Picking Apples

September 19, 2009

David needed a ladder to pick the apples on the tree he has identified as
The apples are green, with a pink blush.
They make excellent applesauce.
Picking Frankie Doodle apples.

This is what we picked today.
David had picked twice that much earlier in the week.
Frankie Doodle Apples

He is sharpening the grinder.
It was made by Henry & Allen, Auburn, NY.

Tomorrow we make cider!
Sharpening apple grinder

On Sunday, we're all set.
The blue bucket contains water with bleach to wash the apples, which have arrived on the cart, pulled by the tractor.
Washed apples are in the pink crate, ready to be put, one or two at a time into the hopper.
The slat bucket is lined with a piece of sheer-curtain fabric.  
In this picture, we have already ground the first load, and the bucket was moved from the back to the front to be under the press.
The five-gallon bucket has curtain fabric stretched over the top to strain the juice.
The slat-bucket, lined with fabric is filled with ground apples.
It is moved to the front, under the press.
A board sits on top of the pomace.  (That's what you call the ground up apples.)
and it's ready to have the screw turned.

D is putting a broomstick between two of the lugs on the screw to get better leverage to increase the pressure.

We pressed about three and one-half gallons of cider today.
It took three hours, from beginning set-up to finished clean-up.
The cider is now in the basement, beginning its transformation to hard-cider..
The gardens are winding down.
Behind the sunflowers is a small stand of  broom corn .
In the left foreground are brussels sprouts.
The right foreground is chard.

This is the second year for the grape vines.
The pink one, Vanessa, is really good.
There are only enough to taste this year.
We have high hopes for next year.

This has been a spring and summer of getting around. 2005

You can see those pictures:
We're off to Maine for a week of pictures and lobster!  Day 5
The New York State Fair - lots of chickens and other animals.
A search for Rexford Falls and finding the Sherburne Historic District.
Antique Firetrucks in Liverpool.
Balloons at the Spiedie Fest.
A trip to Utica to see Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum and Fountain Elms
We rented a canoe at Nathaniel Cole Park.

A visit to Hanford Mills and the Lumberjack Show
Hancock Shaker Village.
A trip to Pixley Falls and Delta Lake.
We watched them set up the Big Top at the Circus
We went to the Utica Zoo
Then we went to the Syracuse Zoo
Wickwire House in Cortland
A trip to babysit the grandkids
A visit to Boston to see a Red Sox Game
Drive through Edmeston area to see the animals
Ithaca Herbert F. Johnson museum trip
And there are lots of pictures of our trip out west.

 travel to
Texas Day 1 San Antonio to Pearsall
Texas Day 2 Pearsall to Laredo
Texas Day 3 Laredo to Brownsville
Texas Day 4 South Padre Island

Texas Signs amused us
More signs.

Art Museum at Vassar

Mid Atlantic:  
Longwood Gardens
Longwood Fountains
Longwood Flowers
Winterthur Silver
Winterthur Children's Park

Old Stone Fort, Schoharie, NY
Cherry Valley, New York
CMOG  Corning Museum of Glass -

Hot adventures
from other summers:

Chittenango Falls
Fort Stanwix

Then Peri came for a visit.
Frankie came to visit.
Hubbardsville Mall is a destination.
Frankie and Grandpa enjoy a water fight.
New Years Day sundog.
A Balloon Chase is always fun.

Frankie plays LaCrosse.  And we see the second game.
The ballet recital features Peri!
Candy graduates with a BS/RN.

Then there was a new
moth.   (Eight spotted forester)
A hailstorm surprised us in June.
The daffodils are in bloom in April.
In May, it's tulips and bleeding heart. And pinks and purples.
And weeds!!

Tomatoes are ready to start.
And there are beans.
So are onions.

Spring finds us in Maryland and Delaware.
New Castle, Delaware, is a quaint river town.  
may not be published yet.
The flowers were lovely.  

And so were the birds and other animals.
Longwood Gardens has opened it's Children's Indoor Garden with wonderful whimsical fountains.
Oh, my, there are orchids!

Fall trip to Vermont and New Hampshire.

Our trip to Baltimore and Washington.
Baltimore people watching
Baltimore Architecture
Baltimore Orioles game
we're off to Washington, DC
Washington flowers are here
American Indian museum
Fireworks on the Fourth of July

Garden - heirloom tomatoes
     Garden in June
We made Dill Pickles
And we picked blueberries and made blueberry buckle and cobbler.

We love the minimalist (NY Times) no-knead bread.

In July the daylilies are blooming

B-Mets game
A strange vine appeared
    It's carrion flower - or Jacob's ladder.
We went to Meredith Dairy Days
Downy Woodpecker feeds its baby.



Other interests: 

House and Garden


No Knead Bread

daffodil 3

Animals hummingbirds  2
robin baby

Gray Fox

Insects  - moth pictures - polyphemus

Hummingbird Moth  1  2

October Snow
Oxford House
Tree Disaster
In Autumn    Before/After Exterior

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park  2

kids on the swing

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Published 8/16/09  
Photos by Leslie or David