Friday, October 10, 2008

Of pumpkins

This is looking like just the sort of fall weekend that Laura would have loved to pick out her pumpkin and get busy working out the design (I usually did the cutting and scraping out.) Here in Boonton Township, you can really get into the whole autumn scene with a visit to Hamilton Farms or to the Four Corners Pumpkin Patch.  It's nice to make it a pumpkin tour of the township and visit both.  Last week I did and, first making my way to Hamilton Farms to check out all the variety of autumn offerings. (Readers will recall that last June during National Lemonade Days, Doreen and Tom Deckenbach of Hamilton Farms, with the help of the students, held an Alex's Lemonade Stand there with fresh squeezed lemonade and homemade donuts.) Then on to the Four Corners Pumpkin Patch at Brookhollow Farm where it was nice to see  Nancy Johanson, owner of Brook hollow farm and its prized alpacas.  Laura had a lovely visit there in November 2006 and got to meet and mingle up close with the alpacas. Not to forget getting to name a baby alpaca!  Last year the farm generously gave to the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (CNCF) from proceeds from their Christmas tree sale.

Photos:  Laura in October 2006;  her 2006 jack o lantern (after many nights of lighting); Hamilton Farms Alex's Lemonade Stand in memory of Laura and Tyler, June 2008 (photo by Renee Wentworth;) Hamilton Farms and pumpkins on display;  Brookhollow Farms Pumpkin Patch with alpacas grazing in the distance;  Laura visiting Brookhollow Farm, November 2006.

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For Laura's story, please click on the link on right to Laura's caringbridge site.

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