My little brother is ridiculously talented.  He’s good at so many things — and he’s got such an agreeable and pleasant presence.  I love that he can get up in front of a crowd of people and do his thing!  Check out Josh (my bro), Chris, and Simon perform at the UMBC Open Mic Night Best Cover Competition, singing the theme song from the 90’s children’s television show, Arthur the Aardvark, on PBS kids. They ended up winning the Best Cover!

pumpkin patch.

It’s the season of pumpkins, apple cider, apple fritters and such, so we thought a trip to a local pumpkin patch was necessary to complete Dhara’s first fall experience.  It just so happened to be a day when there were tons of people at the farm.  (You might not be able to tell by the photos, but there were probably over a thousand there).  We walked around the pumpkin patch looking for pumpkins for each of us — a big one, medium one, and itty bitty one.  The itty bitty ones were the hardest to find because they were harvested first and taken up to the big red barn to sell.

It really was a glorious fall day in our parts.  Warm enough to not wear a jacket, but cool and breezy enough to feel like fall.  The babers was mesmerized by the splotches of orange that colored the vast green fields.

After we each found our pumpkin, we went to the big red barn to take part in all the fall festivities going on at the farm.  Freshly made kettle corn, straw maze, hayride, and good old fashioned food.

We got a huge smoked turkey leg and two glasses of cold apple cider, found a quiet spot under a tree and had a little picnic.

mama and baby

i’m the boss around here, got that?

papa and baby

greg talking to baby about the farm chickens, goats, and cats

apple picking — next on our agenda!

enjoying a lovely picnic of smoked turkey and cold apple cider

greg taking a bite out of a huge leg of smoked turkey

white eggplant

back home — dhara ecstatic over her little family of pumpkins

it’s really the simple things, ya know?

to market, to market.

Back in the spring I won a $100 random drawing at Eastern Market.  Yes, oh joy!!! I’ve been holding onto it with the hope that Greg, myself and the baby could get out and spend a quiet Sunday afternoon somewhere special — just us time.  It’s hard to find this sorta time with the lifestyle we’re currently living.  So when it finally happens, I love “just us time”.

And, Eastern Market is one of those special places.

We chose this past Sunday to pay our visit to the Market.  Dhara loved every second of it — the plethora of people walking this way and that, tons of unique artisan stalls selling goods like antiques, great clothing, artwork, handmade jewelry and soaps.  Not to mention the food — local fruit and veggies, meats, cheeses, desserts, and fresh cut flowers.

Oh, how grand it would be to live close to this Market.  I recently read it being #7 on a list of most popular markets in the WORLD, according to the  Very cool that it’s on the same list as some legendary European and Asian markets.

After strolling the market and making my purchases, we had lunch at an authentic Salvadoran place — pupusas, plantains, rice + beans.  Yum.

a view of eastern market from our parking spot on an overcast, but pleasant day

my favorite booth at the market — red persimmon — they sell Indian wares such as quilts, thin cotton robes, peasant nightgowns, cloth market bags and kurtas

dhara admiring polish pottery

inside the newly renovated main building after a devastating fire last year

fresh local fruit

after lunch we stopped at the local coffee shop

dhara saying goodbye to eastern market

I debated using my $100 win on some turkish bath towels, but ended up using it on some much needed, charming polish pottery to add to my expanding collection

However, I wasn’t the only one who scored something neat that day.  It just so happens that Dhara received the neatest little gift from Gifty Aunty in Rochester, MN.

so beautifully wrapped

a swedish bowl + spoon set made from farmed bamboo! created for form, function + the environment and designed by Moritz

dhara was super eager to test it out. thanks gifty aunty!