Fact: Spur-of-the-moment plans are the best.
As we tucked the kids into bed last night, they asked, “What are we doing tomorrow?”
“Er… what do you want to do?” I countered.
It’s a long weekend here in Sydney and we hadn’t made any plans. Actually, I had no plans involving the kids…
“Let’s do something fun!” said C1 and C2 in unison.
So that’s exactly what we did.
My tips for apple-picking:
* Make sure the fruit orchards are, in fact, open. Call ahead or check their website.
* Find out how you will be charged: by weight or by number of fruit picked?
* Carry water, eats and barf bags(!) for the journey.
* Wear hats, sunscreen and closed shoes.
* Follow the farm guide’s rules on how to pick fruit. For example, for apples, you need to hold the branch with one hand. Then, with your dominant hand, hold the apple at the base and twist upwards.
* Have plans for your produce. Share them with family and friends. Have heaps of recipe ideas in mind (jams and jellies, cakes and bakes).
* Once you have brought your fruit home, do not wash them. Keep them in a cool, dry place, checking and eating the ripest ones first.
Of course, a glut of apples always brings to mind this poem:
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
So tell me, have you ever been fruit-picking? Which variety of apples is your favourite? What do you make when you have a glut of apples?