|Toasted bagels with cream cheese and coffee|
We got to Dayton at about 11am and stopped off at a hardware store that displayed the Amish Trail sign, only to discover that they had not really anything to do with the Amish, but........... we stayed there for a while anyway, because we got to chat, and chat, and chat a bit more and after a while we had half the family interested in the conversation, I believe. All those people here are so wonderfully friendly. They asked us a lot about Australia and in turn told us a lot about their family, their lives here and about the Amish, amongst which they live. They also produced a little map with all the information we needed and told us about this perfect little restaurant that we just HAD to visit. As it was about lunch time anyway, we couldn't care less if they had shares in the restaurant or not, but we made our way to the Mustard Seed restaurant. A quaint little house turned into a restaurant which offered a cosy ambience.
|The sandwiches don't look like much, but they were to die for!|
|Frank's burger with fries|
All in all the chat and lunch had taken up a lot of our time, so next we made our way into Amish country further down the road and visited a few of their shops. The shops are part of their home and you don't see any electrical gadgets around. The Amish dress differently from us and ride their little horse-drawn buggies. I don't think they are very comfortable (those buggies), because they are not allowed rubber tyres either. Unfortunately I can not show you a lot of pictures, because you're not allowed to take pictures of them or their children. It's understandable, but a pity altogether, because those little children are so cute and all of them wave at you when you pass by.
|Frank managed a picture of a horse and buggy at a little quilt shop|
For my Dutch readers, I think you will have heard about the Amish, but if not, they are very much like the people in Staphorst: very religious and in Staphorst you're not supposed to take pictures either. Anyway, we managed a few outside, as long as there are no people in the picture:
|The road sign makes you aware of the slow moving buggies on the road|
The few shops we visited all had beautiful home made articles for sale. I bought a 4-sample container with fudge made with goat milk and a beautiful wooden basket:
Ain't that cleverly done? We also bought some fresh rhubarb and farm eggs and visited a local cheese factory (not owned by the Amish), where we had hoped to actually see some cheese being made, but they only sold cheese. Next we went to a little business that made toys. That was fun! They had all kinds of funny and interesting toys, amongst which was a little toy chest-cum-piggy bank. We were asked to put in a $5 note and try to get it out again. Actually, what the man said was: "You get it back if you can get it out again." Well, no such luck, it was so cleverly done. We did get our money back though. ;-) Next we were asked to put a quarter (25c coin) in another wooden piggy bank. We almost jumped sky high, because the whole thing exploded! In it the man had hidden a mouse trap.......... Anyway, the list is too long to go on about all their wares, but a good time we had! They did have an interesting little board game though, so we might go back to pick one up one day.