Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

It might as well be Christmas as far as I am concerned. Today is officially the first day of Fall. I love it! Technically it's one of the two days when the Sun will spend a nearly equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on Earth and night and day will be of nearly the same length. To me it is the start of the best season of them all. I wait all year for colourful autumn leaves, warm fuzzy sweaters, hot apple cider, homemade bread and comfort casseroles, pumpkin patches, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Heaven!

We wanted to start it off right so we went apple picking this morning at a local orchard. We filled our 15lb bag with about 8 different varieties.

It was a nearly perfect morning. We could only lament the absence of friends who were to join us but had fallen ill with that dreadful cold and flu that is going around. It was our first trip to a pick-your-own orchard.

The weather was fantastic. Just cool enough for sweaters but bright and sunny. We brought our compass so I could do an impromptu lesson about the equinox with the kids. Alex has been trying to get the hang of directions (left/right, cardinal points) so I thought this would be fun. It’s only on the spring and autumnal equinox that the Sun rises due east and sets due west.

We've chopped up half of our haul and have it warming in the crockpot for applesauce. Should be yummy with the baked ham tonight. We'll peel a few more for dessert too - apple crumble with ice cream. A very satisfying end to a lovely day.

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