Apple Picking Day

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There are some days in the year, that I really look forward to. One of those is the day the whole family go out and pick the last of the apples from the trees. Up to that point, the windfalls are plenty enough.

apple cropping on windy day

This year’s apple picking day was no exception. It was prompted by the oncoming high winds. Either we picked that day or left it in the laps of the Gods.apple cropping

For the first hour, the sun shone. Everyone joined in filling crates with apples. The long arm cropper helped to reach the apples at the top. As crates were filled, wheel barrows were deployed. Other containers were emptied in order to carry even more apples. Then the rain started. So we carried on. It must have taken a couple more hours.

apples in barrows

Ah well. The apples are all in now. Just a question of storing them all. One way or another.

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One of my favourite problems.

Hope the children look back fondly at this family tradition in years to come!

Joining in with #CountryKids. How about you?

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28 thoughts on “Apple Picking Day

    • Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 2:22 am
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      The room smells very appley when you go into it. Just lovely!!

  • Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 1:21 am
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    Wow those are apple laden trees. Where on earth do you store so many? I have a few windfalls from our 3 year old orchard and that’s all though they made a yummy apple cake today! A lovely family tradition you have there and I dare say one the kids will remember, in fact I’d put money on you doing the same job with grandchildren in years to come! Thanks for sharing on Country Kids.

    • Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 2:25 am
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      I do hope they look back to our apple days fondly. Lovely idea that it will potentially involve another generation one day. Lots of apples for the freezer. Apple jelly too and pies and crumbles, dried apple… there is talk of an apple press to make some juice. One day! Maybe some apple cheese too this year. I do feel blessed!

  • Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 1:25 am
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    Wow, that is a lot of apples! How do you store them all? I’ve enjoyed using up our bagfuls from our apple picking – but I think I’d find that many a bit daunting 🙂 Lovely that it’s something that you all do together. #CountryKids

    • Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 2:26 am
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      There is a lot. Can’t give them away, as everyone else has a fabulous harvest this year. So lots of preparation in the next few weeks. Lots!!

  • Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 1:54 am
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    Fantastic! We used to have two apple trees in our garden when I was a child, an eating and a cooking apple tree. Harvest was always such fun, a really family affair with the boys and dad climbing up and throwing them down for us to catch in the blanket. Happy memories!

    Nipping over from Country Kids.

    • Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 2:30 am
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      What a lovely memory. Our best tree has knocked over by Great Danes when it was a few years old and never quite straightened out again. I daren’t let anyone climb it, so the long arm cropper is very useful. The angle has not stopped it producing a bumper crop almost every year. Plus, they taste fabulous!

  • Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 3:44 am
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    Wow, what a nice harvest! I think you might be making a few batches of applesauce pretty soon.

    • Sunday 10 November, 2013 at 12:51 am
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      And a lot more! It’s worth the effort. Nothing like apple crumble in the depths of winter.

  • Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 7:59 am
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    Nothing better than homemade apple goodies from one’s own trees.

    • Sunday 10 November, 2013 at 1:20 am
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      Too true. 😀

  • Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 8:33 am
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    Wow! That is a lot of apples! And I thought we had a good year 🙂 lol. Exciting to see what you make with them all x

    • Sunday 10 November, 2013 at 1:31 am
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      It is going to take me a while! Just as long as I can put enough away to last us till next apple season.

  • Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 8:53 am
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    Wow, what a great harvest, and it looks like it was fun collecting all those apples.

    • Sunday 10 November, 2013 at 1:42 am
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      It is fun collecting the apples. The children love the fact that we are eating and preparing the apples that they helped harvest.

  • Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 9:35 am
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    I hope you managed to pick lots of blackberries to go in all those crumbles and pies you’ll be making!

    • Sunday 10 November, 2013 at 1:51 am
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      Blackberries, unfortunately, have long since been eaten. I’m very fond of adding cinnamon, so I use alot at this time of year.

  • Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 9:46 am
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    That is such a great tradition, and it’s no wonder you look forward to it so much. And wow, that’s a lot of apples!

    • Sunday 10 November, 2013 at 2:00 am
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      It really is one of those days in the year that marks a change in the garden. Only had a small crateful last year, so it is lovely that this year was more noteable.

  • Saturday 9 November, 2013 at 2:02 pm
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    Wow what an amazing crop of apples! Just incredible. Great you had some help too! I hope you’ll be having some crumble soon 🙂

    • Sunday 10 November, 2013 at 2:02 am
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      Plenty of pies, crumbles, baked apples…… Good job all the family love apple. Made a batch of apple muffins today and they disappeared quickly.

  • Sunday 10 November, 2013 at 7:49 am
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    Oh wow! I’m very envious of all those apples.I love making crumbles, cakes and chutney in the Autumn with apples.Popping over from Country Kids.

    • Monday 18 November, 2013 at 1:27 pm
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      So missed the apples last year. Looking forward to more apple crumbles this winter.

  • Sunday 10 November, 2013 at 5:15 pm
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    These pictures remind me so much of autumn time with my grandparents. They had so many apple trees in their gardens and always lots of apples for apple juice. Delicious x

    • Monday 18 November, 2013 at 1:26 pm
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      An apple press is on my list.

  • Friday 15 November, 2013 at 8:54 pm
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    what a fabulous apple crop!!
    you’re making me miss the apple tree in our old yard… i will just have to live vicariously through you!

    • Monday 18 November, 2013 at 1:25 pm
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      Still ploughing my way through it.!

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