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October 30, 2007

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

I wasn't looking forward to our planned trip to the pumpkin patch this year. The weather had been particularly cold and drizzly the day of our scheduled outing, but our group of homeschooling friends heads out there together every year and we certainly didn't want to miss out. Besides, what would we do without pumpkins for Halloween? (Our pumpkins from the garden were gobbled up as pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving). Thankfully, the rain stopped just before we left, and by the time we got to the farm, the sun was shining brilliantly!

I tend to go a little camera crazy when I get to this place. They just display everything so nicely, and there's nothing so appealing as endless piles of squash, in my opinion (I think it appeals to my strong hoarding instincts).


The pumpkin patch itself was a bit of a challenge, though. We've had a substantial amount of rain this summer and fall, and the poor pumpkin farmers suffered serious losses (as much as 50% apparently). So not only was the field a mass of rotting pumpkins (probably 95% of them were mushy - making it difficult to even find a pumpkin let alone the perfect jack-o-lantern), but our boots got sucked off our feet with every step.

The sunshine made up for it though, as did the massive flocks of snow geese that were gathering and vocalizing in the area (enlarge the above photo to see them flying in the background).

Huge flocks of these geese pass through the Fraser River delta on their annual migration, and tens of thousands of them spend the winter here before returning to the Soviet arctic to mate.

It ended up being a lovely day, and I was really happy that we forced ourselves to get out of the house in the end. I'll have to file this memory away for those days when I don't want to get out of my pj's.

5 comments:

Steffi said...

Very nice pictures from your trip!It´s nice to see the field of pumpkins!Happy Halloween!

MommyMommy said...

Those are beautiful pumpkins.

dawn said...

I have a strong hoarding sense as well. I have quite a few pumpkins left to work with. Did you see the Praline Pumpkin Torte recipe on Tuesday? I am making pumpkin meatloaf tomorrow, I look forward to that every year. It is great you had a nice time despite not wanting to go out. I find that is the same with me sometimes. Great photos.

BurdockBoy said...

Hello again, I've missed your posts.

That's one thing I missed this year was a trip to a pumpkin patch. Actually though, I didn't notice any in our area. The ones back in the Midwest were wonderful. I have some great childhood memories of visiting pumpkin farms.

Cheryl said...

Steffi - Thanks, I hope you had a great Halloween too (do you celelbrate Halloween in Germany?!).

Mommymommy - Aren't they gorgeous? I love squash!

Dawn - I'm dying to try more of your recipes, they all sound so good!

Burdockboy - It's great to see you around again, I hope things are going well for you guys.

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