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{Inspiration} Apples, Pumpkins, & Corn…

Ah, October… I adore you. I’m always hit over the head by the colors & traditions that the Fall brings. This last weekend, our valley celebrated the Festival of Family Farms. Like the last four years, kiddo & I headed out to Gordon Skagit Farms to delight in some beautiful weather, apple trees, pumpkins, and a corn maze. Chris was already at the farm making whirligigs for hutch studio.

If you have followed this blog for awhile now, you know that I have visited this farm since I was a kid. Some trivia: I found a double pumpkin in one of the patches at Gordon’s in fourth grade & ended up winning the pumpkin contest in school that year as well! I also took my students from the first watercolor class that I ever taught (at Skagit Valley College), to Gordon’s to paint. So, it just wouldn’t be October without a visit to my favorite local farm. The weather was truly stunning this weekend which made it perfect. 

What did you do this weekend? From the photos streaming through instagram… we weren’t the only ones visiting corn mazes & apple orchards! 

Gordon Skagit Farm 2011 – here
Gordon Skagit Farm 2010 – here

Winter Wonderland…

It doesn’t snow that much in the NW. But boy, in the last few day it’s been a winter wonderland around here! It’s just gorgeous white as far as the eye can see – with schools & many businesses shutting down. Unfortunately, I’ve been sick, so I haven’t been able go out & play. However, I snuck out a few days ago & took these first two photos. Chris made this train whirligig for Sayer for Christmas & he got it up in the backyard just in time for a snowy ride – just like the Polar Express, according to Sayer. 

These last photos were taken by Eddie Gordon for Gordon Skagit Farms facebook page. You can see more photos of this farm from one of our corn maze excursions here. I’ve been visiting since I was a young kid & take Sayer there for cider & pumpkins. It’s about 10 minutes away from our house, on the way to my parents house & hutch studio.  

Do you have snow where you live?