Saturday, October 20, 2018

Day 11.283: Pumpkin Festival

Four of us took a break from Homecoming weekend festivities to go to the Pumpkin Festival where Exile #3 and her dance company were performing their new Brazilian piece which went very well in its debut performance despite the less-than-ideal dance space.

E5N1 played as many games as he could (most of which were giving small candy prizes.


Meanwhile Exile #4 actually went to the Homecoming football game with her friends.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Day 11.282: Pep?

It's fair to say I was surprised and a little skeptical when the girls told me that they needed to be at school at 5:30 this morning for a pep rally. Seriously, who can be peppy at that time of day? But I took them nevertheless:


and we did see evidence of at least one of them being peppy on TV:


This evening when they were probably flagging, we dropped Exile #3 off at the dance studio for a company sleepover and the rest of us went back to school for the next event in this Homecoming weekend - a bonfire.

E5N1 was quite keen and Exile #4 met up with a few of  her friends, so that was a success too.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Day 11.281: Not that kind of fall

It's very autumnal at the moment - with turning and falling leaves, wild temperature fluctuations and preparations for Halloween. We've even been watching some Autumnwatch New England on PBS thanks to a tip-off from my Dad who has been watching the sister-shows on the BBC. However, it was quite cold this morning as Exile #2 and I went out for our morning walk and as we were returning, we realised what the strange stuff blowing in the wind was:


Yes, it's snow - falling from an almost entirely blue sky (we did spot the low clouds upwind eventually). Not much, but enough to make pulling out my phone, getting it ready and then catching a few flakes pretty easy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Day 11.280: Halloween is coming!

Maybe that's why a creepy ghoul was spying on me through our skylight on Sunday morning?!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Day 11.279: More honesty?

A few more pictures from Pumpkin Valley Farm on Sunday.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Day 11.278: More ducks and honesty

By my choice of video to accompany Exile #2's post yesterday, I may have given the impression that I was victorious in the duck races. In fact there were three races. Here are the other two:





The truth hurts.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Day 11.277: Exile #2's Sunday Column #244

Exile #2 writes...

We probably should have stayed home to rake, but it was such a lovely afternoon that we went to the pumpkin patch instead. We made light work of the corn maze this year, zipping from station to station, until we hit number 9, at which point we went in circles for a good 10 minutes, before finally going back to number 8 and starting over.


We eventually emerged triumphant and headed off to pick some pumpkins (not all eaten by squirrels, as we’d feared). When we were done with that, E5N1 spent some time bouncing on the inflatable pillow and wallowing around in a large pit of dried corn. We also took a look at the noisy but diminutive cows and goats, and the impressively bouffant chickens. Oh yes, and this happened: