There are three highlight of fall around here (besides just stupid summer being over ;-). The first is the Kentucky Wool Festival the first full weekend of October. The second is the neighborhood Pumpkin Party that falls on the Saturday about a week before Halloween. This year was the 10th year!
I wish everyone lived in a neighborhood like ours. I can't help but think that the world would be a kinder place. I realize part of this is due to living in a farming community, but I do know farmers in other places that might know who's driving that truck, but not how old their kids are or that their mother has been sick or that the chili supper starts at 6:00 so the pumpkin carving will be in full swing by 7:00 :-).
I took my camera so that I could take pictures of the over 100 people that gathered to say grace, eat awesome chili (and everything that goes with it) and carve pumpkins. My design (that I'd worked on in my head, but not on paper...again) ended up taking so long that by the time I finished, pretty much everyone else was finished, too. I think Auntie Reg got some pictures though.
I once again carved a design on the outside without cutting any holes and scraped the inside as much as I could so the light would shine through. I'd planned on carving Bullwinkle, but it turned out looking more like Liddy. That's okay. She'll always be my special girl...and she's sort of shaped like a pumpkin anyway ;-).
A play on Charlotte's Web...in case you didn't get it ;-).
The third highlight of fall is the Punkin (without the extra P) Party to celebrate National Hug a Sheep Day. This will be our 7th annual farm party! I don't really remember now how Hug a Sheep Day got started, but the first year was fun so we've kept it going and it's been fun watching everyone join in, not just here, but around the world :-). International Hug a Sheep Day!
The farm party here is this Saturday, the 29th, from 1:00 to 4:00. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the farm, the hopefully beautiful fall weather, the sheep (and cats and dogs and horses and chickens), and the great company. We will also have some leftover pumpkins (with a P) if you'd like to carve a sheep pumpkin for yourself!
You may bring treats (vanilla wafers, saltines, corn chips, Cheerios) for the sheep if you'd like, but once again we will all need to do our very best to monitor how many treats everyone (especially the C.O.R.G.I.) is getting so no one ends up with a tummy ache or in a sugar coma.
We will have some of the most huggable sheep set up in front of the barn and you can meet and greet with most of your favorite sheep. Most meaning Not Maisie. Oh, I might be set her up somewhere in a Hannibal Lecter cage, but as always when visiting the farm, stay away from the sheep with the tail haha. She hates cookies anyway ;-).
Bullwinkle and Levi have been practicing for Trick or Treat, but on an interesting note, Bullwinkle may not be in the hugging pen this year. We'll have to see how he does. We've had several groups of visitors lately and he is, I guess, shy.
He won't eat treats (that he dearly loves) from anyone but me and would rather go hide around the corner. Levi, on the other hand, who I was sure was never going to tame down enough to approach strangers, has zero problem yelling "Tricks or Treats" and will be happy to mug you for cookies :-).
I'm hoping to actually join the group of spinners this year, so bring your wheel/spindle/current projects/show and tell... Want to learn to spin or knit? This is the perfect place to get started! Have questions about keeping sheep? Bring 'em! Have questions about Livestock Guardian Dogs? Bring 'em. Border collies? Bring 'em. Corgis? The answer is always food. Remember - Don't Feed The Corgi ;-).
If you have any questions or need directions, shoot me an email. If you have the address and your GPS wants to send you off the interstate via US 32, don't fall for it! I'm serious.
We hope to see you Saturday!
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P.S. This has turned into an epistle, so I'm going to post the next winner (and answer the question) of the calendar giveaway in the post I'm planning for tomorrow. This give everyone an extra day to enter both drawings! Today is Integration Day for the two boys and the weather is gorgeous, so surely there will be some good pictures!