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“Oh how we love pumpkin season.  You did know this gourd-ish squash has it’s own season, right?  Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin . . . We anxiously anticipate it every year.”  Unknown

Today was Pumpkin Patch day.  My Daughter, Grand Daughter and Great Nephew and I spent a few hours enjoying a local farm with tons of activities for kids during this exciting time of the year.  From the Pumpkin Patch itself, to a tractor ride, huge Bouncy Pillow, Hay rides, goats, rabbits and chickens . . . corn maze . . . the kids were so excited and on the run the whole time.  I managed to corral everyone for this picture at the end before we left.  

Great fall fun!

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Linus: “Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere.  He’s gotta pick this one.  He’s got to.  I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one.  You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy.  Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.” It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

My Great Nephew’s pre-school class took a visit to The Apple Barn, a local farm that has many fun and education activities for kids.  I was fortunate enough to tag along and had a blast!  One small part of the morning was a hay ride out to the Pumpkin Patch.  The kids were told that if they could pick out one pumpkin for free, but they had to be able to carry it off the field themselves.  The biggest obstacle was – so many pumpkins to choose from!  He walked around picking one up by the stem and hefting it to see how heavy, then would drop it rejecting is as too heavy.  He did this time after time after time . . . until he found this one . . . the PERFECT Pumpkin!  The look on his face is priceless!

I love moments like this . . . watching a child discover and explore and figure things out for themselves.  And I love that I get to be there to document it!

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“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”  Henry David Thoreau 

In addition to Zucchini, we are growing Pumpkins in the garden.  We got a really nice crop of them last year (I still have some pureed pumpkin in the freezer).  This is just one of them – I think we’ll end up with four or five nice ones.  They are just starting to turn color . . . so pretty!  That is my shadow over the left side.

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