Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

I was going to skip this week’s photo challenge since I don’t have a lot of photos that feature orange, but it is Fall in New England and there’s still a few trees with spectacular foliage around. So here’s at least a couple of photos featuring orange.

Why orange ? I’m not sure I noticed until someone asked our son what his favorite color was. He said ‘Mine is red, and Dada’s is orange!’ That came as kind of a surprise, but I think he’s right. Fall is the best season here in New Hampshire, and it’s the best season to see some orange outside.

I took these two photos this past Sunday while we went apple picking at a local farm.

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On one side of the small parking lot at the far was the tree pictured above, on the other side was the farm stand and its rows of pumpkins.

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Maybe Mr. C said my favorite color is orange since I will often wear this orange T-shirt when I do home improvement projects. It must be about 15 years old now, covered with splatters of various paint colors, though it is still mostly orange. It’s on it’s last legs, but it’ll still take a few large holes in it for me to get rid of it.

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One more story about the color orange:

A few years ago, Ms. J was looking for a new bike. She spent quite a few months comparing features, reading reviews, checking web sites for design features. Finally she picked a bike she thought would be a good fit for her needs. She called a local bike store to check if they had the model she was looking for, they did. So off we went to the bike store to test it out. She tried it out on the road and it did turn out to be a great choice. We went back into the store and I happened to see an orange Bianchi bicycle. Bianchi bikes are usually a striking light green color, similar to but not quite the same as the color Tiffany uses. But this one was different, it was orange.

‘Will that be all ?” the bike sales person asked.

“I’ll try out that Bianchi over there.” I said.

After doing absolutely no research, no checking of reviews, no checking of web sites for its design features, I bought the orange Bianchi bike.

Ok, so I guess orange really is my color.

Here it is, in the garage now since the season is unfortunately over now that we’re into October.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual POV

Probably a little bit of a stretch to fit into this theme, but I took these two photos today and kind of like how they turned out.  The ‘unusual pov   being that they’re not really the photos that I had intended to take at the time.

Mr. C and I went to a nearby farm in Pepperell, Massachusetts.  He wanted to find a pond that we came across the last time we went here.  It had several large frogs that were making an unusually loud chorus of croaks.  We did find the pond, but the frogs were quiet today.  Bu that’s OK, he decided to try to catch my shadow instead.

I would normally never take a photo like this, with such prominent shadows, but I do think it’s kind of cool, as it shows some action with Mr. C trying to get his shadow to grab my shadow.

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I’ve never had much luck with photos while facing the sun, so this one is kind of a mistake,  but I do like how the sunbeam looks like you could reach out and grab it.   The funny thing is that when I took the photo with the sun at my back it did not come out very well at all.

That’s it, not such a great selection from me this week, oh well!

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Martha’s Vineyard Ag Fair

For anyone who might think that Martha’s Vineyard is strictly for the jet setting media and political celebrity set, there is the annual Agricultural Fair. One of the oldest in the country, held every year for the past 152 years. Sitting a bit closer to the Gulf Stream, the island has a somewhat nicer climate than mainland Massachusetts, so it has a long farming history, that is still going strong today. The farms on the island do take full advantage of the free spending tourists by charging a premium for their local produce, such as $8.50 a pound for locally grown tomatoes.

Here’s Mr. C near the lamb pens. Not sure if he was allowed to pet the lambs, but there wasn’t much that would stop him. And yes, that’s a plaid hat with a stripped shirt. Dad dressed him that morning.

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I remember going to fairs like this when I was a kid. Most will have a large area for judging a variety of farm animals, an area for judging baked goods, crafts, artwork and photography, and a ‘Midway’ with a few rides and games, as well as a variety of bad for you food. What’s nice about the MV fair is that a lot of the food vendors are local, not just a group of carts brought in with the rides to sell fired dough and hot dogs. The local food vendors are usually easy to spot as they have hand lettered signs, usually including info on how long they have been exhibiting at the fair. They will often give a portion of their profits to a local charity too. So you can get some yummy local food and support a good cause as well. It’s still mostly “bad for you fair food”, but at least it tastes much better than usual. And “Bad for you food” is pretty much what the fair is for anyway. When I was a kid, I was usually more interested in the animals and food than in the rides, and since Mr. C seems to be a clone of me, that’s what he seems to be interested in as well.

Here’s one of the chickens, ready for review by the panel of judges. If you ever wondered which chicken was the “Lord of the Chickens”, here she is. Her name is “Russel”.

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Last year, Mr. C loved this farm pulley demonstration area. It’s an area set up in back of a barn to show kids how various pulley systems work. I took the same exact photo last year. Maybe this will be a family tradition. We’ll have a photo of him lifting this weight every year, with a variety of somewhat embarrassing outfits in each one, until he gets to be a surly teen and refuses to do it. Of course, I can’t seem to find last year’s photo at the moment.

“Feel my muscles!!” he said.

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The tractor pull. I think this was the ‘antique tractor’ pull as each tractor seemed to be older than me. I think the winning tractor pulled a sled with 1,500 pounds in weights on it. Nice to know that the old things still can work. When we arrived home, Mr. C re-enacted the tractor pull using little tractors that he made out of Legos.

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A wood chopping competition. Mr. C re-enacted the wood chopping competition at home using sticks.

 

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A sheep shearing demonstration. Hmm… Mr. C always seems to be able to make his way to the front of any crowd.

 

 

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He did manage to get to a few rides, but mostly, he was excited to see some animals…and eat a lot of bad food.

I’m already thinking about what kind of outfit he’ll wear next year.

 

 

Gelato

Here’s what we did with some of those strawberries we picked.

I say we, but this time it was all Ms. J. She was somehow able to do this while wrangling two 4 year olds. Mr. C had a friend over this weekend for a play date. In about three hours J, in between managing two crazy excited kids she made not one, but two desserts with the strawberries, with the help of the aforementioned crazed 4 year olds.

Homemade gelato.

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And here’s a strawberry rhubarb crumble.  I wasn’t fast enough with the camera for this one, a portion had already been eaten by the time I got to it.

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I witnessed her awe inspiring ability of being able to control two kids who were trying to compete with each other in bossiness, getting them to cooperate on making two desserts, and not get either the kitchen or kids covered with strawberry juice.

If I were to try to do this I would have ended up with two kids covered in strawberry juice, the kitchen splattered in red, and a pile of inedible goo instead of gelato.