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Apple Pickin 2008

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Every fall we try to go apple picking, and we include my sister's kids in the adventure.  It sort of became a tradition a while ago, and when we go I take photos of the four cousins all together.  Sometimes the photos come out well, other times not that great, but it doesn't matter really, as long as we go. 

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This year we went on a recent Sunday, which was also the day the Thomas and Friends cake was due.  It was a drizzly, cold, slightly foggy day.  But that didn't stop us from going, of course. 

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We went to a farm in Smithfield – one of dozens – that we had gone to several years ago.  Got a plastic tote bag for each kid, and the guy working there showed us a map and told us where the choice apples were right now. 

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"Follow the dirt road til you get to the power lines," we were told.  So we headed down the dirt road (once we'd located it) in search of apples.

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There's a small family burial plot in the orchard – it's designated as Historical Cemetary #49 in the state – many of the original Knight family (who still own this orchard, I believe) are buried there.

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I love these old, small, family plots.  Not sure why, exactly.  Just something about them that appeals to me.  Especially on overcast, drizzly October mornings.

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Oh – and there was (on a sort of related note but not really I guess, but oh well, here goes the segue anyway) this tree stump that was all wet and dark from the rain…and every time I saw it out of the corner of my eye, it looked like a large black dog sitting there.

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Doesn't it?  Kind of?  Well…maybe you had to be there, and in my Octobery state of mind.

Anyway, the kids and Bill picked plenty of apples and sampled a few to make sure they tasted appropriately orchard-fresh.

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Here's Calvin trying one.  Unfortunately, I think he was eating one of Julia's apples.

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As you can imagine, that didn't go over so well with Miss Julia.

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So he tried to give the apple back to her.  What was left of it.

The apples themselves weren't much to look at – a lot of discoloration on the skins and weird shapes and these tiny black dots that – according to the guy we got our bags from – were because they had sprayed some sort of organic polish on them and the rain messed it up. 

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Looks like it could use some sort of deep cleansing mask, doesn't it?

Anyway, I've run out of things to say about the apple picking.  I'll just leave you with a few more pictures from that afternoon.  And if you want to see the whole batch, you can go here  to my flickr site.

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This is Alex sampling an apple.  You'll notice he's kind of gnawing on it with one side of his mouth.  He's got a loose tooth – top left front one – and it hurts to bite on that side.

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Natalie and a teeny, tiny apple.

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Julia insisted on carrying her own bag the whole time. 

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Calvin.  He is taller than his father now.  And quite pleased about it, too.  Of course.

And one last one – all four of the cousins.

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They all keep getting taller….

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