This morning Mama, Claire, Kyle, Luke, and I picked apples, around 5 bushels. The couple we get them from, the Smiths, have the best set up for this sort of business, and it was a joy picking there today. We couldn’t have asked for better weather either! It was cloudy and breezy and wonderful!

We finished there pretty quickly. From there we went to the picnic area at Old Stone Fort, and had apples for lunch. 🙂 Kyle got a burger to hold him over ’til dinner too. Somehow we got to discussing our old 4-H friends and forestry, but I won’t bore y’all with that.  After we ate we went to the Old Stone Fort museum (had to make our trip count for something; we’re homeschoolers after all!). There were no key chains… On our way home we stopped at a barbecue place in Manchester (grabbed something for dinner).

When we got home and unloaded the apples it was time to start dealing with them. I got the peeler-corer-slicer set up, Kyle and Daddy got the cider press fixed, Mama and Luke did a little school, and Claire… played the piano… She came and helped me once she knew we decided to go on and do something with the apples. Claire and I worked while watching a couple of episodes of “Jeeves and Wooster” on Youtube. It is a very pleasant way to work! When it was time to fix dinner all I had to do was warm up the barbecue, put buns, sauce, and chips on the table and get drinks together. LOVE that! 😀

All in all I think we’ve had a very productive day. We’ve canned 10 pints of apple sauce, and there’s another pot waiting to be reduced/sauced tomorrow (and that was only one bag full!)! We also got a couple of jugs (about a gallon and a half) of apple cider (more of that on the way too)! I love apple season, and the Smith’s apples are the BEST!

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