Apple picking day

On a lovely warm day back in October, the girls and I took a field trip to a farm about an hour’s drive from where we live to go apple and pumpkin picking. The weather was fantastic — it was nice and sunny and not too hot or cold, a real Goldilocks kind of day. We took the drive out, and when we got there figured out which of the many activities on offer we wanted to do. We checked out the farm animals first and fed the donkey and goats a bag of carrots which I thought would last a long time and actually only took about a minute for them to munch!

After a little morning snack we went and did the corn maze. The kids were so excited, and it was good for their map-reading skills too. The older two would probably have been able to do the adult corn maze without too much trouble, but Laurelin needed carrying even through the kiddy one, and I didn’t really want to be carrying her for an hour while getting claustrophobic in a big corn maze!

After the corn maze, we went on a hayride to the orchards to go pick apples.

We got two whole boxes full of apples, and I was glad when someone offered us their little wagon. Then we could load some kids and apples on there and get around a little easier! Marica was pretty keen to pull them and she did a good job… until it got a little hard. :-)

Then it was on to the pumpkin patch where they make it very easy for you to pick your pumpkins — no prickly vines! They’re all just lying there, easy to choose which ones to take home. We got a whole bunch of them with the intention to carve them… right now they’re still sitting in our dining room, slowly going rotten. Oops.

It was a pretty tiring walk back to the main area, but we did eventually make it and had lunch before heading home again. What fun!

And then at home, these beauties

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turned into this kind of beauty.

Now that’s what I call the fruit of one’s labors!

6 thoughts on “Apple picking day

    • Thanks, Mrs Brauning. Just remember I don’t post about those delightful moments when I snap at my kids and get angry and am a total spoil-sport mom. Maybe I should do more of that for some perspective… :-)

  1. Oh, your blogs are delightful, Franci… the girls are beautiful as always. I want to live at your house for a month! Love, Renie

  2. Mmm, yum. And beautiful photos of all types. Those ‘smiling’ animals are such good shots.
    It will be wonderful to see those children’s faces in person!
    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who is inclined to claustrophobia in three-dimensional mazes. One of my repeat dreams is not being able to get out of a building with endless corridors and turns.

  3. That pie is about to make my mouth water.

    Great photos of the children and the whole farm setting. (The pig on the first picture must be having a happy dream of a mud bath or something — quite the smile.)

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