Sunday, October 10, 2010

An Autumn Afternoon

When the skies are blue, the clouds are few and the air is fresh and cool, autumn has truly arrived.  This is the perfect time of year to be outside enjoying the beauty of the season.

After reading an ad in the paper one morning, my husband and I decided to take a little drive to the apple orchard we saw advertised.  It was a bit of a drive, but not too far.  After completing a few household jobs we headed for the hills.  Quite literally, as this orchard was located in the mountains.

  After sampling an apple cider slushee and a slice of homemade apple cake, it was decided that we would pick our own apples rather than buy those that were already picked. 

We figured a bit of walking atop that mountain might help burn a few apple cake calories.  Reaching up to pluck an apple from the tree, I couldn't help but pause and absorb the beauty of the clear, blue sky.  Around here it's referred to as Carolina blue.
After picking our apples and purchasing 2 gallons of cider, we hit the country back roads for a leisurely afternoon drive back home. 

Now and then we'd stop for a photo-op.

Nothing fancy

Just ordinary things ...

you might expect to see ...

driving along a country road ...

on an autumn afternoon.

Thank you for your kind comments during my blogging break.  My heart is singing with happiness to be back in the place I have come to love.  My wish is that you are all able to enjoy the beauty of an autumn afternoon.  If not an afternoon, then at least a moment or two. 


  1. Wonderful pictures. My son took a fried trip to an apple orcard once and I drove the bus . It was great. The owner gave us a great tour and lots of info. And samples too.

  2. Looks like a wonderful day of enjoying the outdoors. My daughter is going apple picking tomorrow.
    Your pictures remind me of the simple enjoyments in life.
    Happy Fall!

  3. Oh, Kim, that last photo is perfection! Looks like just the sort of day that I could enjoy. Hope that it involved a kiss in the orchard, too. ;>

  4. Simple photos can be works of art! I love simple things.
    I love a nice crisp apple! My favorites are granny smiths.

  5. All so lovely and welcoming for fall Kim. Thank you for sharing the gorgeous photos.

    Happy Fall! ~Melissa :)

  6. Kim, what a lovely day you had! Those apples look so good!

  7. Oh Kim...missed happy that you are back! I enjoyed your fall outing so much! I loved all of the pictures that you shared! We are enjoying the fall season so much and hope that it stays around for along time! Sweet and simple blessings for your week!
    Hugs ♥ Teri

  8. So happy your computer problems are solved, Kim. Your trip to the apple orchard looks wonderful and such beautiful photos! I've been noticing the Carolina blue sky lately too.


  9. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.


  10. The weather has been fabulous this week and we've enjoyed a lot of time outdoors! I love every photo you've shown...a perfect Autumn review! Enjoy your week! ♥

  11. I'm trying so hard to imagine having real apple trees with apples hanging on them....or.... on the ground.... not here. The pictures are wonderful..... makes me so hungry for apple pie....

  12. Kim,what a wonderful and beautiful day you both had, I adore all of your photos, makes me want to go to the mountains even more. N.C. has the most beautiful ones.
    I am glad that you are back to blogging, I always enjoy visiting you. I really like your fall header too.Thanks for sharing.

  13. Glad you are back! It looks like the perfect fall outing to me. Beautiful pic's!

  14. What wonderful pictures! I just love the fall and a trip to the orchards is a truly wonderful way to enjoy it.

  15. In my mind, it sounded like the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon picking apples. This post reminded me of magazine pictures I have seen. I like all the simple things that you stopped and took pictures of. I am sure the calories from the cake were certainly worked off from your walk and picking the apples. I smiled when I read that.


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