Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Harvest time

Jack O' Lantern
We found Jack O' Lantern's in France! On moving here, I had been told that the kind of pumpkins you see stacked high outside every supermarket in the U.S. at this time of year would be almost impossible to find and outrageously expensive, but then I found out about Les Fermes de Gally, a pick your own farm just a ten minute drive into the countryside from where we live. This weekend the sun was shining and the skies were blue so we abandoned unpacking plans once again and headed to the farm.

Pumpkin 2
The pumpkins sat on bleachers, basking in the sun. Not quite the pumpkin patch experience that has become a family tradition since India was a baby, but Florence was mesmerized by the choice all the same and after some intense debate amongst the older girls this year's perfect pumpkin was chosen.

Pumpkin 1
Pumpkin 3

Pick Your Own
Even better than picking a pumpkin off the bleachers was the opportunity for all of us to walk around the farm and harvest the ingredients for that night's dinner.

Carrot 4
The thrill of pulling carrots out of the ground was quite something...

Carrot 1 Carrot 2 Carrot 3
...and harder to do than you'd think!

Apple 6
The best part was the apples.

Apple 2 Apple 1 Apple 3 Apple 5
A few were eaten along the way, but we stocked up for several weeks worth of lunch boxes.

Apple 4 Barrow

1, 2, 3, Whee!
A fun day out for all the family!

Dandelion Walking


  1. Your girls are beautiful! I'm so glad you found a place to get pumpkins! Keeping some "American" traditions the girls are familiar with probably helps to make the transition easier. Plus, pumpkins are fun!

  2. Thank you! Halloween is our favourite adopted American tradition. I didn't trick or treat growing up in the UK but now my kids look forward to dressing up for it all year!

  3. Halloween will not be the same without the Berries in America. Glad to see you are still celebrating. Looking forward to pictures of Halloween and your costumes!!
    Nicky, thanks for taking us to the farm. It was like being there with you!


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