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.
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.