Friday, October 31, 2014

krop's crops

krop's crops: a place just a few minutes' drive away, not too crowded, with a hayride and sheltered corn bin and pretty colored pumpkins and fancy popcorn and quiet animals. perfect for me and my boy on a cool, sunny saturday autumn morning.

a desert of corn

caramel popcorn

informal "pumpkin patch"

when i inquired about the fabulous old treehouse, the owner (and tractor driver) proudly informed me that he built it a long time ago - back when the kids were little - along with the barn and every other structure on the property. all of recycled and salvaged materials. awesome. definitely coming back here for our christmas tree and, hopefully, a picture of that beautiful old red barn in the snow.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

autumnal dawn

#writealm october 28 prompt: autumnal dawn

my most recent trip down south to charlottesville yielded the views i have been longing for all season. during most of the drive i simply took it all in from the driver's seat. sometimes, though, i was compelled to pull off the road and soak it all in.

this fancy festooning makes me so very, very happy and curiously introspective. the colors, the vibrancy, the shapes, the textures, each leaf unabashedly displaying a spectacular last hurrah before taking its proud, final leap away from the branch that nurtured it from birth.

i learn a lot from a leaf.


galivanting with gammy and papou

back in august, the kids and i headed to visit with my parents. we had serious plans involving ice cream and animals.

the drive is many hours long and neither child is comfy using electronics whilst in motion. hence the rest stop for some recovery. and snack.

and a nice, cool view for me
the velvet ice cream factory and ye olde mill are not too, too long of a drive from my parents' place. what we learned about the history of this company and the making of this particular brand of ice cream was utterly fascinating to me. i love factory tours.

starting the tour off with ice cream. and a car for ander. because cars.

"silly papou!"

gazing at a historical display of flavors

the viewing window into the one-room factory held my attention, but ander was much more pleased to be by the quiet cow.

i wonder if this would have come in handy for diana's project on chocolate last year. nah, she probably could have written this herself.

i stand by my trusty scoop from the pampered chef


yes, we got more ice cream at the end, plus brought home quarts of favorite flavors.

the next day was dedicated to the animals at the columbus zoo.

from the inside of this real plane, you could get an excellent view of the huge lions


i got a little nostalgic for the monterey bay aquarium


and my personal favorite: the manatees.

i was so very happy to finalyy get to see dear friend shari's new home. it - and the property - are stunning! thanks to her mad photography skillz, we got great family photos (i'm in some, too!)