Fall is coming into some color now, and the turkeys are back. This bachelor flock of four are coming by frequently now. It is fun to see them appear, pecking around for tidbits and acorns. They are a bit shy, only one will come close enough to get a bite of whole grain bread thrown out onto the lawn.
A second flock of mixed male and females has nine turkeys in the group. They are still just a bit skittish about coming up for bits of whole grain bread, too, but a few will brave it. The rest hang back and watch.
But they are eating a lot of acorns.
We have a drive to plan for our annual Christmas party for the MINI club, and that means driving it a couple of times to get the route plan and timing down.
Some time ago before covid, someone recommended this restaurant, but I cannot remember who it was. I was thinking it was a reader, so if it was you, do take credit!! My Sweet Babboo called them, and they were willing to do reservations for the club. The restaurant is in the perfect spot to end the drive for our Christmas weekend we call the Reindeer Run. We drove the route to make sure it was good, then had dinner here to see the quality of the food and service. The Rural Seed is in Columbus, NC, a few blocks east of the freeway.
It is a rustic place, with picnic tables to sit outside on warm days, and large doors that open up to the bar area.
I was really impressed with my meal of a bone on pork chop rib served on Parmesan risotto with broccolini. Yum!! I had to take part of it home for lunch the next day as the chop was huge.
We went back a week later to do Sunday brunch, and drive the route one more time to verify timing and mileage. I got Classic Eggs Benedict with cheese grits this time. I am picky about how my eggs are cooked, and they got it exactly right. Yep, the food passes muster!
More fall color on the way home.
Back home, I got a nice gift from Sulky last week, a set of their 50 wt quilting thread. I have been sewing with this for a few days and I have to say I am impressed with the quality, every bit as good as the other brand I’ve used for years and a bit less expensive. Right now, Sulky is having a big Holiday Sale with 30% off Holiday Threads, 35% off Stabilizer Assortments, 20% off Blanks, 50% off select Books, and 20% off Holiday supplies including a Holiday Colors pack of 50wt Quilting Threads on sale for just $9.42 for six spools! Check out this sale, but hurry, it ends tomorrow. Thank you for shopping with my affiliate links when you can. This would be a wonderful gift for a sewing buddy, a stocking stuffer for yourself, or a gift exchange!!
Over the last days of October, I hid the remaining rocks that were painted in pumpkins and candy corn. I have autumn leaves on more rocks to hide now.
In the kitchen, my Thanksgiving Cactus is beginning to bloom. I know it is a Thanksgiving Cactus because of the spiky leaves and it blooms in November. Christmas Cactus plants have smooth leaves and bloom later in December. There is also an Easter Cactus that blooms in the spring. See the differences HERE if you have one of these plants, so you can tell which one you have. Many people think they have a Christmas Cactus, when in fact they have the Thanksgiving one. Mine has just one white bloom so far, but there are lots of buds.
It has a bunch of red and light apricot blooms, with more buds on those colors, too. I think I’ll have a couple of purple-pink blooms later, along with more red and orange. The plant is really loaded with buds and should bloom continuously for a couple of weeks.
The small flock of male turkeys came back again, eating more of the bounty of acorns on our property.
The fall color is coming on now, and I think we will hit our peak this week.
Do you have fall color yet in the northern hemisphere? For my southern hemisphere readers, are your flowers blooming?