Etcetera #4

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Hello, dears!

My random photos and mini adventures are piling up fast, so I guess it’s time for another Etcetera post! You might want to get comfortable, because this could get reeeeally long. O.o (Update: yep, it’s really long. XD) Are you ready for this? Are you set?

Let’s go!

Book Club

Some of our friends started a book club this summer and invited us to come. It’s been really fun so far! Last meeting we discussedΒ The Hobbit.Β Most of the members also made their own costumes and brought hobbit food. πŸ˜€ I didn’t personally dress up, but I DID take pictures of everyone else’s costumes, so that counts, right? πŸ˜›

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I hope you’re taking a moment to fully appreciate these AMAZING COSTUMES. :O

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Isn’t this the cutest?

And here it is… behold, the Hobbit Feast! We had cram, honey cakes, stuff mushrooms, a strawberry tart, and lots more. YUM.

Gardening

We have a MUCH smaller garden this year than usual, but we’re still getting a few things, like… tomatoes with chrysalises on them? XD I think it might be a swallowtail or monarch chrysalis.

Okra flowers are stunning! They look like a real domesticated flower, don’t they?

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Cucumber flowers are lovely too.

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Megan also has a flower garden with zinnias. They’re such pretty, cheerful flowers!

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Stream Wading

As you might recall from our best friends photoshoot, I recently got to meet my dear blogger friend Aria for the first time, and we had SO much fun together. The Sunday before they left, all the kids went on a Mule (UTV) ride through back pastures and lots of tall grass and brambles, which was rather crazy and extremely fun, and at the end we showed Aria and her brother this lovely stream on our property. And took pictures. πŸ™‚

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The sandy banks are so soft and nice to walk on!

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Jeff and Junior were throwing rocks in the water or bombing ships or something. XD

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Before they left, we got this picture of all of us together. AHHH I LOVE IT.

I also made Aria and myself these BFF necklaces with clay and copper spray paint, since our nicknames for each other are Hippo and Giraffe. πŸ™‚ It took a while to plan out how to fit the two animals together into a heart, but it was worth it. ❀

Sadly, I’ve run out of pictures of Aria’s trip to post. 😦 If you want to see more, though, check out Aria’s post here as well as her blog!

Blueberry Picking

A while ago, our friends had extra blueberries and wondered if we wanted to help them pick in return for berries to take home. Of course we said YES. It was a lot of fun, and we got two gallon bags of blueberries to take home!

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We ate some of the ones we picked, of course, and also some tasty frozen blueberries.

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ALSO these absolutely delicious blueberry muffins!

We picked for them again while they were on vacation, and I got some neat pictures of the blueberries after the rain. πŸ™‚

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Animals

HA HA I LOVE THIS PICTURE. Carmen wanted to give Olaf a bath the day we took down the log cabin, after we found the kiddie pool.

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My little sister Carmen trimmed off a huge tuft of Willow’s fur the other day. O.o The poor rabbit must feel so much cooler now! ALSO THAT LOOKS IMMENSELY STRANGE.

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Dragonflies apparently like fallen walnut tree branches. I finally got some close-up pictures of them!

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I was so happy to get this action shot!

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A couple of days ago we went to a family reunion, which was at this sort of privately owned park back a path, behind an equipment dealer store. XD The strangest, neatest part about it is that there’s a cage back in the woods with peacocks in it!Β (Also wow, this picture looks creepy, or like a writing prompt or something. O.o Probably because of the awful lighting.)

There was just a male and female peacock inside this time. (Sometimes there are several.)Β The kids always like to see if they can get any fallen feathers from between the wires of the cage. We didn’t find any big feathers this time, but I did find two small ones!

Also, I have sad news: Snickers, our male rabbit, died the other day, we don’t know how. 😦 😦 *sniffff* He has sired several adorable litters of baby bunnies, and featured in several adorable pictures (and in this adorable bunny photoshoot). We’re planning to get another buck eventually so we can breed our does again, but we don’t know when yet…

 

Etcetera

Okay, let’s move on to something happier: like pie! I decided to try a chocolate cream pie because it looked hard, and I wanted a challenge. πŸ˜› ItΒ wasΒ a little difficult, but it turned out pretty well. Also I discovered that MERINGUE IS GREAT. It’s so weird, but so… NICE.

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My youngest brother, Jeff, loves to weld things, and he’s really good at it! He welded and spray-painted this cornstalk for Dad’s birthday. πŸ˜€ Isn’t it neat?

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I was watering plants and just thought this would make a neat picture. πŸ™‚

Ooh, I LOVE this spiderweb photo! Heh heh, because of the bokeh, of course.

And lastly, we shall end with these lovely, foggy pictures from about two months ago. I LOVE fog – it’s so mysterious and neat.

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Well this isn’t exactly foggy… but I still like it. πŸ™‚

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Ahhh, I love this one! Corn, fog, and a sunset… *happy sigh*

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WE’RE DONE. Goodness gracious, that was a long post. I would normally split it up, but I have so many post ideas and not enough time to post them that I tend to make longer ones when I do have time. πŸ˜‰

Was this post too long or do you like it this way? (I won’t be offended if you think it’s too long – I want to know!) Ever been to a book club? Ever seen a peacock that wasn’t in a zoo? And if you have any favorite or least favorite pictures, I’d love to hear what they are!

Thank you so much for reading, dears, and please have a lovely day! ❀

***Allison***

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53 thoughts on “Etcetera #4

  1. How’s could there be too many pictures??? πŸ€” No no my dear, they’re all just lovely!! I wish you we’re closer so you could do my senior pictures….

    And that pie looks amazing! I can pretty much taste it…. I love chocolate and meringue and fluffy stuffs….

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  2. AHHH I LOVE THIS POST. Like I love all your posts, ha! AHHH THE HOBBIT COSTUMES WERE SO GREAT. Ha ha, the beards. XD Ooh, the garden pictures are pretty! That’s a neat chrysalis! And I love Megan’s zinnias…I should plant some next year. AND THE PICTURES FROM THE TRIP! YAAYYY. Awww, I just love them β™₯ β™₯ Ooh, your friends net their blueberries! How many bushes do they have? It’d be nearly impossible to net ours, because we have SO MANY. HA HA OLAF. XD And ooh, those are great dragonfly pictures! (Have you ever seen a DRAGON FLY? That’s a quote.) And the PEACOCKS! That DOES look like a writing prompt picture. Ooh, and I like that watering picture…anything looks good with the 50mm lens, just about. XD And the spiderweb and the fog! AHHH I LOVE THEM ALL. I don’t know what my favorite was. HELP. Maybe the blueberries with the rain or the fog or the spiderweb…

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    1. AHHHHH THANK YOU MUCHLY. (Well I always love your comments, so.) HA HA WEREN’T THEY? XD I knooow! And thanks! Yeah, you should. Ahhhh yes, I really missed you while I was working on them. *sniff* Yep, they do! They have… maybe 10-15? Not sure. Ha ha, yeah. HA, I KNOW. Why thanks! (*blinks* I’ll take your word for it.) I know, right?! Ha ha, definitely. XD AHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH. Yeah, those are definitely some of my favorites too. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE COMMENT, DEAR. ❀

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  3. I loved seeing all the photos, and didn’t actually think it was too long, haha! I loved seeing everything and my favorite was…ooh, the necklace you made for you and Aria! So pretty! πŸ™‚ I’ve been looking for the avocado bestie necklaces, would you happen to know how to make those? j

    BUT WAIT. SNICKERS??? GONE??? *cries* First it was my favorite Clemmie, and now it’s my new favorite Snickers…he even won 3rd place in the CLM contest…*sniffs* May dear Snickers rest in peace! 😦

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    1. Oh good! I’m glad you didn’t think it was too long. πŸ™‚ Aww, thanks! I really like it too. πŸ™‚ And actually, yes! I’ve never made avocado BFF necklaces but I’ve seen them (they’re super cute), and as far as I know I could make them! πŸ˜€

      *SNIFF* I KNOOOOWWW HE WAS SO CUTE. Yes. *sigh*

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  4. Oh, Allison! NOT SNICKERS? Oh, poor little guy! I feel so sorry for him. πŸ˜₯ Oh, your farm is so beautiful! And the book club looked amazing. The little boy’s beards! XD ADORABLE!

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        1. I KNOOOOW. HE WAS ADORABLE. (Willow is offended.) I want to get another Holland Lop buck, but we’ll see. Nope, we didn’t enter a fair since we moved, and the fair here is 1) really small, 2) in May, and 3) we didn’t even go to it, so. XD I wish we could have entered stuff, though.

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  5. Ooh, I love those last few photos of the fog!! Those best friend necklaces you made are AMAZING!! You should start selling them in your art shop πŸ˜€ Poor Snickers, out of all your bunnies he was (in my opinion) the most adorable. (probably because he was a lop breed XD )
    Wonderful post!

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    1. Thank you! I do too! πŸ˜€ Aww, why thanks! Yeah, that would be neat! Except… I don’t know how many best friends have nicknames of Hippo and Giraffe. XD And *sniff* I knoooow, he was so cute. 😦 I think we’re going to get another Holland Lop, though.
      Thanks again, dear!

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  6. Great pictures! It was fun scrolling through them all, and although there are so many, it doesn’t seem too long. I think it helps that you categorize them and share little stories behind the pictures. The last picture is SO amazing and pretty! ☺
    ~Gracie

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  7. Wow!! Amazing pictures! One time we were at a zoo and they had peacocks just walking around. They were not even in a cage! XD I really enjoyed this post. πŸ™‚ I have never been to a book club it looks really fun though!

    -Laura ❀ πŸ˜‰

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  8. I love this post! Beautiful photos. The BFF necklace is so cute and creative!β™₯️β™₯️ I really like the corn/sunset/fog photo. πŸ˜›Personally, I really like your long posts.😊
    -Sara

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  9. Great post, Allison! I honestly didn’t realize it was that long as I was reading it, so I guess the length didn’t bother me. πŸ˜‰ The BFF necklaces you made are so creative! The hippo is so cute. πŸ™‚
    The huge cage with peacocks seems a little odd to me, but I actually really like the lighting of the photo of the cage. It gives the picture a bit of an eerie feel, which is fun, in a way.
    Oh, and I love the landscape pictures with the fog (at sunrise?). They’re super pretty. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Sassafras! Oh good! I was worried people would be getting tired of it, but I’m glad they didn’t seem to. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much, hee hee!
      Yeah, it IS odd. But thanks! (The lighting really was terrible, but I edited it which just made it look neat. :P) I agree, I kind of like the eerie feel.
      Also thanks! I love them too! And it was a sunset, but you had the right idea. πŸ™‚
      Thanks for the comment, dear!

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  10. This was so fun to read! Your photography is gorgeous as always! 😊 The pie looks amazing!!! I love those last pictures especially. 😊 Aw!! OH NO! 😞 Poor Snickers!! I’m so sorry! πŸ˜• I didn’t think this post was too long, it was fun to read!

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  11. I love the Hobbit! Bilbo is my favorite. Those costumes are awesome! Aw, sorry about Snickers. πŸ™ I don’t mind long posts, especially since you break up the words with pictures. 😁 I think my favorite picture it the last one, I like fog too.

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    1. Hee hee, YES! Yeah… 😦 Thank you. Oh good, I’m glad you don’t mind! I agree that adding words helps break it up. Ahhh yes, the last one is definitely one of my favorites too. Fog is great. πŸ™‚

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  12. What a fun post! Despite the length, I loved it. You have a rabbit named Olaf?! That picture of (him?) is hilarious!! All of these photos were so beautiful. I loved the foggy ones, the dragon-fly action shot, and… ALL OF THEM!! Great job!

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    1. Why thank you! Hee hee, we do. XD (And we originally thought it was a he – thus the name – but later we found out that the guy had actually sold us a female, so. XD) I know, right? πŸ˜› Aww, thanks, dear! ❀

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  13. I’m so sorry to hear about poor Snickers! πŸ˜₯
    I wouldn’t even mind if the post was longer I really enjoy your posts!
    The book club looks like an immense amount of fun!
    I love the hippo and giraffe necklaces!!!
    That chocolate cream pie looks soooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚
    Peacocks!!!!!!!!!

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  14. Ahhh, this was such a great post! πŸ˜€ I loved it, Allison!
    Oh no, poor Snickers. πŸ˜₯ I’m so sorry – he was such a cute bunny! I hope you’ll be able to get another buck sometime!
    I don’t think this post was too long at all! The length seemed perfect to me. πŸ™‚ Sadly, I have never been to a book club, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a peacock that wasn’t in a zoo. AND NOW FOR FAVORITE PHOTOS. *rubs hands together*

    That last one is SO beautiful! πŸ˜€ The photo of you guys with Aria is great, and the picture of Olaf made me laugh. πŸ˜› Also, I’m hungry for blueberries now. Thanks, Allison. -_- XD

    I can’t wait for your next photography post! πŸ˜€

    -Clara ❀

    P.S: I sent you an email!

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    1. AHHHH YAY, A COMMENT FROM CLARA! πŸ˜€ ❀ I'm so glad you liked the post, dear, and yay, I'm glad you didn't think it was too long. πŸ™‚ I knoooow… and I hope so too.
      HOORAYYYY, FAVORITE PHOTOS! What do you know – those are basically my favorites too! XD I love seeing if we liked the same ones or not. πŸ™‚ Aww, thank you! Ha ha, I'M TERRIBLY SORRY, DEAR. XD XD
      Thanks again for the comment, Clara! I loved it. ❀
      P. S. I replied! πŸ˜€

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      1. Haha, it’s so neat that we have the same favorite photos! XD You’re very welcome, I’m glad you did! πŸ™‚

        -Clara ❀
        P.S. I replied to your reply! πŸ˜‰

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  15. I love your etcetera posts, Allison!
    My favorite pictures were the rabbit with the sunglasses, (that was such a funny picture.! He looks like he is trying to be cool) the sun set pictures, and the friendship necklaces. The necklaces are so pretty and so creative!! I love how they fit together and the meaning behind them.
    And that cornstalk is amazing! Your brother should sell his welded things.

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    1. Aww, I’m so glad to hear that!
      Hee hee, I like those too! And thanks! It took some work, but like I said – it was worth it. πŸ™‚
      Hee hee, it’s pretty neat! Yeah, he’s thought about it before; maybe he will someday!

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