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Birthday bash

Picnic at Hanging Rock

I could write about how we baked up some of the last homegrown roots along with a leg of lamb, salad, and a lemon meringue pie for a true spring feast.  How we had a centerpiece of lilac and other spring flowers, and a roaring creek for background music.  But then you'd think Joey's birthday party was peaceful.

Throw stick to hoist rope over limb

It wasn't.  Mom and Maggie made a homemade pinata and after we'd stuffed ourselves, we got down to fun and games.  I tied a string to a stick and threw it over a branch...

Hoisting the pinata

...then hoisted the pinata aloft.

Standing on the picnic table


As the birthday boy, Joey got to go first.  I tied on his blindfold, enjoying my place of power atop the picnic table.  (Yes, I am the shortest person in my family.)

Maggie under the pinata

We each gave it a try.

Mom pointing

"No, Anna, it's over there!"

Joey whacking the pinata

Then Joey got smart and ditched the plastic bat and picked up a branch.  Whack!  Whack!  Whack!

We were laughing so hard we could hardly pick up the baggies of dried dates, cashews and other treats.

Thanks for the great party, everybody!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Yummiest lemon pie ever!
Comment by mark Mon Apr 11 08:56:12 2011

First of all. . . Happy Birthday Joey! Your family really knows how to throw one down~ Maggie & Mom did a FANTASTIC job on the pianta - and the flowers! I can't wait until we are seeing lilacs! A beautiful setting for a scrumptious meal!! Wish we were there! Jayne

Comment by Jayne Mon Apr 11 10:20:29 2011

Mark --- so glad you liked it. Part of my new trend to double the flavor (lemon, in this case) while leaving the sweetening content the same.

Jayne --- I agree -- they did a great job on the pinata and flowers! We decided this was a great place to meet --- only about 15 minutes from the farm and very pretty. Maybe the next time you all come down this way, we could have a dual-clan meetup there?

Comment by anna Mon Apr 11 11:53:27 2011

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