My Favorite Season of the Year

| 9/12/2014 8:26:00 AM

Tags: Starking Delicious Pears, Bartlett Pears, Digging Potatoes, Raspberries, Picking Apples, Mary Conley,

Mary ConleyDear friends,

We live where we have four distinct seasons, and my favorite one is here. Yes, fall, with all it holds, has arrived! Some have told me that this time of year makes them sad when everything dies, reminding them of approaching winter. But, how can one feel sad living in Omaha with rolling hills of beautiful multicolored trees, lovely landscaped yards with bright yellow mums and brilliant red burning bushes? Front porches and around doors are filled with straw bales, cornstalks, and pumpkins. Who doesn't feel like a child again when taking their daily walk in fallen leaves? And the aroma! Um! Away with those hot humid days, and if a day is dreary or chilly, we light our wood-burning fireplace and bring out cinnamon and spice scented candles. Soon, there will be happy children trick or treating, and then, Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday! Could it get any better?

Well, it did get better when we bought our little farm with all its unique beauty and added peace. It got even more so this past weekend when we both noticed an extra special feeling of joy. We were picking pears from our two pear trees and remarking over and over again, “Look at all these pears!" What a wholesome job!

Pear trees

Pear trees: On the left is a Starking Delicious and on the right, a partial photo of a Bartlett. Their taste is almost identical.

Mary and pear tree

9/25/2014 4:59:07 PM

Mary, the pears are beautiful! I, too, love how you described the apple trees sighing. Great post!

9/12/2014 4:24:33 PM

I loved your description of the apple tree branches sighing as you picked them, like a pregnant woman! Perfect. I was picking apples recently and had those same thoughts as the branches lifted. Also loved you telling about all that work hauling things out being paid finally as you get to haul your produce back. Nice picture in my mind!

9/12/2014 11:39:53 AM

Mary, fall is a great season but it's my second favorite. I love the spring. Everything is fresh and new. I can hardly wait to get outside and start digging in the dirt. After being pent up all winter, it's good to be able to get some real exercise. I do love fall as well. It's soup time and I love soup. Your apple and pear harvest look to be outstanding for sure. It was well worth the wait, don't you think? All that work is paying off, huh. ***** Have a great garden harvest day.

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