October greetings to everyone! Isn’t this a fun picture of the girls? We stopped in at Yankee Candle in Deerfield last week and couldn’t resist a shot in front of these pumpkins. Yankee Candle always does a great job with their fall decorating.
I haven’t written in a while – I hope to remedy that and get back into a more regular groove. In the meantime, here’s a post to bring you up-to-date with what we’ve been up to these past few weeks.
In late September, we finally made it to the beach! This is one of Ginger’s favorite things to do – and one of CPT A’s least favorite things to to do. He’s not a fan of the sun, so we usually time our visits for early fall so the heat and glare aren’t so intense.
This year, we chose to go to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Connecticut. Our day was nearly perfect – still warm enough to swim, but cool enough to be comfortable.
Ginger got in the water right away and stayed in for almost the entire visit. She’s such a little fish!
We definitely recommend this beach. It’s lovely, clean, and there were some nice walking trails that I’d love to explore further on a future visit.
On the crafting front, Ginger’s been busy making more crocheted creatures. Here you see her putting the finishing touches on a Hippocampus. This is another pattern she purchased from Crafty Intentions – one of her favorite places to go for patterns.
I love how the tail turned out.
A more recent creation was this koi which was donated to a silent auction that benefited Justice For Our Neighbors, a charity that pairs immigrants with legal and social services. The koi went for $100 – Ginger was very pleased.
Ginger has also been learning to sew and finished her first quilt about two weeks ago.
And what have I been doing? Not nearly as much as Ginger! I have been crocheting Christmas ornaments, though. Here’s one of the army of snowmen I’ve made this fall.
These go together in about an hour and are a lot of fun to make. If you’re interested, you can find the pattern HERE.
In garden news, things are definitely winding down, though we have yet to have a good, hard freeze. Last week, the front flower bed looked like this:
The bees seem to have all vanished (I imagine the bumblebee queens are sleeping in the leaf litter). Before it got too cold, though, we had a good run of late-season bumblebees. They particularly enjoyed the straw flowers.
Apparently, straw flowers have lot of pollen.
And, before that, we had a “flock” of monarchs who hung around for a couple of weeks. I counted eight in the garden on several occasions.
They were so beautiful. I would be outside and think I was seeing a falling leaf, then I would look up and realize it was a monarch. Just lovely.
The local oak trees produced a bumper crop of acorns this year. I love acorns.
When I walked the dogs, I would collect a handful from the road. Then, I’d toss them out into the garden. They were always gone the next day, though I never saw who took them. I suspect it was the chipmunks.
And, we got eight pumpkins, total, from the garden this year. I have them set up on the mini-wall out front.
Finally, I’ll leave you with a picture I took at Hampton Ponds State Park last week. I had a free hour while waiting for one of the kids’ activities to finish and so stopped at the beach (which was deserted) for a bit of knitting in the sun. The water was littered with leaves and pine needles and lapping the shore with a lovely, gentle rhythm. Such a nice way to spend an hour.
So, now October is over and we’re into November – CPT A’s favorite month, and one of mine, too. Our days have gotten shorter, our trees much barer, and our first snow is likely just around the corner. In the meantime, it’s a blustery Halloween night – seventy degrees, with rain and high winds. So weird.
From the dining room table, enjoying the warmer temperatures while they last…,