One morning last week after I dropped Ivy off at school (in character as Limo Driver James, of course), I stopped at Blossom Fruit Stand and bought a bunch of autumn goodies: amazing apples, pears and 10 pounds of local red grapes that Tannis turned into wonderful jam. The people who own the stand are super nice and said I was welcome to wander around the farm if I wanted, so I snapped a couple of photos -- pumpkin watchers and some forgotten corn.
Last week Tannis also got a great shot of Ella running full-speed down a path at the Ornamental Gardens. Although she's wearing short sleeves there on Friday, yesterday morning our warm weather finally broke and we woke up to minus five, with a high of plus five. The cooler weather has apparently kick-started my riding season again, sending me bundling up and out into the hills.
Halloween Update: I took a bunch of photos from the party and trick-or-treating later on...
- Ivy's costume and her candy haul
- All five kids laid their loot out on the floor when they got back
- The Hiebert and Hildebrand girls patiently waiting for a door to open, ready to yell their request...I think Elijah got elbowed out before he could get in position.
- We're in a nice area for trick-or-treating with little kids, because we can hit 20 or 30 townhouses in half an hour. Some people go all out with the decorations and jack-o-lanterns.
- We've got an old-folks home across the street, and they sent out flyers letting us know that they'd be accepting trick-or-treaters. It was a bit surreal -- kids had to walk the gauntlet between the band and the assembled masses of seniors, as if they were the real entertainment.
- It ended up being a wonderful night with our best Summerland friends and my folks -- a nice warm vibe, with lots of fun and celebration.