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Weekend Wonders

September 30, 2007

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I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a while. Although we couldn’t share it as a whole family (Big Guy and Big Girl went to Rochester to a cross-country meet and won’t be home until later this evening.)

When I was little one of my favorite things to do in the fall was go apple picking. I looked high and low for a ‘Pick Your Own’ farm in our area, but couldn’t find any closer than 1 hour away…. Fortunately we had an invite to a party at an old friend’s home in NJ and there are a few pick your own farms along the way!

Yesterday morning we headed off to Strawberry Acres farm to pick MacIntosh and Jonagold apples! This farm was much bigger than I’d expected. In addition to apple picking, they currently have raspberry picking going on and offer picking of other fruits when in-season, including peaches, pears, cherries, and pumpkins. There were pony rides, a petting zoo, playground area, hay rides and they have weekend ‘daily’ crafts for kids. Middle guy was a bit bummed that he wouldn’t be allowed to climb the trees, but when he saw how easy it was to pick the apples he quickly forgot. It also helped that the ride out to the picking areas was in an old school bus with the top taken off and seats removed for long benches along each side! We picked WAY too many apples, but shared a bunch at our friends party and have lots planned for our remaining apples… 🙂

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waiting for the bus it was windy and a bit chilly…

 

 

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Fortunately there were tons of low hanging apples for little girl to get to!

 

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Please can I eat one?

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Half of our pickings!

 

After the picking we headed to NJ

(with a short stop on the way which I’ll explain after the crawdad’s)

 

Our friends from Rochester (well, that’s where I met them anyway) were hosting a ‘Mud Bugs and Beer’ party. Traditional Louisiana style crawfish boil and a beer tasting. It was really great to see them, especially since we haven’t since their wedding and now they have a cute little 8 month old guy… 🙂

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Me and Lynn, the hostess with the most-ess!

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We also got to see other old friends and their kids as well. It was great to catch up and actually have more than a few seconds to talk. 🙂 This is Dawn and I… her little guy and our middle guy had fun playing together.

 

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Some of the ‘many’ party guests…

 

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Look Ma…

 

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Ok… now for the side trip between the apples and the crayfish… There’s only one yarn shop near our home and it’s nearly a 40 min drive. I’ve actually gone there, and it’s nice, the owner is great and was very helpful, but I’ve been really looking forward to checking out The Yarn Shop, part of Kraemer textiles… Kraemer yarns are spun in Nazareth, PA! The shop is under renovation, which just means that they have a little less product in stock, but they do still maintain the full line of Kraemer yarns!

Here’s a bit of Yarn Porn.. I was so excited because I’ve been looking for some yellow wool to make a felted bag for my Mother-in-law for Christmas, and they had 3 (yes 3) different yellows to pick from!!! The ladies there were wonderful… and even gave middle guy a free bag of yarn from their dollar bin! 🙂 He wants me to knit him something from it… 🙂

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I mostly got felting wool (Naturally Nazareth, which is aran weight 100% domestic wool, and Mauch Chunky, 60% New Zealand wool, 40% domestic wool) for some Christmas bags I need to knit up… but I also picked up some super soft green shades of crystal palace Bunny Hop to knit some baby gifts for my dear friend Elizabeth who’s expecting her first baby in March!

 

ok… the knitting is calling… today’s a stay at home and relax and knit day! 🙂 I’m nearly done with my felted bag for my swap and my tea swap will be done today too… ready to mail tomorrow which is the deadline day! 🙂

oh… and before I forget.. I’m so excited about something I’ve wanted to try for a long time now.. and finally just DID… .something for my HSKS3 pal… I need to work on my wire ends, but I really enjoyed making these… maybe there’s more in my future..

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  1. September 30, 2007 1:36 pm

    Looks like you had a great fall weekend! I grew up in the small towns of PA and now that we live in the DC area, every fall I long for those farm pickin’ days. Usually in October I drag Dave up to the old farm for pumpkins. But it’s been a while since we’ve gone apple picking. Maybe it’s something to look into doing again… so much fun and what great memories!

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