Apple Picking Day

posted by Sharon October 30, 2012 7 Comments

Ventures often don’t turn out the way we anticipated. This happened recently when we planned to visit an apple farm during apple picking season. We arrived on a pleasantly warm day and joined a happy crowd. We lined up to buy our paper bag and fill it with apples fresh-picked with our own hands off the trees.

The problem? The fruit ripened early due to weather conditions last spring. Farmers had to harvest the apples before we and our fellow pickers arrived. The only apples left were either scattered on the ground . . .

or hanging so high they remained out of reach unless you had a someone to boost you up.

Some apples were almost invisible under bits of fallen branches.

After a stab of initial disappointment, we realized the dearth of hanging apples did not really matter. All of us in the orchard still got to meander along the rows of trees. We felt the sun on our faces. We smelled the fragrant, fresh mountain air. Children ran and shouted to each other with abandon in the safe, fenced space. The orchard offered us a festive, cheery place to enjoy ourselves.

Our apple picking day yielded no actual picked apples, but we filled our bag with fruit we chose from wooden crates. Red for Curt, green for me (the more tart the better!).

Plans don’t always unfold as we imagined. If the apples you planned to pick are gone, there’s no need to despair. Enjoy the stroll through today’s orchard anyway. Savor the sweet and tart. Notice the colors around you, whether they are on prominent display or lie almost buried under broken branches.

If the day ends, as ours did, with a trip to town for a carmel apple, take joy.

How about you? Have you had a day recently when your plans didn’t work out the way you wanted? Were you able to salvage some joy anyway?

 

 

 

 

Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesdays, Communal Global and Texture Tuesdays. Photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures Little Things, Urban Sample, and Felicity.

 

 

 

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7 Comments

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Pieni lintu October 30, 2012 at 7:29 am

I love those wooden boxes. Great shots all!

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Molly October 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

That looks like fun and a beautiful harvest of autumn fruits. There is a real shortage of apples in the UK this year due to the wet summer we had.

Mollyxxx

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Desktop DreamsViv October 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I love the smell of apples and I can almost smell those in their crates gorgeous, there is nothing like a sunny Autumn day….

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Kim Reardon Cunningham October 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Away that’s too bad, but good for you making the most of it anyway.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin October 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Glad you could make the most of it anyway! The pictures are gorgeous!

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Pat October 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Great shots!

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weecottagewonders October 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I want to say something about when Life gives you apples already picked or… make cider!! but it looks to me like you did that and so much more. I love apples and just this little view of the orchard brought me great JOY!!

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