Thursday, October 17, 2013

The pumpkin patch

I love fall and I love the typical fall traditions in the US. Going to the Pumpkin Patch is one of them and a lot of fun, especially for the kids. It was great to see that Sophie really enjoyed it this time. We have been every year since she was born, but this was the first year she really got something out of it. She loved the animals in the barn yard and was really excited about the hayride ("a tractor, a tractor") and picking out pumpkins out on the field. It was HOT though, we had almost 30 degrees Celsius on this mid-October day.

We went to Old Baker Farm in Harpersville, which is about a 45-minute drive from our house. It is a family farm that not only grows pumpkins but also cotton (amazing - I have never seen cotton fields before), Christmas trees and tends to numerous live stock. It is pretty and has been around forever, established in 1899.

The only thing I did not like about out trip was the fact that they had their Western Cowboy Days when we went, which featured several shootouts and robberies during their hayrides with more shooting (thankfully not on ours). The kids were scared and to be honest, I was shocked. Of course, they did not use real munitions, but it was loud and violent. A different culture here for sure...

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