While we were in Cleveland, Ohio, our friends took us out for the day to see something of the nearby Amish communities. You can find out more than you need to know about the Amish on wikipedia etc so I’m not going to bore you with those details here.
We enjoyed our day out. The weather was gorgeous and the countryside was beautiful too. The Amish keep their communities beautifully and it was lovely to see washing hanging out to dry. Even in Dallas, where it is stinking hot much of the year, people use clothes dryers bizarrely. None of that for the Amish who had some of the biggest washing lines I think we’ve ever seen.
We visited a cheese dairy, saw how it was made and ate plenty of samples. We had lunch in what was supposed to be an Amish restaurant but was just run of the mill fare it turned out. Then we walked what we were told was “half a mile” down a hill to a place that sold ice cream. We’ve since coined the phrase “an Amish half mile” to describe something which you initially think is a good idea but turns out to be much more effort than you anticipate. The ice creams were more than welcome when we got them!