Yes - the shorter days (less daylight) means that the trees are not making the chlorophyll they need to stay green. By no means is this site the norm yet but there are many isolated spots of this color - often around water. I hope you don't get tired of me posting pics of foliage - I wait ALL year for it and it so fleeting - I want to enjoy it as much as possible! It is one of the best things about living in New England.
Another special thing about fall in NE is the fact that we live very close to Leominster, MA, home of Johnny Appleseed and orchards are plentiful around here. And what would fall be without a trip to one of the family owned orchards. Our DD Jen and I went to one of my favorites -Clearview Farm in Sterling, MA. The farm has a very interesting history and anyone who knows nursery rhymes will recognize some of the characters!
We used to take our nursery school classes here every fall to ride the wagon out to the pumpkin patch so each child could find a little pumpkin to take home and then pick apples to bring back to school to make applesauce and apple crisp. The kiddo's loved knowing that Diane was related to Mary. One of them always asked where the lamb was! Well no lambs but plenty of apples and I spied this cutey picking a bag full.
Look at how full the branches are.
After leaving the orchard, Jen asked if I would teach her how to make an apple pie. After I recovered from the shock, I said "of course". You see my Jen has never shown any interest in domestic skills. Here she was, granddaughter to my mom, the original Martha Stewart of homemakers, and daughter of mine, a domestic goddess (stop laughing!) and she couldn't boil water. Not that I didn't try when she was living at home, but she was too busy dancing or going out with her friends, or dancing, or talking on the phone, or dancing. Now that she doesn't live at home, she has learned to clean and do laundry and the basics, so apparently she did learn something through osmosis. In her defense, she does have a few recipes she is very good at but she is very lucky that her guy Justin cooks. And so you can imagine my delight when she said she wanted to learn and so home we went to make pies.
After adding my secret ingredient, we piled the crusts full....
Then we added the top crust and made it pretty yet rustic...
Around this time, my DIL called Jen and asked if she wanted to head to the mall with her. Jen looked at me in her sweet way and said "mummy bummy (you can tell already she is buttering me up!), Angela wants me to go to the mall with her when she returns something. Do you mind if I leave now?" And I looked around my kitchen at the huge mess and said the only thing I could say "Sure Jen, go ahead!!" LOL Hey she learned how to make a pie - that was enough for me!!
Here is my pie all done. Isn't it pretty?? You should have seen the look on my hubby's face when he came home and spotted that on the counter last night. I had dinner cooking in my Slow cooker and this on the counter. ~ Yes! Fall has truly arrived Behind My Red Door~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
So now BOTH of my adult kiddos know how to make my apple pie. You see long ago Jason asked how to make one and since owning his own home 4 years ago, he has made several each fall. He is a great cook and a newly wed, so his bride Angela was treated to this the other night. See her initial in the middle? All together now awwwwwwwwwwww!!
And just because I can, I am sharing these pics of more foliage. This is what I see outside my bathroom and kitchen windows these days. Again, just an isolated spot, but it's mine!