November 01, 2016

In an effort to embrace all things Autumn and to show Oslo why this season is so amazing, I thought apple picking was the perfect thing to do this Sunday. I mean nothing says Autumn more than apple picking under falling leaves in the warm golden afternoon light, right? We are having an Indian Summer right now, so even though we made it just in time before the apple season was over, we still wore tank tops for most of the day. It felt a lot more like Summer than Fall, but either way we had such a fun time. 

In Canada the apple orchards are usually on farms and are nothing more than a field of apple trees, but in France of course apple picking has to be oh so chic. This particular apple orchard that we visited was on the grounds of a castle, ooh la la! We drove an hour to get to the gorgeous renaissance style Château d'Astros, where I was happy to find out they also make wine. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to indulge ourselves, so we will definitely make more time next year. That's one of the things I love so much about France, there usually is wine served at most family activities. What more could a parent ask for?

With a one year old, especially a whiny one, you never know how much they are going to like something or not. So sometimes a long drive and a new experience can be a recipe for disaster. Lucky for us Oslo is used to being dragged around to different places on long road trips so he was a delight. I think after the 24 hours of driving to and from Normandy he is prepared for everything we throw his way. I was so happy with how much Oslo loved to watch us pick the apples. He loved to inspect them after we picked it from the tree, then ended up taking big bites out of everyone he received. After we collected a full basket's worth we put Oslo in front of it and his eyes went so wide, he couldn't believe they were all for him. Eventually we had to take the basket away because he ended up biting and spitting out every apple he could get his hands on. This mama worked hard at picking them so they were not going to be wasted!

At the end of our afternoon of picking we ended up with 9 kilos of apples! I guess I better get to work in the kitchen and make some cider, pies, and cakes. Good thing we all love to eat them so much, otherwise I wouldn't know what to do.

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  1. This looks like so much fun! You got some really great pictures!

    1. Thank you so much darling! We had such a fun day :)

  2. Awww this looks so amazing...the French really know how to do things well don't they??