Saturday, November 22, 2014

Windfall Apples and Apple Press Part 2

              Before we took our vacation in October in Vermont,
    we wanted to make use of the many windfall apples
                        left behind in the huge orchard behind our home                   

We were so excited to try our
 antique apple/grape press,
and Mommy who is 91 was 
so happy to join us!     

It was great fun!!

"Lottie!! Leave our apples alone"!!

(Grandma always on the "spoil")!

We had to chop the apples 
because the grinder was
 actually meant for grapes!!

But this hundred year old
piece of equipment still worked as new!!

And the fruit of our labor was
and delectable!!


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that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
                                     3 John 1:2
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There were plenty more apples to enjoy
so delicious deserts and cannings were made!



The Mousiekins inspect their 
bounty in the Butt'ry

Drying is easy and useful

After Apple Picking
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.
And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, let down, and not let fall.
For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it’s like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.    Robert Frost

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The 800 acres of orchard behind and 
surrounding our house is so beautiful
 and we are ever so thankful that we are allowed to gather 
and glean!

                                                                          Oh give thanks to the 
                                                                       Lord for His Love
                                                                     endures forever
                                                                                                     Psalm 107:1

                                                                                (All photos by and property of Linnie Nolan)

The Mousiekin Family prepare their 
Apples for the winter root celler.

The Press rests so lovely in the Kitchen
till next year......

...but"please Ashley no more chewing
 on the antique press leg"!!!

"Life is SWEET so enjoy a TREAT"!!

Hope you enjoyed!
Many Blessings 
Love Linnie


  1. Oh such a lovely post! I love the way you live, and your beautiful home....Your Mommy is lovely and does not look 91 at all! I could almost taste the apple goodies you made, the pictures were so perfect!
    Love you oodles!

  2. teehee....this is FUN! LINNIE, I wish I could visit your farm! I would pet and play with all your animals...that Lottie looks like a handleful of fun and the pups and that PARROT! Who is that, pray tell? And of course the Mousekins' own sweet blend of cider...Tea Rat asks, "Is it hard cider?" teeehehehee

    What a joy to visit your place and see this antique beauty go to work. It must be delicious. Much love to you on this fine November day! Anita

  3. How I enjoyed this much to see and smell, or so it almost seems!

  4. Dear Linnie,
    Will you just look at all the delicious dishes and drinks from your apples... This is truly the fruits of your labor. I see the mousiekins helped too!
    Your mom looks wonderful... How grand that she is working right along side you.
    Love all your animals.
    bless you Linnie.

  5. LINNIE! OK, now Tea Rat says he will jump in his horse drawn carriage and properly transport himself and Rattus to your farm, for a swig of the GOOD STUFF: hard cider. You know he has his Th.D in teaology, and did a few minors in barista theory and hard ciders. I suspects your batch will be of superior quality, so off he goes through snow drift and dale, to be with his friends, THE MOUSEKINS! teeeheee.....have you been to Nowhere? Tea Rat has started his Christmas decorations while the rest of the gang would rather sit in the Wit's End library and read themselves to sleep.

    BE WELL and oh, stay safe in all that snow! XOXOXOX

  6. Linnie,
    That is my idea of a perfect day! I loved all the photos of your old fashioned apple cider press. How fun to have the goats eagerly awaiting some treats too...LOL! I bet the folks you gift a jar of that loveliness to will be quite appreciate. What is the apple receipt name for the one you added cranberries to? Tasha would have loved to spend the day at your place helping out:-)
    Take Peace,

  7. Love this post!
    Our reenacting unit bought a cider press this year and we had a harvest celebration in October.
    What fun it was, and the visitors loved it.
    I did write a posting about it around a month ago - not sure if you saw it or not.
    Anyhow, thanks so much for this post.

  8. Such a wonderful post. Thank you so much for sharing I love all the pictures. Your dogs look so cute !!
    Have a wonderful day.

  9. Apples are one of those things that there is no waste {I like that} and I do love your antique presses. Don't you find that the simpler something is the less complicated it is so the less likelihood of things going wrong? Technology is wonderful, but the old ways are often the best.
    I think your Mom is wonderful! Lovely to see her joining in, and helping you enjoy the fruits of your labour!

  10. Thank you Linnie for such a beautiful post, I was so happy to see an update from you on my side bar.
    You are so blessed with all those beautiful apple trees. I love your way of life, thank you for sharing it with us.
    How special for you to have your Mother sharing the day with you.
    Enjoy all your apple goodies.
    Fondly Michelle

  11. Beautiful post Linnie. What a blessing to see your 91 yr old mother helping. The cider looks yummy, and the jars you put away are just lovely on the shelf. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day my friend.....blessings

  12. Linnie, I love RED, so this post was lovely! Your garland of that how you dry them for eating? Or is it just for looks? So many delicious things you made with those apples, and those jars!

  13. hi,
    what a wonderful the apple-garland,it looks wonderful. you have made many lovely things with your apples.your mother are so beautiful.
    have a nice day,

  14. teeehee....those Mousiekin folk are pumping out the good stuff at the speed of lightning! teeeeeee

    Oh Linnie, GOD BLESS YOU NOW and forever my friend! I am so thankful that you have returned to blogging and that we have reconnected. Your spirit of play and country living is what I LOVE. May you and your loved ones enjoy a perfect celebration. I am off to the market to get our little turkey and to start preparing it tomorrow!


  15. Dear Linnie,
    Thank you so much for coming over to say hi to Oliver and then returning to leave such a sweet comment for my angle relief.

    Cosmo lost his crown??? Oh NO!
    We cannot have that... I don't have another silver one, but I do have a bronze one.. I will gift it to you next time I am at the post..

  16. Dearest Linnie, I happened upon your comment that you left on my older post, and I am so grateful for such a connection to you! I wish you as well, a happy and lush Thanksgiving celebration!!!! I suspect given you are a few hours ahead of me here that you either have had your meal or about to; we eat late here (about 6:00 our time) and it has been such a fun and creative day.

    God bless you dear friend - much love from this wild and crazy place we call home (Tea Rat sends his love to the mousekins!)

  17. You have been quite busy :) I don't like cider, but everything else, is just delicious.

  18. Happy Thanksgiving dear Linnie!
    Love and blessings,

  19. Maybe because I'm a city girl,that looks so yummy but way beyond My abilities and strength.You are blessed with good country delights. A wonderful Autumn post.Thank You for dropping by to visit Me and Your comment-Now, let the Season of Joy and Comfort begin. hugs Denise

  20. The apples, and the juice and dishes, look delicious!!!