Scenes From a September Drive

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On Saturday we headed out on the season’s first country drive. We never know quite what to expect, but decided to head south this time, since we hadn’t done an aimless wander in that direction before. We were hoping to find some farm stands and do a little roadside grocery shopping, like we did last year. Alas, the weather was so lousy this year that most home gardens did miserably, and there wasn’t a surplus to share. Still, there were some other wonderful surprises along the way!

We drove until we got hungry, and then found a farm shop. We just grabbed some local cheese and cold cuts to eat outdoors, but we had a lot of fun wandering their pick-your-own fields for blackberries, raspberries and runner beans.

Well, Hello Pretty Lady!
As we were leaving the farm, we saw a flyer for a dog show in the next village! We went and checked that out, and it was a whole lot of super-cute fun. When we were there, it was only children showing dogs, which were often as big as their handlers.
I love the dynamics between each child + pet pair.

 Adorable, well-behaved doggies.

After the dog show, we thought we’d stop for a cider on our way home. We saw this hotel right next to a pond, and thought it would be a nice place to sit a while.

Little did we know that there was a huge nature preserve behind it, with some wonderful walking paths!

And the most wonderful surprise of all was that we could walk into the field where dozens of beautiful, friendly cattle were grazing!
I love seeing humans and animals out enjoying life and nature together.
We walked along a creek and enjoyed more pastoral views and autumn foliage, our hearts full of all the richness we had stumbled upon.
We headed back, drank our ciders in the golden afternoon sun, and made the short drive back home.

And then we pinched ourselves. Just to make sure it had all really happened. (And it did– I’ve got the pictures to prove it!)

Have you had any Autumn Fun yet?

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5 Responses to Scenes From a September Drive

  1. Amanda September 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    How gorgeous and fun! I love that there are all those little farms that sell their fresh goods surrounding the town you live in!

    I am planning to drive up into the Georgia mountains for some apple-picking this weekend. Everything is ready for harvest earlier this year after the hot summer we had. One apple orchard makes their own hard cider and I can’t wait to taste it and maybe pick up a few bottles to keep. 🙂

    • Amanda September 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      (Oh also those dogs are SO cute! How adorable! And I hope the berries were sweet & delicious.)

    • Ariana Mullins September 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      Apple-picking and cider-making sounds like so much fun! We are behind schedule because of the opposite sort of weather problems, but I am hoping to get in on some of that action this year, too. If you take any pictures, I’d love it if you’d post one on the blog’s facebook page!

  2. Elie September 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    Your life is so sweet!

    • Ariana Mullins September 30, 2012 at 9:33 am #

      I think so, Elie. Hopefully you can come out and share it with us again soon. 🙂

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