Aunt Donna invited us over to pick up firewood and to pick apples. She could have invited a hundred people over for apples. Her tree was so heavy laden with gloriously delicious apples that I rather fear a good many up high will go to waste. After biting into the scrumptious orb I realized that the wonderful three boxes gifted to us from friends almost two months ago were not ripe. I spent hours and hours in the kitchen prepping and canning and making apple sauce all to realize that they came out rather sour. Healthy and still good, but I should have been patient. Apples are to be picked in the latter part of September and into October.
You have been to Aunt Donna’s with me before. We went last year to join in the harvest of her bountiful grapes which we made jugs of delicious juice from. This year the vines hold little and the little apple tree that was average last year has outdone itself with bounty. Next year we shouldn’t expect apples. There is an ebb and flow to everything, I realize. Droughts, rains, snows….heat, cool….last year the tomatoes were plentiful, this year the cold crops did exceptionally well. It is a good representation of life. Our lives are a constant ebb and flow of births, deaths, good times, sad times, memories, and moments. Each day precious. And what a glorious day to be at my beautiful aunt’s house, the one who helped inspire my farming and has answered questions over the years.
Maryjane is an excellent harvester. She at times surprises me with how intelligent she is. She is so tiny but if you give her instructions she will follow them. She is also the cutest forager I have ever seen! Her mother is pretty cute too.
Emily and I split a box of apples. She was turning hers into caramel apples. I may try to store mine. We feel blessed to have access to fresh, nutritious food that didn’t cost us anything and for generations of fabulous men and women to teach and love us. Such a sweet life.