Putto in Fall

The explosion of fall color was fashionably late in my corner of the world. Unfortunately the season peaked in late October – after the annual Parke County Covered Bridge Festival (more posts on fall and festival later).

Fall Putto

This Putto is the same garden statue featured in my Putto in Spring post and my (winter) Under His Wing photo.

Here is the Summer Putto to complete my four seasons collection.

Summer Putto

May the angels watch over you and keep you warm as the summer sun.

“May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.

May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.”

Many more blessings in the coming year!


Reindeer kisses

Pucker up!

Took another Turner Coach day trip in October to Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul, Ill.

This Flying Reindeer Ranch owned by Julie and Mark Hardy is open for tours Sept. through Dec. and I highly recommend it for kids from 1 to 92!

Their chuckwagon meals are top notch; the reindeer are gentle as kittens.

Watching a pumpkin shoot about a half mile from a cannon was a blast, or should I say splat!

Other attractions include a huge corn maze, paint ball games, wagon rides, Christmas trees, barn gift shop, Branson-style dinner show and more!

A few things we learned about their reindeer.

They did fly at one time … on an airplane from Alaska to Illinois.

Their hooves click, click, click when they walk … thus the reference in the Christmas song.

Honest to God, Julie says, they really do a reindeer dance when Illinois gets its first snow of the year.

They don’t jump fences as the deer around here would.

These reindeer LOVE graham crackers. Once when they CLIMBED a snow drift (their hooves are like snow shoes) over the fence they followed a graham cracker trail back home.

They give out kisses if you pucker up with a graham cracker.