Each season has its highlights, and one of the highlights of the Autumn is the Apple Day that is held in our Community Orchard. Most of the apples have been picked and juiced, and it is a time to look back over the season, celebrate the harvest and raise money to pay for any tools that are needed in the following year.
In the community orchard we have over 60 fruit trees. These include apples, pears, plums and we grow over 30 varieties of heritage apples. Visitors and volunteers always enjoy tasting the different varieties and choosing their favourite. It is amazing how different the apples can be in taste, colour and size.
The apples have some great names too, a local song has now been written so we can remember some of the names! Slap-ma-girdle, Golden Ball, Hoary Morning and a Buttery D'Ore. You can see by this clip that the chorus is quite catching!.
|The view of the orchard before the event started.|
|Pressing the apples|
It has been a strange type of week weather-wise, the first thing to appear was these strange dangerous Portuguese Men Of War appearing on the beach......
Hurricane Ophelia passed through - initially everything was very still and then mid morning the sky turned red and orange- (we later learnt this was due to air and dust from Africa), then the wind got up creating huge waves but with high temperatures and no rain.
This weekend Storm Brian arrived which bought more high winds and heavy rain. Luckily it didn't cause too much damage here but sadly it did affect a huge event we had in the Bay this weekend.
We had the ' Onion Johnnies ' visiting from France and they have spent months planning it and had spent all week setting up marquees, only to have take them down because of the wind. It was even to dangerous to leave their boats in the harbour and had to move them boats further down the coast to Dartmouth. All their arrangements had to be changed but they still managed to smile and give everyone a good time. With all of the issues with Brexit, it seems even more important to join together to celebrate old traditions and make new friends.
The Onion Johnnies were a familiar sight in England prior to the 1970's, see my previous post here. We are now all stocked up with onions and garlic and the taste of them is so much better than from the supermarkets!