"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence
Over the weekend, the handsome Mr. J and I got to make a stop at my favorite local pumpkin patch to pick out a couple of the lovely squash to carve up. Cobalt, our new pup, joined us for the ride but he was more than happy to stay in the Jeep – a reprieve from meeting new people and experiencing the bustle of a working farm. On a side note, we learned that our “fearless” cattle dog puppy is terrified of cows…
For as long as I can remember, my parents would pack us kids up and make the county drive out to Stoney Ridge Farm in October. We would traipse through the pumpkin patch, pick through the apple orchard, and meet the petting zoo animals. I always got distracted by patting the horses and had to be prevailed upon to join the family on a hay ride out to the patch. My brothers would try to find the biggest pumpkin in the patch and beg my parents to buy it. We would try to lose ourselves in the corn maze, a game of hide-and-seek. Bundled up tightly, we braved the chill wind and occasional rain with a fresh cup of hot cider. And we learned the hard way that you don’t carry a pumpkin by it’s stem. Pumpkin patches are one of my favorite autumn traditions.
Admittedly, it’s not quite the same euphoria now that I’m older. But I still get a happy, warm, fuzzy feeling about pumpkin patches. J had never been to a pumpkin patch, braved a corn maze, picked out a pumpkin, or carved one though, so this was a necessary experience. We got to wander the farm hand-in-hand, surveyed the trapeze goats (yes, they walk along planks to a 30 foot platform for food!), see a real pumpkin tree, laughed at some silly looking chickens, picked out our pumpkins, and came away with some home-made apple and pumpkin pie.
Then it was time to carve those pumpkins into something spooky. Cobalt likes to be right in the middle of things, and pumpkin carving is no different. Our pumpkins turned out great and will be ready to greet guests! We’ll be roasting the pumpkin seeds this week – YUM!
What did you do over the weekend?
Do you have any family traditions for autumn?