I’m trying to decide if Fall is the Cowichan Valley’s best season. Spring has its merits (especially when crocuses pop up at the end of January — gives one hope that the end of Winter is near). Summer too, thanks to many nearby swimming holes. But with Fall’s harvest, and the orange leaves littering the lanes, lit by sun streaming through the morning mist: it’s picture perfect.
Speaking of perfect pictures….
One of my favourite Fall days last year was our trip to Catherine Young’s Abbey Lane Farm Pumpkin Patch. The kids dressed in their Halloween costumes (which in itself inspired gleeful bum wiggles) and we toured the farm on a horse-drawn cart while trying to spot the pumpkin-headed scarecrows hiding out along the track. The pumpkin catapult was set up, but we didn’t get the chance to see it in action. I’ll look forward to that this year.
The kids picked their favourite pumpkin in the patch; each one weighed more than the kid who chose it. Afterwards, we were enchanted by the variety of pumpkins on offer at the farm’s pumpkin stand. Small ones, huge ones, blue ones, white ones, and (everyone’s favourite) gnarly ones. Who knew there were so many kinds of pumpkin?
We returned home with six pumpkins. On their own they made gorgeous decorations, but add a pair of eyes, a nose and a crooked mouth (along with a few spiders webs, early-morning fog and dew), and these pumpkins set the tone for a haunting month.
Did you know? Pumpkin is a fruit, not a vegetable. Do any of you smartypantses know why (without Googling it first!)?
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