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Decorating With Pumpkins at Burpee’s Fordhook Farm in Doylestown, PA Outdoor Autumn Decor pics from the Big Harvest Potluck

Over the past few months — during the worst of the summer heat, when daily highs exceeded 100 degrees, and the garden was on autopilot as long as it had water — I’ve been out of town a lot, enjoying life to the fullest, with little time to write about it.

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Traveling feeds my soul: it teaches me about my self and my place in the world, and introduces me to something new and wonderful each and every day. 2014 has been filled with vacations, business trips, blogging conferences, out of town cooking classes, writer’s retreats, and quick weekend getaways, all focused on the things I love most: family, food, friendship, photography, garden tours, writing, and seeing the world.

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Now that fall — marked by shorter days and temperatures in the low-to-mid-80s — has finally arrived in Bakersfield, I have literally hundreds of things I want to share with you.  Today marks the first official day that I am “back” on the blog, and I want to celebrate the day and the season by showing you some photos from my September trip to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where I attended the Big Harvest Potluck with nearly 100 food bloggers, chefs, and professional writers.

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This year, the main event day was held at Fordhook Farm, the home of W. Atlee Burpee’s Chairman and CEO George Ball.  George was a fascinating, brilliant, and gracious host for our group, and I will have more to say about him — and Fordhook, home to Burpee’s world famous test gardens — in a future post.

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For now, I simply want to share a few of my photos of the fabulous fall displays found throughout the property.  I know you’ll enjoy the bounty of the season as much as I did.

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