I’m not a summer person. During the hot days of this season I normally fantasize about a cool and crisp October day and a walk in a colourful forest, followed by an afternoon tea with apple cake…
Most years September is still too warm to my liking – the temperature still goes up to 18-20° Celsius in the day – but in the morning and evening the air is already cold and clear. Every year I try to do something special at the day of the autumn equinox to celebrate the beginning of my favourite season. When I still shared a flat with friends I took the opportunity to invite some people to have a special dinner. Nowadays I live solitary and most of my friends have moved away so I usually make a trip into the “country”.
On Saturday I got up early and took the train to my hometown and visited the local weekly farmer’s market. This is what I got:
I’m a big fan of apples and they had several old sorts (varieties ? breeds?) like Gravensteiner and Bärlepsch.
Originally I’d planned to take a walk in the forest in Heiligenhaus (my hometown) but my little sister persuaded me to accompany her on a short shopping spree next town and to follow this up with a foray to a local recreation area called Elfringhauser Schweiz (Schweiz translates to Switzerland). This area is part of a low mountain range with only small winding roads. We wanted to visit a particular farm but we hopelessly lost our way. In the long run this worked in our favour though because we stumbled upon a really nice place only by accident!
We followed this sign….
through the woods…
and walked around a corner to end up with this view:
I didn’t take a picture but there is a little shed and a barn where they sell herbs and homemade juices and lemonade. They also serve a delicious apple pie and a very tasty rhubbarb lemonade which you can enjoy with a free view of the hills.
We will definetly come back here sometime and if you’re in this area, go there! It’s worth it!
All in all a very nice way to celebrate the first day of autum! I hope you’ll enjoy this season as well! See U!