Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Rural Life Museum

I've lived in East Kilbride for four years now, and have never been to the Museum of Rural Life. It's part of the National Heritage museums, and is a working farm, using techniques and equipment from the 1950s. The farm was donated by a woman called Margaret Reid after she passed away having had no children of her own to pass it on to. 

Taking advantage of a 2-for-1 voucher (anything to save money), the wee one and I took a visit there today with my aunt and cousins who are up to visit from Birmingham. It was so much fun.  We got to ride a tractor up to the working farm, visited the smelly pigs, and got followed around by a mysterious black cat. (Black cats better be good luck by the way, it crossed our path SO many times!)

The tractor ride was VERY bumpy, but the wee one loved it, shouting "bump bump" each time we hit a ditch. Once off the tractor, you can wander around the farm. The pigs were massive! There were a few piglets, and a great big mummy pig, who was charging around looking all protective. I can still smell them...

We got to see a lovely Clydesdale horse called Marie, who was just gorgeous. She had a beautiful coat, and the wee one wasn't afraid to clap her. We were rubbing Marie's nose and she began to fall asleep. Apparently Marie's partner Bobby the horse is a bit of a biter, and had a cut leg, so he was in the stable. 

There was a calf who was only a few days old,and I was surprised to learn that they're taken away from their mothers after only a few hours! Because they are dairy cows, they would only produce enough milk for their calf after birthing so they are separated almost immediately. Quite sad really. Poor calves. 

The museum area is quite something with all the old fashioned ploughs, tractors and machinery, along with the history of farming in Scotland and a movie bit we didn't go in to. 

It was great for the wee one to spend time with her "English Cousins". They hardly get to see her since they live so far away, and it was so lovely to see them bonding. And it was great to catch up with my aunt! They found out this morning that their bid had been accepted on a house they desperately wanted, so she was quite overwhelmed today! 

We had a fab day, I'll definitely be back, dragging hubby with us next time :o) 

(PS I know this post may sound like a promo, but I haven't been paid or asked o write anything. I went, I liked, I blogged).

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