Falling for Autumn

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Technically Autumn doesn’t begin until September 23rd this year, but Mother Nature follows her own calendar. Temperatures have been substantially cooler – thank goodness! Here in the Pacific NW, temperatures in the 90’s feel like over 100 degrees. Summer kind of beat us up with too many days of hot weather. It was exhausting!

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But now the things have cooled off and it’s harvest time. Our little espaliered apple tree has offered up quite the bounty this year. The tree has 3 different varieties of apples grafted onto it; Chahalis, Spartan, and Akane. All natives of Washington State. The tree was planted in the early 80’s and true to it’s espalier training, though it stands only 4 feet tall, on each side it’s branches stretch out 6 feet. Makes for pretty easy harvesting.

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Both Brian & I love apples in pies and tarts, and in savory dishes as well, and of course just eaten fresh by itself.

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This year we have enough to do a bit of canning as well so I’m making apple butter and put up a large jug of apples for pickling.

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Now I’ve never pickled apples or eaten them so I’ve no idea how they will turn out. Pickling is all about patience so these little guys will not be ready until the middle of October. I’ll report back!

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Fall is my favorite time of year. I am madly in love with Autumn; it’s jewel tone colors of crimson and gold, the cool breezes, the bountiful harvest. Grateful to Mother Nature for bringing us this season a little prematurely. Much to be thankful for.

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In your part of the world, what season are you currently in? What is your favorite season and why?

Thanks so much for stopping by. Your support and encouragement is much appreciated.

xo

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11 Responses to Falling for Autumn

  1. Karen Olson says:

    Gorgeous apple photo shoot Carol! We are just about to get cooler temps here in Maine too. My husband found a lovely wild pear tree and brought home some for me. Can’t wait to do a shoot with them. Love fall too, just as much as summer.

  2. Your apple espalier is amazing to produce all of those apples and in 3 different varieties. Your last photo with the blurred background is outstanding, you know how much I love blur. Never heard of pickled apples must say I am not sure on that one but apple tarts and pies are right up my alley.

  3. Jana Vargas says:

    My favorite season is also autumn, though now in San Diego we live in constant summer. Hard to complain with days of sun and surf, but still I miss the changes and the colors of autumn. Fortunately, I go to our NM home and autumn is the best time there, warm days, cool nights and green chile roasting everywhere – truly Heaven scent!

  4. Sherry G. says:

    I just love this post. As you know we have an espaliered apple tree too but it was hit by a late May frost so no apples this year! But I can live vicariously through you and your beauties. And I always learn something from you — pickled apples. That’s a new one! Gorgeous images of my very favourite season!

  5. seabluelee says:

    I just wrote about this on my own blog. The season is turning from summer to autumn here, too, though you wouldn’t know it by the weather. It’s been in the 90s every day this week so far! And humid, too. I’m looking forward to a bit of crispness in the air. I’ve been enjoying all your apple photos!

  6. Barb says:

    Beautiful series, Carol! That last one with you holding the apples is scrumptious!

  7. cheryl says:

    I love that last one but really they all are gorgeous…we are in the same season as you…so our apples are just starting to come…you are so energetic with your posts and your food shots are lovely…I’m holding off on apples right now so I can enjoy the last bits of summer…but i’ll be stopping by here to see what’s cooking.

  8. Sharon Furner says:

    Beautiful series of apple photos. Your tree has treated you well. I can’t imagine so many apples being ready to pick. We live way down south and it is still peach season!
    With two people you can have “your fill” of pies, tarts, sauce and just plain raw with a sprinkle of salt. Last one is my favorite. I am glad you chose to keep your blog up and Instagram. Your work and writing is superior.

  9. Kelly Kardos says:

    I’m drooling over your photos Carol. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I can’t even imagine a REAL fall…not a so. cal fall!

  10. Caz says:

    Gosh I can’t believe I haven’t been following your blog ! I love all your yummy, awesome food photos, and I’m interested to hear about your pickled apples !

  11. Tante Mali says:

    Carol, the pictures are fantastic. Doesn’t have a good apple harvest this year. But enough for making some delicious things out of them. I realy love this post – can smell the apples!!!!
    Happy gardening and harvesting and cooking
    Elisabeth

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