Happy Halloween 2014

The Colorado Traveling Ducks and their humans wish you all a very Happy Halloween.   We are all here with lots of candy to give to the trick or treaters.   We like the young ones. the teenage trick or treaters, and the parents, too.  Everybody that comes here is offered candy.

The Colorado Traveling Ducks wish you a Sweet Halloween

The Colorado Traveling Ducks wish you a Sweet Halloween

As you can see, there are a lot of ducks in our family.   We thank everyone that brought new relatives to us.   Have a sweet time today.

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This Animal has Three sets of Eyelids

Yesterday we went to US Bank.   They usually have a sign with quiz for the day.  This one was new to us.  What animal has three sets of eyelids?  The correct answer, according to the teller, is a camel.  They have 2 sets with eyelashes to help protect their eyes from sand.  The third set is very thin and acts as a “windshield wiper” to clean the eyes.  This thin eyelid opens and closes from side to side, not up and down.  This eyelid is thin enough that the camel can somewhat see through it.   During sandstorms or high winds, the camels often close this thin lid to protect the eyes, but still able to see where they are going.   Wow!  I am so glad we went to the bank and learned this.  I never knew about three sets of eyelids.

A camel

A camel

The White Fence Farm of Colorado

You have to eat at this restaurant!   I, Zeb the Duck, went to the White Fence Farm for dinner.

White Fence Farm for dinner in Lakewood, Colorado

White Fence Farm for dinner in Lakewood, Colorado

The food was great, but even if it wasn’t, this place has so much to see.

I went with Soapy Smith Duck, little Pumpkin Duck and our moms.   The front yard of this farm style restaurant has a gazebo,

Looking from the gazebo to play area in front yard

Looking from the gazebo to play area in front yard

a play area, statues of many animals and

Ducks!  Our kind swimming

Ducks! Our kind swimming

a stream and pond with ducks.  There are also peacocks in an enclosed area.

Peacock is bright blue

Peacock is bright blue

We really liked this delivery truck for White Fence Farm.

Great truck

Great truck

This restaurant opened in 1973, as “Wilson’s Good Eating” and was an immediate success.   They added a Country Cottage to give diners an opportunity to shop before and after dinner. Country Cottage is still there and so is Giggleblossom Cottage.

Giggleblossom Cottage is a great place to shop

Giggleblossom Cottage is a great place to shop

In 1981, Wilson’s Good Eating made an agreement with the White Fence Farm Restaurant near Joliet, Illinois.   The menu was simplified, the award winning chicken recipe was served and the OK Corral was built.   Denver’s White Fence Farm was created.   At the OK Corral, we fed and touched the animals.

This goat likes Soapy's mom

This goat likes Soapy’s mom

We love these animals.

Small cow looking for food or humans to touch him

Small cow looking for food or humans to touch him

After all the animal contact, the humans needed to wash their hands.

Always wash your hands.

Always wash your hands.

Around the farm we found a 1925 Ford Model T one ton truck.

1925 Ford Model T Truck

1925 Ford Model T Truck

This truck cost $1,300 when it was new.  It did not have a gas gauge.   A stick inserted in the gas tank showed how much fuel you had.   We liked this old farm equipment.  This Rest Haven was Out of Order.

Have to use indoor plumbing.

Have to use indoor plumbing.

Inside the farmhouse, or restaurant, we found many dining rooms.   Each was friendly, cozy and very nice.   While waiting to be seated, some people sat in this area.

Enjoy this cozy room while waiting for your table

Enjoy this cozy room while waiting for your table

We had the famous country fried chicken.  Yum.  The chicken dinner has 4 pieces, or ½ a chicken. The waitress placed a big plate with 8 pieces of fried chicken on the table.   Everything was delicious.

After dinner, we visited the Americana Barn.  The barn is huge and attached to the restaurant.  There is an indoor play area for small children. The Carriage House has the Hen House Five entertaining.

Entertainment for young and older humans

Entertainment for young and older humans

You will love them.  There is also an indoor stage, called the Front Porch Stage, featuring live entertainment.

Enjoy the inside Front Porch Stage

Enjoy the inside Front Porch Stage

Tables are here and you can purchase snacks and beverages while you are entertained.  There is so much to see and do at The White Fence Farm that you will want to return often.   And, the food is excellent.  For more information visit www.whitefencefarm-co.com

My Friend was in England

Zeb the Duck here.   You remember my friend, Channel the Bear. She was in England for over a week. Channel sent this photo looking at the English yard and garden. She was at a friend’s house in Brenchley, Kent in England.

Channel in Brenchley, Kent in England

Channel in Brenchley, Kent in England

Thanks for the photo Channel.

And, Channel brought me a present.  A new cousin!  This is Clive, he is an English Bobby.

Meet Clive.  He is an English Bobby.

Meet Clive.  He is an English Bobby.

The policemen in England are called Bobbies after Sir Robert Peel.  He set up the first organized police service in London in 1829.  Clive is a very welcome addition to our duck family.  Thanks Channel.  I bet you had a great time in England.  But we are all happy that you are back home now.

The Pumpkin Patch at Rock Creek Farm

We went to the Pumpkin Patch.

The Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch

We walked around the field. We picked up pumpkins and brought them home.  I, Zeb the Duck, Soapy Smith Duck, Pumpkin Duck and our moms visited the pumpkin patch in Broomfield, Colorado, just a little northwest of Denver.

Rock Creek Farm has over 100 acres of pumpkins for you to choose pumpkins.

One of many pumpkin fields to enjoy

One of many pumpkin fields to enjoy

There are several different fields. Soapy’s dog, Steve, went with us.

Steve is busy exploring in pumpkin fields

Steve is busy exploring in pumpkin fields

Steve is heading for the pumpkins.   Many of the pumpkins are still growing on the vine. When we came to the farm, we were given this pumpkin saw.   We ducks are sitting here guarding the pumpkin saw.

Ducks on pumpkin with pumpkin saw.  Some call it a plastic knife

Ducks on pumpkin with pumpkin saw. Some call it a plastic knife

After the pumpkins were picked and put in the trunk, we visited the corn maize.   There are different corn maizes of different lengths.   Zeb and Soapy want this longer one of 4.5 miles. Pumpkin Duck wants a shorter one, 1.7 miles.

Entrance to corn maize

Entrance to corn maize

This farm is really kid friendly.  Human kids 5 years and younger can go in the maize for free.   These picnic tables are near the entrance to the maize.

Hay and straw everywhere

Hay and straw everywhere

There are bales of hay and straw everywhere.

Next we went to the kids play area. We like this wagon with hay and pumpkins.

Looks like autumn here

Looks like autumn here

This tractor is also great.

Ducks on a tractor

Ducks on a tractor

Then we saw the farm animals. These pigs really liked Steve.

Our first pig sighting

Our first pig sighting

Cows are just so cute.

The humans pet this cow

The humans touched this cow

The cows like Steve also.

Let's be friends

Let’s be friends

While we walk around, mom puts us in a small brown bag.

Ducks travel in a paper bag

Ducks travel in a paper bag

But, while looking at the goats, the goat wanted to eat us!

Hey mom.  We need a little help here

Hey mom. We need a little help here

That was not so much fun for us.   The moms thought it was really funny.   The human kids can play here

Little humans have so many places for fun

Little humans have so many places for fun

on the slide and in the bouncy house.   Before leaving, we go to the booths to pay for our pumpkins. We also bought pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles on top. Water was also purchased. Steve was thirsty after the pumpkin patch, so she drank most of the water we brought. Look at all the different types of gourds and stuff they grow here.

So much to see and purchase if you want

So much to see and purchase if you want

This is a great place. We hope you visit the pumpkin patch this week. There are still hundred of pumpkins, but they are going fast. Visit www.RockCreekFarm.com    for more information.

Eastern Colorado Prepares for Autumn

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck, went to eastern Colorado recently.   Please welcome our newest member of the Duck family.

Pumpkin Duck joins the Duck family

Pumpkin Duck joins the Duck family

Pumpkin Duck was recently hatched.

We love the mountains in the west, but the east has farms.   We found these bales of hay near the road.

Ducks on hay

Ducks on hay

The bales are scattered in the field with wind turbines in the background. The eastern plains of Colorado are often windy, so wind turbines are a common sight.

A little further down the road we saw these machines.   Mom is not sure what they are doing, but the green machine works in the field.

Working on the farm

Working on the farm

The green machine keeps something from the field and empties it into these trucks.

Pouring stuff into truck

Pouring stuff into truck

Farming requires a lot of hard work.

Ready to begin work

Ready to begin work

Here there were several men nearby getting ready to start work early one morning.

Many crops are already harvested.   Now the hay is being prepared for winter.  Some bales are stacked in the fields.

For winter

For winter

Some are stacked in a shelter.

Stored under shelter

Stored under shelter

Farms often have animals in addition to crops.

Love the cows

Love the cows

These cows are happily grazing.

Irrigation system

Irrigation system

Eastern Colorado does not usually receive enough rain, so irrigation is necessary for crops to thrive.

This farmer might be a Denver Broncos football team fan.

Colorado loves the Denver Broncos

Colorado loves the Denver Broncos

Love the orange and blue!  Viewing acres of cared for farmland is beautiful.

Eastern Colorado farm

Eastern Colorado farm

But, we ducks love the cows the most.

Love this cow

Love this cow

When we see farms, we appreciate the hard work done here to bring food to all of us.

Diwali

Zeb the Duck here and want you to know that today, October 23, 2014 is the first day of Diwali.   I just learned this. Diwali is the Festival of Light!  Diwali, or Deepavali, is a religious holiday observed by Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and Jain cultures.  It is a celebration of the victory of good over evil the triumph of light over darkness and the renewal of life.

To celebrate the five days of Diwali, people decorate their homes with lights, watch fireworks, wear new clothes and distribute gifs to friends and family members.  It is also a time for prayer and religious rituals.  Often the decorating lights are small oil lamps called diyas.

We learned this at www.punchbowl.com/holidays/diwali   Thanks to punchbowl for teaching us about new holidays.