This weekend we did our best to welcome fall by meeting with friends for apple picking and cider pressing.
The weather didn’t feel so very fall-like, with temps in the lower 90’s, but it was at least sunny and bright.
Tanya’s son Alex cracks me up!
Only the Golden Delicious were ready for picking, which was sad, but it also means we get to go back again when the Winesaps are ready (and hopefully there’s more color in the trees!).
Oona and Alston played hard all day.
Look! A rare Emily sighting! I don’t know how she can manage to be so covered up on such a hot day.
The orchard still has plenty of peaches available. That, along with the super hot weather made this seem mightily out of place:
Trina provided us with hayride tickets, and though we baked a bit, the kids had a blast.
Maddie made her feelings about the temperature plain.
After our apples were picked and paid for (along with many cider donuts, of course!), and we’d had our hayride and spent time catching up, some of us drove back to Lisa’s house to press some apples into cider.
This. Little. Cutie. I cannot resist her.
We got four of these out of roughly one bushel of “B” apples. In retrospect, it’s probably good we didn’t get a whole lot more apples to press, since the kids lost interest and were ready to climb Lisa’s trees and chase dogs and chickens. And run they did; they had a lot of fun running off all of their energy outside.
Lisa made a fabulous Texas-style chili and Tanya brought cornbread to go with. Along with the fresh cider and fabulous company and the kids wearing each other out, I didn’t think the day could get any better.
But I was wrong!
Lisa made me a pumpkin cheesecake for my birthday! And it. was. DIVINE!
When Tanya presented me a bottle of a hard-to-find wine, Lisa decided to open up a lovely Burgundy from her (rather extensive and enviable) wine cellar. It put an already magical day over the top.
September, you are off to a fantastic start!