Autumnal apple inspiration

Apples belong to every season, perhaps with partial exception of spring, but I have them connected especially with autumn. Many of their varieties turn ripe at this time of year or need to be picked and stored.

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I’ve learnt quite recently that winter varieties need to be picked in autumn but can’t be eaten until some time of their storage passes, even two or three months, it surprised me. When we moved into our house in the village, there were several apple trees in the garden but all the apples could be eaten at the time of picking and I hadn’t known it could be different until we wanted to buy new apple trees and studied the available varieties.

The old apple trees in our garden were getting worse every year and we decided eventually to chop them down and plant new ones so now we have two young apple trees, one of summer variety and the other one of late autumn variety. This year just one apple turned ripe…

I like apples picked straight in the garden so I was quite excited when a colleague at work, who is a passionate gardener, offered to bring me a bag of her apples because they have too many of them this year and wouldn’t be able to consume them all. She even asked me whether I wanted to come during the coming weekend in my car and get more. It was a tempting offer and as she doesn’t live that far from us, I thought that I and my hubby could find some time and go for the apples.

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It never works this way, you know. My hubby was busy and I could choose – to go there alone or not to go there at all and it felt like an internal struggle as I was afraid of quite a few things. Getting lost along the way, not knowing what the visit would be like… Eventually my desire won to go and visit her and see her garden and family she speaks about during our lunches, it all felt very friendly and worth throwing my fears away.

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You might have guessed it, the apples you can see in my photos today are those from her garden. They are tasty and smelling good and I had to capture at least some of them. To make them last and to remind me that fears are not bad but we need to get down to their roots and find the right answer to them.

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12 Comments

    1. Nancy, thank you. These apples ripen quite quickly and can’t be stored long, we’ve consumed some of them already. We either just eat them or I bake apple strudels from them, they are very popular in my family. I should try something new though, an apple pie for example when the next ones ripen. There are so many recipes so why to stick to just one…

  1. You have created some beautiful pictures with your apples, and now you've got my mouth watering for one. I didn't know about winter apples. That was interesting to learn. Your first and third images are my favorites in this post. I love that you included the sliced apple still in the slicer.

  2. When I see how you tackle a language (English) that is not your native tongue, Petra, it's very hard for me to picture you with any fears at all! BRAVA to you for conquering some of your fears and learning from them. In the end, we all benefit from ventures out into the unknown. I wouldn't have minded going with you!!!

    1. Ginnie, thank you for your kind words. You know, some things are not what they look like and some achievements are easier than other… 😉 By the way, my Oxford Dictionary has just given me a great example sentence when I asked it about the word “conquer” to learn more about it. It says: “The only way to conquer a fear is to face it.” Would you believe how much one can learn when studying another language?? 🙂

  3. How wonderful for you to go on the visit despite your fears! I bet you will go on many more adventures. 🙂 Your apples look delicious in your beautiful image. i really like the little succulent too.

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