Blog Your Blessings: Apples

The Celts called the land of eternal youth Avalon, from the Gaelic word for apple, and with good reason. There's nothing more pleasant on a crisp autumn day than the sight of a small child relishing a ripe apple in the open air of a hilltop orchard.

We've been to March Farms in Bethlehem, Connecticut, three times this autumn. Alone as a family or with different sets of beloved cousins, the trip is always marvelous because it brings out the kid in all of us.

This family-run orchard hosts a corn maze that is the exact right size for kids (of all ages) to feel like they can solve puzzles rather than be overwhelmed by them. The pumpkin patch is big and grassy and surrounded by hay bales to keep kids safe and even somewhat clean.

The hayride is a big enough loop around the hill to put "God's country" in a meaninful place in your vocabulary. The laden trees offer up fruit for every hand. Then there are the hay bales where the kids can play, the congenial goats, the shop full of cider and Indian corn and cider doughnuts....

This trip to the orchard--a watered-down modern version of the harvest--makes being outside with friends and family fun and easy. For a short ride and a few dollars, you see heaven first-hand, fill your lungs with clean air, and play outdoors. Funny, isn't it, that autumn is about dying and returning to the earth, yet all we can do is go outside and play like a bunch of kids.

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  1. A perfect blessing! I love going to orchards and the fall harvest has been humankinds blessing since we first thought up the plough! Thanks for penning this! (Makes me want to head out before it gets too cold!)

  2. Makes me want to be a child again. Too bad we don't have an rochard here, though the vast ricefield is more than enough for me to run around.

    Happy Blog your blessings sunday!

  3. And now you've got me thinking of apple pie! :)

    Happy BYB Sunday :)

  4. I always view Autumn as a time to remember the year just gone, how the trees started of in the spring, the birds and insects that depend on them, I tend to think of this as a ending and resting time.

  5. Anonymous8:06 PM

    Sounds wonderful. Cider donuts?

  6. Beautiful post! Playing like kids isn't such a bad thing. Jesus said. . . "Let the little children come to me for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." (sic-- I don't know if I said it word for word.) Great act of wisdom there, if you ask me! thanks for stopping by. I know I am so late visiting. . . had an all day function at church.

  7. Anonymous7:21 AM

    This post just sums up this time of year wonderfully - apples, pumpkins and stealing the last of the summer sun.

    Happy BYB Sunday and have a great week.

  8. Anonymous7:52 AM

    i am supposed to b here for weekend snapshot but i love yr orchard post :)

  9. I love Apples too...Its for a reason they say,"An apple a day, keeps the doctor away"

  10. apples!

    amazing topic to choose a blessing for

    personally i'm more of a sour green apple fan

    and there's apple crumble pie outside

    mmm. feeling hungry...


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