The turning of the seasons: - FALL
Trip Start Jan 02, 2009
55Trip End Jan 01, 2010
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We are on the edge of Autumn right now...
The red and yellow is creeping into the edges of the trees. I am surprised at how patchy it is. Everything is still mostly green with patches of colour, ranging from yellow to bright red. Adding to that is the purple wildflowers and yellow sunflower fields. Gorgeous already and I am guessing it is going to get better still.
Grandma and I just got back from Beak and Skiff Apple Farm where you can pick your own apples. We didnt because the weather was cold and windy and it was packed full. You wouldn't beleive this many people lived around these quiet villages until something good is going on. It is so busy there every weekend. We bagged our own MacIntosh and some Honey crisps. They are both sweet and good for pies. I am getting all inspired to bake again with this season being so abundant. I defs have to make an all american apple pie. (Gluten free dough). Apple sauce, Apple muffins, Apple pancakes. They even had apple wine, hard apple cider and apple vodka. We got a gallon of regular apple cider. It is very crisp and fresh tasting.
As well and good as this season may be it all has an impending doom feel about it. The weather is getting colder the leaves are getting ready to fall off... winter is coming whether I like it or not. I think I am going to get plenty of cold before I know it. What to wear!!!?! I guess I have to make a trip to marshalls.
Lafeyette apple festival - done
adirondacks church youth retreat at camp cherokee - didnt do
halloween - not gonna do
thanksgiving - gonna do in style! nyc
October 11, Saturday
Great and enjoyable sunday. I had a nice long weekend cause of columbus day. Go columbus! you discover that new land. give me a C... no not really
We finally went to the infamous and usually crowded Lafeyette apple festival. It wasnt too crowded because all the smart people knew the wind would be freezing cold. It was the first time that I realised I would need scarf, gloves and a hat. That thought cheered me when I was dreading the cold weather, at least i will be able to wear my hat collection for some months before I get back to Aus and it is too hot to add any extra bit of fabric.
i had apple popcorn, Grandma had an apple fritter and we both had hot apple cider. There was mostly craft tents, a lot of them. One lady had great painting with a ultra fine point ink pen for the outlines and water colour to create an old print effect. Another vendor made entirely hand made journals, sweing the pages together with dental floss!
and, of course, there was lots of food samplings, my favourite.
Then after getting lost plenty of times along the way, Grandma and I drove an hour or so north up to the woods of redfeild, where Uncle Ed Knuckle Head and Aunt Susie have thier cabin. We had a hearty lunch of corn beef, gold potatoes, mac and cheese and corn on the cob. Needless to say we were really full. I went outside to take photos of the yellow trees while the sun still lasted until I got too cold. We saw woodpeckers and blue jays at the bird feeds as well as a chipmunk stuffing his cheeks with food to add to his stash for the winter. He looked just like the cartoons, I didnt realise thier cheeks actually looked that stuffed full, so comical. Aunt Susie said she doesnt dare open one of her beloved 2000 peice puzzles until she gets finished all the christmas presents that she is knitting. Uncle Ed made a joke as usual, "Our refund manager is Helen Waite, If you want a refund go to Helen Waite". I listened to stories of the golden days, including some of the numerous wise sayings of Helen Rafer (my great grandmother). "If you were born to hang, you'll never drown", and my favourite, "You get used to hangin if you hang long enough".
On the drive back we actually passed two amish buggies on the road. I got so excited, they are like chracters from the amish books I read, coming alive. Crazy, I wish I could talk to one of them about thier life, but I would feel way too rude and I dont want to bother anyone who is so personal.
I was waiting for the fall leaces to peak but they are so patchy, some are still green and some are totally bare, whereas most have patches of colour, totally random. You gotta see it to really get it. .
Sunday 18th October
Cayuga Wine Trail. It was divine, special european dense fruit and nut bread from luxembourg, 1000 island river rat xxx sharp cheddar cheese matured 3 years and lots of great wines, great weather, great company and beautiful fall leaves.
Things that I still wanna do...
halloween - done
read all 14 books of the Oz collection (did you know that the author, L. Frank Baum, was born in upstate NY?) - didnt get past two, too boring
Plan christmas decorations
Saturday October 31st
I just got to experience American Halloween with the Roche family. Gareth was flame boy, with red hair gel and flame face painting. Moira was a skeleton princess with white mesh fabric and she finally got to wear red lipstick.
It was cold and windy but at least it didnt rain as was forecast.
When sorting thier loot, Gareth was very generous as he doesn't like chocolate, so I really got to delve into the tradition of eating yourself sick. This seems to be a common theme with all American holidays!
Saturday November 14
Autumn is OVER
Everything is dead, the trees are bare and its cold andnovember is grey. at least it isnt snowing yet. At least snow is pretty but I can wait, it can take its time. apparently this is a warmer november this year, it's sitting around 40F everyday and not too freezing.
One month till Jamaica!
2 weeks till Thanksgiving in New York City!
Sunday November 15
The Pride of New York Harvest Fest! So much fun. Grandma and I just got back from the harvest fest, located at the New York State Fairgrounds. Once you pay the entrance price, all the food and wine samples are free (so to speak). It also comes with a wine glass and one seminar. When grandma went back to complain that our wine glasses weren't frosted she somehow came back with tickets for another seminar, so I would say that we got our moneys worth.
The fisrt seminar was wine and chocolate. The wine was made local and was therefore good, the chocolate was made local and was therefore terrible. It didn't even have cocoa powder listed as one of the ingredients; which as I learnt on a belgiun chocolate tour, does not constitute chocolate but rather just sugar and cocoa butter. We couldn't even finish the dark chocolate it was too gross. The second was better, "Ask the winemaker", that was interesting because the guys talking to us were the owners of wineries. Imagine Moore Winery and Hunt Country Winery, both family owned businesses.
One had a 2007 Late Harvest Vignoles wine that was close to an ice wine, where they wait ill late in the season before they harvest the grapes. By then the bunches are close together and the sugars have become prominent. Grandma later bought a bottle of this, not too much damage that she only bought one wine and two bags of cheese curds, all for prices cheaper than you would find them anywhere else. One of the winemakers told how some french men came to America and found the finger lakes region very simular to the vallies in france. It is an up and coming region with a multi million dollar training facility, raising young PHD's in winemaking. They also mentioned that this last July was the coldest this state has had in 125 years, just my luck.
Pride of New York is the label they put on anything locally grown and made in New York to help the local economy and farms.
The most unique find of the entire show was wine ice cream. A perfect pairing and I was surprised to find something new that I have never seen before.
www.mercersdairy.com, www.americanfood.nl (international)
One man I tricked into thinking I was french, when I asked for a taste of the pinot nior in french he asked me 'Parlet englais?" I just answered 'oui' and kept moving.
One exhibit was selling hot mulled wine spiced that brought back memories of Luxembourg, we didnt buy it though cause we didnt need anymore wine.
The goats milk vendor made me like goats milk, I'mm gonna have to get some, it tastes like cream cheese. www.sidehillacres.bizland.com
www.spiedies.com - good gluten free sauces and rubs
www.merrittestatewinery.com - good ice wine 15%RS "Bella Ice"