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a happy afternoon

October 3, 2009
inside the gourd arch at the freestone garden

inside the gourd arch at the freestone garden

“Free-stone! Bread!” He says as we head out to the Wild Flour Bread bakery. One of our favorite outings, we drive to Valley Ford for his nap. I park in a parking lot under a tree and read The Brothers Karamazov until he wakes up, then off to Freestone and the bakery! He walks in of his own accord and the crowd parts as he heads to the kids’ table. While he is there, I order up a pumpkin spice bread, a fougasse, and a seeded bread. I pay and grab our bag just in time to follow him out the door. He heads straight for the garden and goes through the gate. This bakery has a beautiful garden open to the public right next door, along with some farm animals and a fruit tree orchard. I have spent entire afternoons in this garden. Walking down the path and singing, Lukie looks so happy in the leaves, then, he stops short. “Noo-o!” he says and refuses to go another step. I look to see what is up ahead and it is a statue, which he is afraid of. Today he is afraid of all statues, even the one of a pig in a chef’s uniform. We attempt to side-step all of the garden statues today and succeed while we are in the berry rows. He loves this garden for all the raspberries and eats a lot of them. We eat bread in the chairs at the back of the garden (away from all statues) and watch the birds. He is amazingly contemplative for a toddler. After visiting the horse and the chickens and appreciating the espaliered apple trees, we head back home, a happy afternoon. “happy, happy” he says on the way home along with “sun in eyes!” and I suggest that he pull his hat down over his eyes, which seems to work just fine.

eating fougasse

eating fougasse

this one looks good...

this one looks good...

yes indeed, it is good

yes indeed, it is good

a statue

a statue

heading home

heading home

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