For the past seven summers we have hosted a cousins' visit to Farm Dover as part of "Grandma Camp," organized by their Louisville grandmother, my cousin Glenda. It all began in 2013 as an afternoon outing for the two out-of-town grandchildren, but quickly became an overnight adventure, with the addition of one, then two, of the Louisville grandchildren. (Note: we send their Grandma home for a rest!)
As in past years, during their annual visit, we baked a peach pie, harvested dinner from the garden, climbed trees, did crafts, roasted marshmallows, and went on multiple hikes down to the waterfall and the fairy hangouts. I'm always amazed at how much the cousins change from year to year, gaining confidence in breaking eggs into the mixing bowl, tasting edibles straight from the garden, climbing higher and higher in the catalpa tree, helping with the cooking and cleanup, and producing crafts that involve hot beeswax, essential oils, and pressed flowers.
The day after they left, Ed and I took off on our Canada trip, so I did not have a chance to post photos from this year's visit. I present them to you now...
Ed and I are already looking forward to the 2020 visit of Nathan, Julia, Frances and Jane. We love them dearly!