and vegetables, jams, jellies, honey, canned fruits and vegetables, snacks, candy, and gift items. It is well worth a visit if you are near Gettysburg.

A very interesting building and well-maintained.
A signature painted horse out front.
Some adorable residents.

A Quick Visit to Some State Parks

It is one of my goals to try to visit every state park in Pennsylvania. I’ve made pretty good progress so far, but I think some the parks in the western part of the state will be a challenge due to distance. This May I was able to stop by Colonel Denning State Park and Fowlers Hollow State Park.

Colonel Denning State Park in Newville, PA is named after a William Denning, a sergeant in the Continental Army, who made wrought iron cannon for the Army. He was never actually a Colonel. His namesake park hosts hiking, camping, boating, skating, cross country skiing and a swim beach and all the usual picnicking, fishing, hunting and wildlife watching.

The lake at Colonel Denning State Park.
A lovely pavilion next to the dam spillway.

I also made it to Fowlers Hollow State Park, a small state park in Blain, PA in the valley of Fowler Hollow Run. One can hike, fish, picnic, hunt, horseback ride, mountain bike, cross country ski and snowmobile at the park. There is also a small campground. Its trail system connects with the trails in the Tuscarora State Forest.

A nice, shady picnic area.
A group of equestrians was on the move.
A view of Fowler Hollow Run.
And finally, a view from Hemlocks Road in the Tuscarora State Forest.

The Animals Are Just Chilling

While the world goes crazy around them, the animals of rural Pennsylvania seem to be doing just fine …

This cow couldn’t care less.
A horse taking Sunday off.
This looks like a great spot to relax.
Laying down on the job.
A little snack in the sunshine.

People and Animals

Here are some outtakes of my recent photography tour of Chenoa Manor in Avondale, Pennsylvania.

I really love the relationship between the woman and goat here.
Now, hold that pose.
This donkey is quite the cheeky little girl. Hoping for mints, perhaps?
That does not look comfortable.
I think this one is self explanatory.

A Photo Tour of Chenoa Manor

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in a photo tour of Chenoa Manor in Avondale, Pennsylvania and visit with its many wonderful animal residents. Chenoa is an accredited animal sanctuary taking in the neediest of animals with a focus on farm and exotic animals. You can visit the sanctuary by becoming a volunteer, intern or benefactor or by participating in a scheduled workshop or event.

With the help of a guide, our small group was able to enter the pastures for some up close and personal time with the animals. It is clear from the atmosphere that the animals and their welfare are the focus here. You can read more about Chenoa at their website.

An overview of Chenoa Manor.
A pasture with grazing animals.
Grazing pony and donkeys.

It was great to meet some of the animals.

Donkey Felicetta. She was rescued on her way to slaughter.
This handsome guy looked me right in the eye.
This pig was ready for bed time.
A very thoughtful expression from this goat.
A beautiful white goat.
I wonder what this duck is saying?
I think this is a goose, not a duck. I need to brush up on this.

The property is available for events a has some lovely gardens.

A lovely rustic garden at the base of the barn.
A view of the flower garden.
Blessings on those coming and going.

Mascot Roller Mills and Around

Mascot Roller Mills in eastern Lancaster County is well worth a stop if you are in the area.  The site of the well preserved water-powered grain mill welcomes visitors. More information can be found at resslermill.com.  The William J. Morton Bird Sanctuary is adjacent to mill.

Mascot Roller Mills – the original mill on this site dated from the 1730s.

 

The Ressler family home adjacent to the mill.

 

The Summer Kitchen next to the Ressler home.

 

The Groff Store-House across the street from the Mill. Once a local gathering place and store, it now serves as the offices and meeting place for the Ressler Mill Foundation.

Elsewhere in Lancaster County, fall colors are on display …

 

The horses were enjoying the sunny day.

 

An Amish farm.