Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Day at the Pumpkin Patch


Hello, Dear Friends, I hope that you are enjoying 
these beautiful, golden days of October! 

I was recently invited to go to the pumpkin farm
with my daughter, son-in-law, and little grandson, 
so come along with me and we will have a little fun! 


The entrance to the farm was lined with these fun scarecrows. 



A wonderful, vintage Dodge truck was in the parking lot. 

I have a soft spot for vintage trucks, passed down from my Dad. 


My little Grandson is dressed for the occasion
in his flannel shirt and overalls! 
He loves being outside, especially when there are 
other little ones, too.

Although, we mostly had the place to ourselves,
as we arrived just as the gates opened on a Friday morning. 



I love the authentic atmosphere with 
beautiful barns and scenery. 


And of course, vintage trucks! 
My Dad had one very similar. 
It had a crank start - he had to turn 
a crank on the front of the truck to 'prime'
the engine before starting. 

I have such fond memories of riding beside him 
on beautiful New England mornings 
as he drove me to my
summer job as a nanny for my aunt, 
before starting his own long day as foreman of the tool and die
company he worked for. 

We would take the 'back roads' through the farmland, 
as the old truck could only reach speeds of 40 mph! 

He would tell me stories of his childhood growing 
up on his Grandfather's 800 acre 'truck' farm where 
the produce was sold at Boston's iconic Faneuil Hall
Marketplace. 

His Grandfather drove a wonderful old truck, filled to the brim
with produce, 30 miles to Boston each weekend,
with his faithful companion - a little white dog. 

Now I have kept the legacy alive with my own classic Ford Ranger
and two white dogs to keep me company! 


A vintage trailer turned concession stand :)




Specialty pumpkins, gourds and flowers for sale. 


A new generation of vintage truck admirers! 



Time to hit the pumpkin patch! 




Our 'lil punkin' 

xoxo



Pumpkin flowers


A pumpkin washer apparatis - a conveyor belt takes 
the pumpkin for a ride in a stream of water. 


Another view.....

Don't you love the beautiful barn? 

Let's get a little closer......


Baby goats! 


How precious is this? 


Oooooooh! Stinky! :) 




Daddy takes the little guy on the slide. 

He doesn't look too sure .........



But like his Dad, (a proud Marine) he's a true dare-devil! 

He didn't make a peep and took it all in stride. 



We make our way back through the pumpkin fields. 

It was getting a bit cool and windy.


We stop for some photos......


The little family :)
The twins are due in February.
xoxo


Three generations


Time to buy our pumpkins and say goodbye.


And as we take the slow road to home,
we count our blessings for this beautiful
day of fun, togetherness, and the start of a new generation
of family legacy and traditions.


xoxo

Thank-you for coming along, dear friends!

Next time I will show you the pumpkins
that we bought!

xoxo

What are you thankful for?

Today I am linking with:
Thankful Thursday

Won't you join in?

xoxo

37 comments:

  1. Dear Karen ... such a sweet out and about day. I love going to the pumpkin patch and the cider mill is another favorite of mine. Perfect for the fall season. I am thankful for so much ... my hubby, our son, 'daughter' and grand doggy are the first to come to mind. Homespun Hugs ♥ Teri

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  2. ...always take the slow road to home!

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  3. Oh my!So cute grand!Great photos,Karen!Love the vintage trucks!Hugs,Maristella.

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  4. Karen, I am so glad you left a comment on my blog, not afraid of color. It brought me to your BEAUTIFUL blog. I think I'll sign up to see more as you write it. I feel I went along with you. I might just put your blog as one of my likes next Thursday! LeeAnna

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    1. oh, and ooooo that pic of the baby with baby goats!

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  5. This looks like such a fun outing. I remember these when my own kids were little!

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  6. Sounds like so much fun, we went to a pumpkin patch too early in the season but I think it's time to find one again. I've never seen a pumpkin washer before how cool. It must be wonderful to have mountains in the background like that. So nice you have those memories.

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  7. Karen, oh I love pumpkin patches. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us! Your grandson is so adorable! Too cute with the goats and sheep! I too love vintage trucks. And I'm wondering how those Mini Donuts tasted.... xo

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  8. What great pictures of a fun time! Your grandson is adorable! I love going to pumpkin farms - it's our plan to do that with our grandkids this weekend.

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  9. Incredibly lovely post, Karen...you capture so much in your pictures. You live in an area I envy (I've probably said that before!). Love your commentary.

    Oh, goodness...twins! And a great picture of the happy family. You are blessed. We are blessed. So wonderful to see this precious circle of life!

    Jane x

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  10. Your adorable little grandson is the cutest punkin ever! We went to the pumpkin patch (it's called Pumpkin City and it's set up in the mall parking lot) yesterday with our grandchildren. It was fun feeding the goats and ducks. I loved reading about your memories from growing up. Isn't it nice that you can make new memories with your dear loved ones? Hugs to you, Pat

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  11. What a wonderful way to spend a day.
    Your daughter and grandson have your beautiful eyes.x

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  12. The pumpkins fields look gorgeous! I have years ago grown giant pumpkins, the heaviest weighed about 50 kilos. It is a good result in our climate conditions :) You have something wonderful to expect in February - so lovely. I have to tell you that Finlands president, 69 years, and his wife, 40 years, are expecting also their first child in February. Twins or not, do not know.

    Happy weekend.

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  13. How fabulous to see all those orange pumpkins in the field! I really enjoyed your beautiful photos. x

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  14. Karen, I wish I could be there.
    The place is so wonderful!!!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice weekend

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  15. You are certainly blessed with a beautiful family. You took us on an amazing tour. I shouted Gerard over so that he could admire and enjoy the vintage trucks. I too am thankful for family, the countdown until I see them has started.

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  16. The pumpkin patch has to be a favorite Fall tradition. They look so pretty lined up out in the field. Your grandson looked like he enjoyed it. Great picture of the three of you. Can't wait to see what you brought home.
    xx Beca

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  17. Hello, the pumpkin patch visit looks like fun. Your grandson is adorable. love the photos of him with the pumpkins and goats. The three generation shot is great. I am sure he enjoyed the slide. The vintage trucks are cool. Wonderful memories of your father. Wonderful post and photos. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  18. Hello, Karen, my sweet friend, thank you for sharing this beautiful day with us! Lovely pictures from your grandson and the baby goats, and lovely family pictures!
    Wishing you and all your loved ones a wonderful and cosy weekend, sending much Lovs and hugs and blessings , Claudia xo

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  19. What a lovely day out with your daughter, son-in-law and little grandson! I enjoyed seeing the field full of pumpkins. It's not a sight we see here in Yorkshire although pumpkins are popular to buy in the shops at this time of the year. The barns and vintage vehicles are what I picture in my mind when I think of some parts of rural USA. It's good that you can carry on family traditions that are special to you and your family. I'm thankful that I've had a part-time job that fitted in with being able to look after our grandchildren when our daughters were working. Now we're retired my husband and I have even more time for the youngest ones. Today our grandson will be with us after school's finished and will have a meal with us before going to his football training session. Wishing you a lovely weekend Karen.

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  20. What a lovely day with your family. So much to enjoy especially the vintage vehicles. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your pumpkins :). B x

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  21. Wow, what a fantastic family outing you had!

    Happy Autumn ~ FlowerLady

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  22. I always love these places in October...they are such fun and really get one in the mood to enjoy the season! Love your photos. The pictures of the baby with the pumpkins and the goats are so cute. And that mine shaft is such a great idea! What a wonderful family sharing time. Really wonderful photos!

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  23. What a fun place to go! I LOVE that old Dodge truck and the "donut" camper! CUTE! Congrats on the twins! More fun to come!

    Cindy

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  24. Dearest Karen,
    WOW, what a very special post this was; in many ways... you will find out.
    Love the story that seems to be seriously passed on to the next generation indeed.
    Vintage cars like we remember from films like Lassie!
    You must have been Daddy's girl, the way he told you stories about his own childhood.
    We are what we are because of stories like that, the very soul of our family ties!
    How much your cute little grandson enjoyed this; and with the baby goats together - precious photos.
    Oh, February is just around the corner... So anxious for all in your family.
    At the end my eyes popped for seeing the name MARIS.
    My late 1st husband's name was Frans Van Maris... Even with the Van not mentioned here, who knows?! His family tree originated in Hungary in the 15th Century.
    The world can seem small at times but it sure is a surprise to read this here.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  25. Your little grandbaby next to those pumpkins has got to be the cutest thing ever! Bless you and your family!!

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  26. Wow!

    never ever saw such fun fields flourishing with orange pumpkins before, thank you for such wonderful and deeply delightful virtual trip dear Karen!!!

    your area is absolutely worth living and breathtaking!

    Loved this little angle with his daring adorable look ,what lovely family i LOVED the photos of your daughter and her family and photo of three generations ,you are wonderfully gORGEOUS lady with splending smile!

    Hope and pray that twins come to mama's lap with the grace of Lord soon with all the peace and health,amen.

    enjoyed the pumpkin fun so much ,
    photo of your slow road was eye holding .
    wishing you more joys in life ahead my friend!

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  27. Altho, it was a great day had by all, and I really enjoyed my time with you viewing the old trucks, the mine shaft slide and the goats and pumpkins, I must say there are two photos that I favor, ready?

    The Three generations and the family with the twins!!! This they too will remember....I'm a sucker for stuff like this.

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  28. Love looking at those looong rows of pumpkins. There are so many of them, aren't there. The blue Dodge truck is very cool. Aren't you a lucky lady getting to ride in an old truck alongside your dad. Love old trucks. Sweet photo of your grandson with the goats and how lovely is the photo of you, your daughter and grandson. How blessed you are to enjoy a day of fun with your family in your beautiful part of the world.

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  29. That does look like the pumpkin patch in my mind's eye that I would love to visit. I have not been to one yet, but must make a day with my grandkids to go. The local apples are ready too!

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  30. What a wonderful day out! I used to love those visits with my kids. We always took a trip to a local farm that had apple picking and a pumpkin patch. It was first starting out and wasn't too expensive and the kids had a lot of fun. There was even a maze. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Sounds like you had a grand time and OH my the pumpkins. I like how they were in long lines. They did make a good photo op.

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  32. Hi Karen wow love all the pumpkins i hope we see scenes like this when i got to America on Friday,i love the American traditions.
    What a wonderful day spent with family and boy your Grandson sure is a cutie,thankyou for sharing your wonderful day xx

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  33. Wonderful pumpkins and wonderful vintage trucks... and especially wonderful memories, from your childhood and in the making.
    Today I'm thankful for meeting family on Sundays, the delicious meals we can share (my mother cooks, not me :)), the beautiful autumn colours...
    Have a happy and blessed Sunday! xx

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  34. HI Karen....
    What a lovely way to spend the day!
    Your memories are very heart warming indeed💕
    Lovely family...beautiful grandson....twins? You'll be a busy Nana for sure!
    Enjoy your week...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  35. Delightful! A perfect fall outing. I love vintage trucks too, but without your wonderful past association with them that you have. Great pics!

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  36. Oh Karen, what a fun day you had with your family and especially your little grandson. You are passing along some great traditions to him and his future siblings. Twins at that!! As I haven't visited in a long while that is news to me. Wow! Very exciting indeed. I love the antique trucks and all the rows of orange pumpkins in the field. I also enjoyed your story of your father and grandfathers trucks. My great uncle had a small village grocery store and I have fond memories of delivering groceries with him in his big old 1930 something car. Not sure what it was but I remember the back doors opened at the centre with the front doors and there was a blanket rope across the back of the front seat. Those old cars didn't have much for heat so blanket would be needed to keep warm! I hope you are having a beautiful October. Blessings to you. Pam

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