Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Pumpkin Heads

One of the little towns I travel through to get to work has a seasonal tradition.  Every year the residents and businesses decorate their yards along the main street with characters whose heads are always made from pumpkins.  It's quite charming, actually. 

I've been passing through for 4 years now, and more and more folks seem to get involved with each passing year. Some of them are awfully creative.  I enjoy it when I see a new ones pop up.

Here are this year's offerings:

He's holding a camera... and you should see the view he's looking at!

 In front of the library...

In front of the church...

In front of the store...

I'm not a proponent of the ghost-y, ghoul-y part of Halloween, but don't see the harm at this time of year of dressing up in creative costumes and gathering to celebrate the harvest season.

The fun and camaraderie these neighbors have in participating together in the Pumpkin Heads presentations makes me smile.

Maybe they gave you some ideas for decorating your yards.

Linking with the HomeAcre Hop and Clever Chicks Hop

Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Quick Trip to Philly

I traveled to Philadelphia this week for a work-related conference.  I had never been to Philly before, so I was happy for the opportunity and hoped I'd get to see a few sites, even though my free-time was going to be very limited.

Only in town for 2 days (plus the 2 days of travel), I had to really be purposeful in squeezing the sight-seeing into my free time.  Especially since most of the historical places are only open till 5:00.

Well, day 1, the workshop ended at 3:45, so I immediately high-tailed it (on foot) straight to the historic district from the conference center - about 10 blocks - and saw three hours-worth of sites in just one hour's time.

...and back to my hotel before dark (since I was walking) with an authentic Philly Cheesesteak. :-)  This is the view of colorful Philadelphia from my 20th story room looking to the left (above)...

... and looking to the right (above)... (This was the sunrise the following morning.)

It was a beautiful walk to the conference center and just before I ducked in for another long day of seminars, I took a couple of shots of downtown.  This is of city hall. (below)

By day's end, it was raining pretty hard, so I was pleased to discover that the awesome indoor farmers market, Reading Terminal Market, was just steps away from where the conference was being held.

I meandered the entire place (one city block).

Then sat down in this cozy winery and enjoy a glass of cab sav...

...while I gazed out the window at the rainy afternoon.

Then, I made my final purchases (some raw cheese, milk, cider and a salad) and trekked back to my hotel in the rain.  I got awfully wet, but didn't mind too much... just part of the adventure.

It was a quick trip, but enjoyable.