Monday, October 20, 2014

Ahoy Ye Pumpkins!

Saturday's newspaper had a notice of the 4th Annual Pumpkin Regatta that was to be held in our nearby Sugar House Park.
I imagined pumpkins would be floated in the park's duck pond, with some kind of contest related to the floating pumpkins.
I had NO idea that people were going to racing in pumpkin boats!

The Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers apparently bring some of their monster sized pumpkins to the pond each year. The pumpkins are hollowed out and folks paddle them through a race course track between buoys.
 After the race (which I missed...) folks were welcomed to take a turn at paddling around the pond inside the various pumpkins.
There were folks in waders at the ready to assist with any capsized squash.
Next year I think I will go to the event in my own waders and take my own turn at pumpkin boating.
Full sized adults were paddling around the pond with ease.
I would love to see our grands taking a turn in a year or so.

A beautiful setting...a fun annual event that was held last year in a downpour.
(The orange buoy was part of the waterway course.)

Gosh the pumpkins were beautiful and huge!

A prize was given to the largest pumpkin grown and brought to the event.
My jaws dropped when the winning grower explained that the pumpkin seed germinated and the pumpkin was harvested in a 45 day span, and it weighed 1,744 pounds.
How is that sort of growth even possible?

I would think if you stared at the pumpkin you would have been able to see it actually grow at that rate.

Fun costumes...and good (if not especially clean) fun for all.

This was just one of three events hosted by the UGPG.
Next weekend there will be a giant pumpkin drop.
Apparently the giant pumpkins are dropped cars, pianos, and other objects for March of Dimes.
If only the two grandsons were a little older...what boy (or girl, at age 60 for instance) could resist wanting to see that sort of gory and mayhem happen?
Then later in November on Thanksgiving Day any pumpkin that was grown weighing over 200 pounds can be donated to the local Hogle Zoo for the elephants to have for their Thanksgiving Day meal.
Check out a video of the Feast:
Pretty neat pumpkin fun options around here, huh?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bits of autumn life lithos past week...

While the temperatures stay mild the colors continue to ramp up.  Each morning I look out my windows and marvel that another tree has seemingly gone from green to yellow or orange or red over night.
One morning I indulged in a bit of latte art.  The cup and saucer was recently bought at a thrift shop for $1.50 just because it is a Pyrex matching pattern called Butterfly Gold. I really need to post about the great Pyrex "thrill of the chase" thing going on here in SLC as well as across America. 
You will laugh...too fun and funny!

I can not resist picking up brightly colored leaves as I walk. Finally figured out how to enjoy them at home.  I also am using mason jars to display Indian corn: I just slip the colorful ears into various sized jars and line them up on the mantel.  After decades of trying to figure out how to put Indian corn out in a manner that shows off the pretty corn patten this mason jar idea/ vase idea totally works!
Last Saturday Bernie and I *finally* did something we had talked about doing for years:  We got up, made coffee, grabbed the morning news paper and a couple of camp chairs and drove four miles over to Millcreek Canyon to read the paper next to the creek. We stopped and got amazing egg Benedict waffles and fruit and yogurt topped waffles from a food truck that makes custom waffles (check them out here:

Isn't one of the best parts of camping having coffee outdoors in the morning? 
Next time we may build a fire and stay there all day.

We were joined be a cute bird that dove into the stream for his breakfast.

The view across the stream from my camp chair! A leaf rainbow of colors!

Sunday Calvin was dedicated at church. I am posting this post from my cell phone using cell phone photos; dedication photos are still in my regular camera. 
But since I am documenting on the fly here, I thought I should mention it in context.

Monday I joined Rachel's Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group for a trip to a pumpkin patch and farm market.
A corn pit there was great fun.
Making corn angels: Autumn's answer to Winter's snow angels.

I couldn't resist climbing in to the pit myself. So fun, so comfortable! 
Wouldn't mind owning a corn pit myself!
Less messy than a sand box actually!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Dance like no one is watching...or even in your way.

Lamb's and Neff's Canyon

Rain had come and gone and now it was time to check out the local canyons for fall colors.
Rain drops still bejeweled branches...

The rain had intensified the smell of autumn leaves in the air.

I still claim it is impossible to take a bad picture of aspen.

A close up photo of a single leaf sporting all the colors of autumn, with a tip silvered with rainy  droplet remains.

Lamb's Canyon was not at its peak...another visit will be had soon.
Last year I saw a moose there.
Wonder what I might find this year?
A bob cat has been sighted and removed from a school in my neighborhood and a cougar from Jeff's neighborhood.
This is unusual for our area.
I wonder why our wild cats are prowling in civilization rather than sticking to their usual wilderness?

Two miles up the road from my house: Neff's Canyon is colored up nicely.
With the low hanging clouds I have a mind that is both here in Utah and also in the Scottish highlands.

Blame the mixed mental geography on the television series "Outlander" with its richly filmed out doors scenes and lush costuming from both  the 1940s and 1740s.

Jamie and Claire...tartans and horses.
Claire and Frank....fedoras and vintage cars.
The fall colors provided a splendid backdrop to both fictional stories.

I take picture after picture while my mind provides background music:
"Sing me a song of a lass that is gone.
Say could that lass be I...."

Years ago I had read the Outlander books along with my daughter and mother-in-law.
In 2005 we three went to Scotland and visited Culloden where the Outlander series story line eventually lead.
We picked a restaurant there by chance, and were delighted to discover we were eating in the town which clan Fraser's (the main character's name) called home.
One of those memorable moments that will always be treasured.

Funny how one's mind actually can be in two places at once; Neff's Canyon, and Scotland as I remember it.
Or three settings, if I count the book/series setting too.

Clouds veiling fall colors is such a delight.

(Can't you just picture Highlanders coming over that ridge?)

The snow dusted mountains in the distance and birds alighting on the bare trees.

Just sharing my world with you.