Saturday, November 30, 2013

An Unexpected Visit

Shortly after returning from the wedding of our daughter Jenny to her new husband Steve up in Minnesota we were sitting in the family room on a Sunday morning when there was a knock on the door and it was them. They were on a driving honeymoon and had been to Niagara Falls, they swung by North Carolina to visit youngest son Alex and made the trek to see us and we couldn't have been more delighted.

Steve grew up on a farm in Minnesota but Jenny finds everything on our farm new and fascinating and its a lot of fun watching her explore and interact with the animals. She may be almost 30 but she hasn't lost her sense of wonder at the beauty of nature and I like to think she got that from me.

We got a kick out of her taking pictures of everything from the big animals to in this case a grasshopper Steve found for her in our pasture.

We used some ripe Juniper berries in a roast recipe we fixed for them and she was amazed when we just went out and got some off the trees and of course she had to take pictures. We did a lot of hunting, fishing, crabbing and gathering when she was growing up but the bounty of this area is something she finds unique.
Halloween is a big deal in our house because Holly and I married on Halloween and to us its a joyful day and marks the start of the holiday season. We may all be adults but we all still like to carve pumpkins and we have a blast with the kids who come for trick or treat. So, since they were here we all carved pumpkins.

Steve is a bit more artistic than most of us and carved an Insane Clown Posse pumpkin (I had to Google it) that looked just like the pictures on the Interwebs.

We are thinking that in the not too distant future there may be 4 generations here on the farm carving pumpkins..hint, hint

And so this is what our Trick or Treaters were met with when they came to our door, from left to right, Steve's Insane Clown Posse, mine, Jenny's, Judy's traditional, and Holly's rabbit jack-o-lantern.
It was short but it was a good visit.

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