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September 27, 2010

A Lovely Autumn Day, part 1

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As much as I mourn the passing of summer, my family and I enjoyed a beauty of an autumn day this past Saturday.  The temperatures felt more like summer – it was in the 80’s – but you can’t deny that New England foliage, which is, along with virtually everything else this year, ahead of schedule.  This scene was found in Whately, MA at a place called:

Whately is nearly an hour’s drive north from where I live.  I discovered this place last year when I missed out on picking my favorite type of apples, macouns, more locally.  It was Columbus Day weekend last year, and they had already gone by at the local orchard, so I researched “pick-your-own” farms further north, reasoning that they might still have them on the trees.  I was right!  We made a nice day last year of picking apples and heading down the road a short distance to the famous “scenter of the universe,” the flagship store for Yankee Candle.  We all enjoyed Quonquont Farm last year so we decided to head back.  Imagine my surprise arriving at the orchard this year, two weeks earlier than last year, to discover the macouns had  pretty much been picked.


The helpful woman working at the farm that day explained that they had a late frost in May this year which damaged a lot of the young apples on the lower parts of the trees.  The farm folks picked the macouns from the tops of the trees and placed them in the boxes from which people could choose.  Disappointed but not deterred, we filled a 1/2 bushel bag with macouns, then set out to fill another bag with a variety of other apples.

Some of the apples were up a little higher, like these:

..but that didn’t stop this family from getting the ones we wanted:


Sarah (above) goes after the apples with gusto!  Meghan (below) hauls part of our haul:

We paid the helpful woman for our apples (you can see her, back turned in the shot below) and headed back to the car.

As we did so, I heard my husband muttering under his breath and looking at the bottom of his shoe.  No, it wasn’t that!  He had stepped on a rotten apple while we were in the orchard, which would end up having a direct effect on his lovely autumn day, part 2.  Be sure to tune  in tomorrow to see what happened!  (And if you already know what happened after reading it on a certain social networking site, please don’t give it away! )


  1. Did you say Yankee Candle? I LOOOOVE that store!! (Just really bummed that they’re getting more and more expensive).
    Looks like everyone had a great time, apple picking! What are you going to do with them? Bake apple pies and overnight them to all your blogging buddies? 😉
    The fall colors are beautiful.

    Comment by thedailyclick — September 27, 2010 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

    • There is one more reason for you to make your next road trip to the northeast, Michaela! The Yankee Candle flagship store is a sight to behold!
      I do have lots of apple treats in mind for over the next few weeks! Too bad we can’t send treats through the internet!

      Comment by Karma — September 28, 2010 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

      • You know, we just might! Greg HAS been wondering when Maine lobster season is! I don’t like lobster, but if that gets him to want to vacation in the northeast, that’s good enough for me! 😉

        Comment by thedailyclick — September 29, 2010 @ 8:05 am

      • Lobster is in season in Maine in the summer. We go in August and get it for $5 a pound.

        Comment by Karma — September 29, 2010 @ 11:55 am

  2. How did you get that shot of Sarah if she was up on her dad’s shoulders? Were you up in the tree???

    Comment by Renae — September 27, 2010 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

    • Ha, ha – no! I guess I gave an impression that the shot of Sarah was while she was still up on her dad’s shoulders. She was actually on the ground for that one, and I was on the other side of the tree.

      Comment by Karma — September 28, 2010 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

  3. I love family days like that! What are you going to do with all of those apples?

    Comment by Becky Sue — September 27, 2010 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

    • We will just eat lots of the apples fresh or with caramel dip as a treat. I also have some delicious and easy recipes for applesauce, apple bread and apple betty.

      Comment by Karma — September 28, 2010 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

  4. Huh, I missed that story so I won’t be spoiling it. I will say however with all the crabapple trees in my neighborhood and the rain this morning, I think I was making cider on the ground with my footsteps along the way! Love the picture of Sarah in the tree!

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — September 27, 2010 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

    • “Cider” is probably involved in what happened later that day!

      Comment by Karma — September 28, 2010 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

  5. Lobster season is in the summer? Perfect!! I’ll let Greg know. Who knows… we might be heading your way next summer 😉

    Comment by thedailyclick — September 29, 2010 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

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