Sunday, September 5, 2010


is here...
and what a wonderful month it is!
apples and pumpkins and sweaters and crisp air and pencils and birthdays ( well, mine at least;)) just does not get any better than this.

we went apple picking today, alex and i.
we never actually managed to pick any but we had a lovely time NOT picking them.
we chatted with friends, chased chickens, played in piles of gravel and ate one apple off the ground.

i kind of figured they would sell apples in the store, so i was not so heartbroken about not actually "picking" apples.

see, a childhood spent picking apples every fall from our own orchard soured me on the novelty of the "U-Pick".
no, YOU pick, i buy.
i know, terrible attitude.
but really? pick as many apples as i have in my lifetime and then get back to me.

i loved growing up with an apple orchard as my personal eden...branches to read amongst, snack within reach...
but the harvesting?
that is tough work. seriously tough work.
i remember the excitement of becoming old enough to be allowed to pick from th top of the tree, using a ladder and basket, as opposed to being relegated to the windfalls.
that was huge for me:).

still is apparently...
i am conflicted in the best way.

there is nothing as heady as the smell of freshly picked apples.
( aside from apple blossoms in the spring, of course )
and now my kitchen feels just right with a huge bowl of "paulas" and the soft scent of fall wafting about.

welcome back september, i am ready. with apple in hand.

(thanks to the kids in the capital gang for organizing today at cannamore orchard - terrific place! we will be back for pumpkins!)


m5 said...

he's my varsity champ. :)
I was a kid who went apple picking. lots of good memories, and I love when you share yours. our little angela, picking from the top of the trees. :)

Anonymous said...

Something about September and apples! :)
Love the red in these shots xx

DaniGirl said...

Awww, I didn't know you were there! I tried very hard to convince my extended family to go to Cannamore, but was overruled by my coughevilcough sister in law. Sigh. Maybe next weekend -- I love apple picking, and had never tried it until the kids were born.

the meaklims said...

Ohhhh, now that sounds like fun! I'm going to have to check this location out!

Btw, I totally agree with you about apple harvesting, not all! I actually grew up in Armagh N.Ireland. Also known as The Orchard County!