Pumpkins and Reruns

Pumpkin Harvest!

Pumpkin Harvest!

Most of the pumpkins we grew this year are pictured above. The big light orange ones are called Atlantic Giant. I will definitely grow those again and try to get an even bigger one. The Atlantic Giant variety holds the world-record for largest pumpkin. Check out this link to see a TWO THOUSAND pound Atlantic Giant! Challenge accepted! hahaha The deeper orange pumpkins are a French variety called Rouge Vif d’Etampes. They did really well and set a lot of pumpkins on the vine so I will also seriously consider growing those again. I’ll pass on the Jarrahdales (the little grey ones) as they didn’t do too great. I’ll try a different blue variety next year.

Blackberries mmm!

Blackberries mmm!

Perfect fall butterfly!

Perfect fall butterfly!

A huge marigold-sized bumblebee

A huge marigold-sized bumblebee

Baby, as seen in her school newsletter

Baby, as seen in her school newsletter

Baby in the school newsletter, baking bread

Baby in the school newsletter, baking bread

Excerpt from the newsletter…

Every Thursday is Bread Day…During Bread Day, the children of the Nursery Collaborative work to count their ingredients, count their scoops, fill measuring cups to the brim, and use safe food handling practices. From chocolate bread to apple cinnamon bread, they’ve made it all. Thanks for the delicious snacks!

The kids at her school name their class each year. Baby’s classroom named themselves the “Cantaloupe Camels” hahaha Squirrely Garden is the name the kids chose for the school garden. They have “Ninja Rock” on the playground and name different areas of the school and woods. I think kids make up the best names. Which is why I had my son name this site “Spy Garden”!

I love yellow marigolds. Will be sure to save lots of these seeds (the flowers themselves are big clusters of seeds)

I love yellow marigolds. Will be sure to save lots of these seeds (the flowers themselves are big clusters of seeds)

Baby watching one of the Spy's baseball games.

Baby watching one of the Spy’s baseball games. The Spy plays first base and Smoochie (next to him) is a coach.

We prefer a blanket on the grassy hill to the bleachers.

We prefer a blanket on the grassy hill to the bleachers.

I love a good rerun. I can watch Seinfeld any time. I eat a banana and a spoonful of peanut butter for breakfast pretty much every single day. I bake bread at least once a week. These things aren’t boring. Quite the opposite; they can be enjoyed over and over and over.
Our perspective is always changing (like the leaves! Sorry, terribly obvious analogy!)…I digress. But I do love fall. And fall (and other seasons) are sort of reruns in and of themselves. Our perspective is always changing, so really, we’re always looking at the same “old” things with fresh eyes. At least I try to do that. Which is why I enjoy reruns. Appreciate the same pieces of art I’ve enjoyed for years, repeat recipes, why my kids get multiple years use out of homemade Halloween costumes, etc., etc.
I’m grateful for the yearly rerun of autumn. I feel most inspired at this time of year and have been kicking around the idea of a new writing challenge. Around this time last year I wrote 100 essays in 100 days. 100 essays in 100 days seems a little extreme right now as I am gainfully employed as a nurse and value my beauty rest. So I thought I would sift through my favorites of the essays and spend a bit of time editing them. Refining them and taking out all the references to “I’m writing 100 essays in 100 days” and the fact that they were written for a blog. So that they can stand alone; as just essays. I think the best reruns do that. You don’t need to have seen the previous Seinfeld show to enjoy the one that follows. A good rerun can be enjoyed for a second, a third, a hundred times. Probably you don’t want to read my essays a hundred times. But maybe twice? Especially with my fancy new edits? If you’re new to Spy Garden, they’ll just seem like new posts so you won’t even know the difference. So I’m not going to advertise them as reruns. I’m just going to repost them. Exciting, I know. hahahhaha
So the pictures in this post are not reruns, but from the last week or so in and around Spy Garden. Because I’ve been too busy with my free time watching reruns to post anything. We’ve discovered Homeland and have already plowed through the first and most of the second season; it’s great show. It’s about spies…CIA spies. Obviously I can relate; having a secret identity and all. Hahahahahjaha
Happy Sunday friends, have a great week!

 

8 thoughts on “Pumpkins and Reruns

  1. Eliza Waters

    Great crop of pumpkins you’ve got there. I hope you’ll still find time to make a few new posts of Spy and Squirrely Gardens and the doings at school. And definitely, Halloween decorating and what the kids are going as this year. I never tire of seeing what they are up to.

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Yes, have already posted something new today ;) So this isn’t really so much as a break as a notification that I’ll ALSO be reposting some of the “oldies but goodies;) Also, Eliza, you would not believe the monarchs. Everyday their are half a dozen or so flitting around the garden; wonderful to see and I know you would fully appreciate that!! Really appreciate your kind words; I never tire of sharing either ;)!

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      1. Eliza Waters

        SO great to hear that monarchs are showing strongly in the Midwest! The Northeast is not so good, but Maine had some I’ve been told. I am crossing my fingers that the efforts of many gardeners will turn the tide. Keep up the good work!

  2. narf77

    The pumpkins are gorgeous. A pity those Jarrahdales didn’t like Spy Garden conditions. Maybe they were homesick for Aussie soil? Love babies school and how adventurous they are with integrating the children’s ideas and concepts in with the curriculum. The best way to get kids to learn is to hand over the reins when it is time to get creative. Re-runs rule but only for the first 70 times. After that it’s time to find a new re-run. Saying that…I could watch the Seinfeld Soup Nazi episode a 100 times and then more. Clever way to have a break without leaving us feeling like we are on the outside of Spy Garden looking in Ms Spy ;). Enjoy your break :)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Yes on the homesick for Aussie soil; that must be it!;) Baby’s school really is great; really all schools k-12 should be run like that (it’s just a preschool…for now) Well, it will be a little bit of a break, I’ll still keep posting new stuff too;)

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      1. narf77

        Nothing wrong with having a break. With a busy life it’s more than excellent to make room for family and friends and blogs are just social media at the end of the day (albeit addictive social media ;) ). I hope you have a really lovely break and spend some excellent time with your wonderful family :). Let me know how those Froggy pumpkins taste when you eventually cook them. They are SO beautiful! :)

      2. narf77

        I would be tempted to just “festoon” them around the house but after finding out just how awful rotten pumpkin can be recently (trust me AWFUL!) that might result in disaster. Probably best to admire that gorgeous rosy glow and then enjoy their tasty curcubitious deliciousness ;). I have been blending up buckwheat groats and cooking them into a porridge with pumpkin puree lately. I added pureed apples and the results were like eating rockmelon porridge! Unusual but delicious :)

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