It feels good to be here in this space again. My comfort space of writing and eating and sharing my creations with you. I don't know where the time has gone since my last post but I'm glad I can say I made an appearance here in the month of September. My favorite month, harvest month, blood moon eclipse month, apple foraging month, the MOFGA Common Ground Fair Month, wrap me up in a warm blanket and give me a hot beverage month. Glorious September! She came so quickly and is gone too soon.
This month has also had its burdensome moments. In late august we were told that we have to leave the house and garden we've called home for 5 years. Did I mention Nantucket is in a housing crisis? As renters I knew this time was looming in the future, I just had always envisioned us being the ones to initiate the move. This isn't a complaint, but merely the facts of what's happening in our lives. And it's a stark truth that is happening to so many folks out here.
So...apples, yeah apples and the act of picking them roadside or abandoned orchard side in Maine make me think happy positive thoughts. We were in Maine earlier in the month for my lovely sister's wedding. It was a magical affair on the Maine coast with, yup , you guessed it, apple trees aplenty on the property. We had to cut our annual fall trip to Maine short becasue of so much to do here back home while we prep for the big move (to where is still up in the air). But before we headed home, I made sure to gather up a bushel of apples to take with us.
Maine apples are varied windows into the past. Each feral tree a forgotten heirloom variety all together different from the next. As you drive up the state and look out of your windows you'll notice a tree here and then there and pretty soon you'll be seeing them all over. Be sure to bring some empty baskets and totes on your journey for frequent picking stops. The seaside trees seem to bear exceptional tasting fruits, I deem it the cause of a healthy dose of salty sea air.
Happy fall everyone. I hope you'll be seeing me here more often from now on.