Faces of Fall

by Joanne on October 19, 2009

The day began with a bone chilling walk.  It was 32 degrees and we walked a slow 3.5 miles. It took us about an hour.  The tops of my hands took SO LONG to get that chill out.  We went to breakfast at Creekside Cafe in Washington Mills and I sat there hugging my coffee cup.  Brrrrrr! 

By about 11 AM, the sun was out in full force and the temperature was crisp and comfortable with a thick sweater.  Ted was re-roofing our overhang where we have the storage shed.  DSC_1688

The aroma of a skunk was haunting the air.  We know that little critter lives somewhere around that shed. Most likely under it. 



I did a lot of baking (those posts to follow), until about 2 PM when we broke for lunch and decided to go for a hay ride at North Star Orchards on Route 233 in Kirkland.  What fun! It was my first hay ride and we came home with some pumpkins, some scarecrows, and plenty of apples. 

Here is our adventure.

The Gourds.










A Cornucopia of bounty










The ApplesDSC_1691









Grapes of blue and green.










 Pies, Sweet Breads, Muffins, Doughnuts, Candy, Fudge…..OH MY!










The Faces of Fall….



































We took the hayride to the apple trees of Ida Reds and Red Delicious.  Here is a thief caught nibbling at the fruit….










We got on the ride late and didn’t get a bag for apples.  Making the best of the sunny day, I did a little “strip tease” in the orchard.  Took off off my coat, removed my sweater, put back ON my coat (ha ha! you thought I was being a little “RISKAY” didn’t you?!) and made an apple sack out of my sweater.












Look at these beautiful trees so rich with fruit!















It was time to catch a ride back home.











North Star Orchards. What a great way to spend a Fall Day in Upstate New York.  Can’t beat that!


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  • At 2009.10.19 11:44, dorothy stacy said:

    I love apples. Looks like a great place for a trip.I also enjoyed looking at your website.
    Erie Canal Gal

    • At 2009.10.19 11:52, Scatterbolt said:

      Lovely photographs! We’ve had some amazingly beautiful weather the past few days, especially in contrast to the clouds and sleet that weather.com was predicting! I got in a lovely run on the Erie Canal in East Syracuse on Friday, and another in Schuyler yesterday morning. I can bear the cold just so long as the sunshine holds up!

      • At 2009.10.19 14:06, Joanne said:

        Thanks Dorothy. Come to visit often. Your books looks so intriguing.

        Scatterbolt: Thanks for visiting. We have been lucky with the weather.

        • At 2009.10.19 15:48, Stacy said:

          I have lived in Utica 30yrs and have never been to the Orchard. I have driven my countless of times. Looks beautiful. Took my first corn maze and pumpkin picking trip this year to Critz Farm in Cazenovia. If youve never been i highly recommend it. Your pictures are beautiful too.

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