Another trip to the orchard and garden updates

Our homeschool theme this week is apples, so of course another trip to the orchard was in order! This time we decided to pick our own and got mostly Cortland and Jonagold for pie and more applesauce.
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It was lovely to stop and nurse Adelaide among the apple trees.
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While Jason was carrying the baby, I decided to put the ergo to apple-carrying use.

We found our first early fall wooly worm (aka tiger moth caterpillar) at the orchard, too.
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Our garden is still producing a bit. Eleanore has been enjoying snacking on raspberries and grapes every time we step outdoors. I love that she just finds a spot and settles in for a snack.
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I just picked what will probably be the last cucumber from our dying vines, and we enjoyed a few handfuls of beans with our dinner Sunday night. We may have enough for one more meal with them. Our sunflowers are still blooming, and we have a few heads drying in the garage for the seeds.
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We still have a few peppers on the plants that I’m hoping are able to get a bit bigger, and just a few more eggplant, too.
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Vine borers got our squash and pumpkin plants, and we think it was deer that ate three four of our pumpkins. This one pumpkin survived with only a small nibble taken out of the skin, and we got a nice crop of acorn squash before the bugs killed the plants.
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We had a nice salad the other night with the last of our tomatoes.
Eleanore is starting to express an interest in learning to write her name, and did a great first job trying this week!
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She has been changing so much the past few months, and it was so evident when we started going back to library story time last week. My little girl who once wanted to hide in my lap rather than participate, is now front and center singing and doing all the finger plays.

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