No matter how lovely the weather is this time of the year, there is always the possibility of a storm. When a bad storm is approaching, your first thought usually turns towards the safety of home. Hurricane “Irene” made us temporally close our summer cottage and head to our home in New Hampshire.
We were lucky that “Irene” was just a tropical storm by the time it reached us. We felt that our home was safe and we had the comfort of having a generator when the power went out. Now that the sun is shining and we have returned to normal, I thought I would welcome you to our New Hampshire home, Orchard Hill Farm and give you a little tour.
The house was built in 1730 and has been lovingly restored. During the restoration, we found this original color of yellow. It is cheerful color for those grey days in winter when the landscape looks like a black and white photo.
We have an orchard that has over 300 apple trees. Most of the trees are considered antique varieties. We even have a variety that Thomas Jefferson grew at Monticello. All of the trees were planted by a previous owner for making hard cider. They give cider a richer taste and more character than apples that are normally found in most orchards.
The earliest varieties of apples are just about ready to start picking. Other varieties won’t be ready for several more weeks. In the fall, we invite friends to come for a harvest weekend. We pick bushels of apples, make gallons of cider and a lot of apple pies. Needless to say, we all have a good time and our friends go home with lots of goodies. You know that we will be cooking a lot of food that will go nicely with fresh picked apples. Of course, I will be sharing the recipes with you.
We have lost a lot of apples but as you can see there are plenty more. The ones on the ground will certainly make the deer that graze in our orchard happy. They are not going to have to work so hard to steal the apples.
I have a little rock garden in the orchard that was full of lilies earlier in the season. I have placed a lovely antique angel in the center. I thought that she was the perfect choice to end my tour of the orchard.
With the threat of a bad storm approaching, we looked to the comfort and safety of home as so many people have for generations. We were blessed that we didn’t have any damage. We can all be thankful that hurricane “Irene” was not a stronger storm in our area. To all the people who were not as lucky as us and have suffered because of the storm, you are in our prayers.