Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Grand Gathering

Our goofy kids. This is Mom's attempt at photographing older kids. They stiffened up against the wall.
They turned for a profile shot. Except Philip.

"Relax!" I said.
That was on Saturday morning. All of them except Peter went to the beach to see the lovely ocean. Peter worked on the farm instead, clearing out a huge section of our orchard.
On Friday I went to town with Anna and Kara. Do you ever see one tree in the autumn that is more stunning than the others by far? I found that tree in New Bern, in front of the old Episcopal church downtown.

The first thing we did in town was get our feet done. We were all in the mood for a pedicure, and it was fun to do it together. I knitted.

I hope (I really hope) the girls won't shoot me for posting this photo! It was outside a shoe store, and they obliged by posing ....
The orchard gate -- if you want lots of photos of the cleared orchard, they are on our farm blog. Peter worked so very hard!
 We've pulled out a small portion of grape vine from the orchard, just clearing it out of trees.
So this afternoon I made two wreaths. One is about 10" across, the other 12".
 I'll have enough grape vine to make lots and lots of wreaths - more than I could ever use. So I hope to sell them at the market.
This morning all the kiddos left -- Philip and Kara back to Chattanooga and Peter back to college in the mountains, and Anna back to work after taking off several days. So we are back to normal. It's been so VERY fun. (I can't tell you how happy it made me to have them all here!) But Beau says he is worn out -- !!


  1. So good to have all your kiddos home! I love the wreaths you made. They should sell well. There is a tree on my way to work that just explodes with color in the fall. Every year I tell myself I'm going to take a picture of it, but I never do! My boy is arriving tomorrow for a few days visit. I'm so excited! :)

  2. it's always grand to have our children all home… were blessed again.

  3. It looks and sounds like you had a great time with your kids.

    Have a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

  4. Oh how WONDERFUL! The kids are cutie pies! I'm so glad you had so much fun! You are blessed indeed. Aren't you glad you had four kids? Me, too!

  5. I'll bet those kids clown around when doing selfies!

  6. You know, I've never had a pedicure!!
    I like the grapevine wreaths.
    I should try making them - have lots of vines up at HT.

  7. Fun for all! The photos will be considered even more priceless as these older kids get even older!

  8. Looks like you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! Love the photos of the kids.
    My husband and I purchased a lot to build a home on years ago and it was loaded with grape vine. We ended up sending it off to the dump as there was so much. It's quite difficult to pull from the trees.

    It's so nice to visit with you~ Debbie

  9. Beau is worn out - ha! Is he an introverted pup? I'm thrilled for you that you had all of your kids with you.

    The garden gate is just right; I want to walk under it. And it seems you got your grapevines just in time, before they got too stiff?

    Happy Advent! O Come, O come, Emmanuel!


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