Things Aren’t Always Rosy

Things Aren’t Always Rosy if you are a farmer trying to raise crops or a gardener who enjoys having a vegetable or flower garden. Even if you are neither a farmer or gardener, you have probably seen in the news that some people have had to deal with drought, fires, floods, hail and even early snow […]

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Apples, Autumn’s Antique Delights

It is officially autumn and in New England that means apple picking. While most orchards may have a dozen or so well-known varieties, antique varieties are rarely found except at specialty orchards. Our orchard is one of the exceptions as it is planted with almost a hundred different varieties of heritage apples, sometimes called antique […]

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Pick Your Own Apples

If you happen to live in an apple growing region, at this time of the year you might see signs reading “pick your own apples”. At our orchard in New Hampshire, I think the message has taken on a whole new meaning for some of the visitors that have dropped by. As a matter of […]

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Early Blossoms

The orchard has just started blooming and I thought you might like to take a walk with me to see the lovely blossoms. Our pear trees are the first to bloom, usually around the first week in May with the apples starting to bloom about a week later. I don’t keep records of the exact […]

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If You Don’t Like The Weather In New England, Wait Five Minutes

There is a saying here in New England, “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”. Sometimes Mother Nature likes to play tricks on you and today is one of those days. Apple popsicle anyone? Two seasons seem to be fighting for control now. We have lovely fall color on the trees here in […]

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I Bid A Fond Farewell To Summer As I Look Forward To Fall

I want to take the time to bid a fond farewell to summer…it was lovely.  For those of us who live in New England, fall is in the air. The days have become cool and crisp with little or no humidity to speak of. Leaves are changing.  Soon our back roads will be filled with […]

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The Safety of Home

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 […]

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