I have a romantic vision of apple picking. And this isn’t it!
I imagine it to be all Somerset splendour with ladders and baskets and large, juicy apples which are perfectly formed all ready to be harvested.
I imagine the sun on my back (or on the back of the straw hat I’m wearing) and lashings of cider after a day of hard graft.
This is not a true reflection of apple picking.
Or it’s not the version I experienced last weekend.
Dan and I offered to help his Scout group raise money by picking as many apples as they could for the local cider maker.
A Saturday morning helping the community and ensuring that lovely golden drink gets to our fridges.
What could be nicer?
But our Saturday morning consisted of scrumping apples off the leaf-strewn orchard floor – apples no bigger than a plum. Back. Breaking. Work.
There was a silver lining to all of this however. The light was amazing.
As we arrived at 9am, the light hung low around the gnarled branches, barely peeking through the mist which was still clinging to the outskirts of the orchard.
Everything looked otherworldly. Like a mythical creature could burst through the mist at any moment.
This time of year has much to recommend it; the colours, the chill in the air. But the light is something else.
It made this shrivelled old apple on the branch look really quite magical. Mother Nature can do that.
She didn’t product a mythical creature though. Or a glass of cider!
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