Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Visit to the Apple Orchard








The slow shift into our fall rhythm has happened, it was seamless and for the most part enjoyable. After struggling with the end of summer, we have now fully embraced fall. This beautiful season has so much goodness to offer we have jumped in with both feet to immerse ourselves in it.

Last month, as summer was coming to a close, I spent some time doing a little planning for our days at home this fall. Things to keep us busy, having fun, learning and growing together. We began this week with a little focus on fall and harvest time, with apples being a main focus. I worked on creating a little story to share with Reece about a happy, kind gnome and the adventures he has. Of course this week this little gnome is having some fun adventures in an apple orchard, and making lots of wonderful things with the apples he picks. And so with the story weaved, we too headed to the apple orchard to enjoy the same adventures as the little gnome.

We had a great time at the orchard, and some friends joined us, making it extra special. We did a little picking, enjoyed a picnic and played a little before heading back home with 40lbs of apples. In the story the little gnome arrives home and jumps right into making his all time favourite apple dish...apple crisp. And so did we! And yes, it is delicious.

In the days to come, just like the little gnome, we will bake an apple cake, make some applesauce, and whip up some apple strawberry fruit leathers. I will share the story of how the apple got its star and then we will cut one open to take a peek and make some apple prints. And I can pretty much guarantee we will be reading and rereading Christopher's Harvest Time, a current favourite in our home right now.

It has been great settling back into our rhythm and the storytelling, something I am focusing on to improve in myself, is going to be a really fun, new addition to our days.

Joining Country Kids over at Coombe Mill

28 comments:

  1. My husband used to story tell to the kids at night and they loved it. The would be giggling and wiggling instead of getting sleepy for bedtime!

    I believe you just photoed the FRESHEST apples I've ever seen. I bet your bowl of apples smells heavenly :)

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    1. I love listening when Justin tells a story, and watching Reece while it is being told is awesome.

      They smell amazing!!!!!

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  2. The apple orchard is one of our favorites!! And apple crisp....heavenly. So glad you are settling into a beautiful fall!

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  3. Mmm, I love apple crisp. I've been making apple sauce too and am going to try my hand at an apple pie this week. I love apple season! Thanks for sharing!

    -Karen

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    1. It sure is a great season. Wish I could share the apple crisp :)

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  4. yum! I need to plan a visit to the orchard soon-- you have inspired me!

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    1. Yes you do, and take those kiddos with you, they make picking so much fun :)

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  5. look at all of that crrrrrunchy goodness!

    can't wait until the apples on our little tree are ready for picking...soon! :)

    xo

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    1. They are so good Renee. I didn't know you had an apple tree in your yard...lovely!

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  6. How fun! My apple tree didn't produce very well this year, but I am hoping to travel a little north to pick a few apples too. There really is nothing like a fresh picked apple!

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    1. They really are the best! Enjoy your picking adventure.

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  7. How fun to base it all around a story. All this talk of apples has me searching for a more desirable orchard for us to visit this year. I want to make all of those goodies too. :)

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    1. All part of the Waldorf journey here in our home :)

      Wish we could go picking together...maybe one day.

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  8. Picking apples just feels so right doesn't it? It's as if it's a necessary part of life like stretching in the morning when you wake up to get your muscles moving.

    Thanks for the link up my friend!

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    1. Yes!

      My pleasure. We made your apple cake today, so good.

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  9. now that apple cake sounds amazing!! x

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  10. We have been reading that book too! Great pictures.

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    1. How are you my friend? Hope things are well. Such a great book :)

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  11. What a great idea - the story is providing lots of fun and activities for all the family! You have some lovely photos of your trip to the orchard, thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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  12. Fun little gnome story! I do love this time of year. We went to the orchard as well, but only for a few pounds for munching on. Looking forward to saucing soon!

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    1. Awe, thanks. Reece loved it. This time of year is just wonderful, we are soaking it all in.

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  13. I really need to find an apple orchard near me as it's literally both me and the little man's favourite fruit and it looks like you all had so much fun. Lovely photos and beautiful post :)
    Just popping over from country kids
    Laura x
    www.sidestreetstyle.com

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    1. You do, so much fun! Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. i've been meaning to do this. love apple picking and eating.

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