Here we go! Today is Friday 13th … And another Friday has arrived to show off some of my Jack-o-Lanterns from the year 2013. Some I’ve carved for our local “Family Fright Night Campout”. And a couple of pumpkins, I’ve carved for Halloween night.
Kevin, the girls and I drove to the Wild Berry Farm in Sadler, this afternoon. When we arrived, we paid our entry fee and entered the farm. Katelynn and Sara went down the slide, before we went on the hayride. Kevin grabbed some fish food, and on the ride we went down to the pond. At the pond, we stopped for feeding the catfish. These were some big fish. But they also get fed very well by farm visitors throughout the day. The farmer said: “By the end of the day, the catfish might have a belly ache! ;)” We all hopped back on the wagon and rode back to the farm house.
After the hayride, we walked through the wild berry fields to get to the Pumpkin Patch and the Sunflower Maze. There were some beautiful pumpkins sitting in the field. In the Sunflower Maze, the Monarchs, Gulf Fritillaries, Admirals, all sorts of bees and bugs fluttered and flew from one sunflower to the other. It was fun to watch them. Katelynn and Sara were fascinated by the different kind and sizes of bees.
Walking back through the berry fields, Katelynn was leading us through the Corn Maze. A cool fact about the Corn Maze on the Wild Berry Farm: When you put a drone up in the air, you can see that the maze is grown in the shape of the Texas Lone Star Flag. Katelynn did very good walking us through the maze. And it was fun!
Katelynn and Sara enjoyed looking at the farm animals. There were some chicken, goats and sheep on the farm. Some chicken were scratching a hole in the ground. I guess, they tried to find some bugs or tried to get to cooler soil on this warm day. The other chicken were happily clucking and walking around. The goats nibbled some grass, and the sheep were busy eating in their barn.
Seeing the whole farm, the girls wanted to play in the “Rat Rollers”, then went down the slide several more times, and played some “Football”. Before we left the farm, I picked up a jar of Pumpkin Butter. I’ve never had any. But I want to try it. It was a beautiful, sunny day. And we enjoyed our visit at the Wild Berry Farm. My goal is to drive up there and pick some fresh berries next Spring, early Summer.
Sara and I went to the Calloway’s Harvest Festival this year, again. She had a lot of fun decorating a pumpkin, before we did some shopping for catnip and Halloween garden decor. The Calloway’s Nursery has always a beautiful display of pumpkins at this time of the year. Sara and I looked at all kinds of pumpkins. She liked the wart pumpkins. “Some of them look squished”, she said and pointed at the “Cinderella” variety. I also showed her the “French Cheese”: “Look, these are the pumpkins, I grow in my Community Garden bed!” Sara really liked them. “They look pretty; like wood”, she replied.
And it is already Friday, again! This week, Kevin and I were really busy: We sat up the outdoor Halloween decoration; I painted the living room walls; and on Wednesday, Kevin and I went to the Bret Michaels concert. The week went by in a blink of an eye.
Here is Part III of the pumpkins I’ve carved throughout the years (2011 – 2012). And I’ve just noticed, we are halfway through the “Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin” series.
Last year, we visited the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm/Preston Trail Farms in Gunter, Texas.
October 2, 2016
Kevin, Katelynn, Sara, and I visited the Big Orange Pumpkin Farm at the Preston Trail Farms in Gunter, Texas; for the first time at this morning. After we paid admission, we got each a cup of fodder for the livestock and tickets for hotdogs. The girls wanted to go straight to the animals. Katelynn enjoyed feeding the goats, sheep, cows, and longhorns. On the other hand, Sara wasn’t so sure about that. She was a little bit shy, and didn’t want to get her hands bitten. But after Katelynn was showing her, how to hold the fodder in her hands, she fed the smaller goats and the lambs.
We also enjoyed the hayride. A tractor pulls five wagons around a trail with a hay field in the middle. While riding along, we read signs about a ‘missing farmer’. The story is a little bit spooky at first. But at the end we all were laughing. The pond had several ducks and ‘Texas-size’ bullfrogs sitting at the edge of the water.
While Kevin and Katelynn walked through the hay maze, Sara wanted to finish feeding the animals. This time she was more courageous and fed the bigger goats, too.
After the walk-through, we enjoyed our hotdogs, which were yummy. We went through the store to look at some hardware items. And the girls had their eyes on some farm toys, before we left the farm.
Overall, we had a wonderful Sunday morning on the Preston Trail Farms. Since we went there early, we avoided the crowd and the heat. The girls loved to spent time with the farm animals.
The farm will have ‘The Big Orange Farm’ event until November 23, 2016 (the weekend before Thanksgiving). They are open from Sunday through Saturday, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. And the admission is $8 per person. The fodder, maze, hayride, and hotdog were included. We also purchased chips and soda for $1.50 extra per person. During the week the farm offers pumpkin pie, instead.
For more information visit: http://www.prestontrailfarms.com/dallas-pumpkin-farm/
The Fall Festival of our local nursery will be this Saturday. Last year it was on Saturday, October 1. Here is the blog I wrote from our last visit at the Calloway’s Nursery Fall Festival 2016:
October 1, 2016
Today, Sara and I went to our local nursery to celebrate Autumn and the first day of October. The nursery had some games, pumpkin decorating, free popcorn and areas for pumpkin photos set up. Sara had a lot of fun decorating her pumpkin with stickers, seeds, pipe cleaners, paper, more stickers …, playing ‘Candy Corn Bowling’ and ‘Witch Hat Ring Toss’, eating popcorn, and walking around in her Disney’s Anna costume. While Sara was busy decorating her pumpkin, I walked around with a friend from the Community Garden to look at some cool pumpkins. Some were perfect, some were crooked, some had warts. She picked a couple. I really liked the gourd, which can be decorated as a duck, goose or swan. The chrysanthemum looked gorgeous in the nursery. Oh, how much I love Autumn! 🍁🍂🎃
Hurray! October has arrived. It is my favorite and busiest month of the year. Both my girls are born in October; the State Fair of Texas began a couple of days ago; Halloween is only 30 days away; some of these weekends will be spend in a pumpkin patch; and the weather is being a little bit cooler. I love October! And I will blog about our fun adventures throughout the month.