Walktober 2019

We ought to take outdoor walks, to refresh and raise our spirits by deep breathing in the open air. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman

As the days get shorter and the humidity finally breaks, it comes time for the annual Walktober, a virtual group walk organized by Robin of Breezes at Dawn.

The dates for this year’s walk are Oct. 6-19, and the “rules” are simple: take a walk, post about what you see, include some pretty pictures, and link to Robin, who will round up the links so we can all visit each other’s blogs and enjoy walking together.

Let’s go!

This year (because the trees aren’t cooperating with Fall color), I’m taking you to Arthur, Illinois (the Heart of Amish Country), to visit The Great Pumpkin Patch, a working farm owned by the McDonald family who immigrated from Scotland in the mid-1800s. Six generations later (150 years!), it’s evolved into a business of commercial pumpkin production and the preservation of rare gourd seeds.

If you love pumpkins as much as I do, prepare to be amazed!

Pumpkins … rows and rows of pumpkins

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Photos…Before Fall Fades Away

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. ~Jim Bishop

Is anybody tired of seeing Fall photos? I hope not, for this is my favorite time of year, and I can’t resist adding a few more to the collections already on the Internet.

We’ve been especially fortunate here in Central Illinois at having a spectacular showing of color put on by Mother Nature. The reds, yellows, oranges, and golds really stand out when the grass is so green. And it’s green thanks to all the rain we had during the Spring and Summer months.

So let’s not wait another minute — come with me on a jaunt around the area and please enjoy the scenery!

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Who’s Ready to Dig in the Dirt?

Spring seems to be taking its sweet time about arriving in Central Illinois, but that hasn’t stopped die-hard gardeners from dreaming.

Do-it-yourself stores like Home Depot, big box stores like Walmart, and even some grocery stores are doing their best to capitalize on that fact.

Witness some of these beauties I saw this morning while browsing at Wally World:

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