I had a moment of glorious realisation this week. By moving to New Zealand during the American winter, I am essentially skipping spring and come next December will have had three, THREE, autumns over the course of a year. And I was sitting in my home, smugly, until it occurred to me…
Will I still love autumn without all the events and holidays that I normally associate with the season?
I don’t know why, but it’s really hard for my brain to compute that the holidays don’t flip with the seasons in the southern hemisphere. Can you imagine Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas in the Spring/Summer? But more importantly, can you imagine Autumn and Winter without these milestones?
In celebration of the coming Autumn season for those of us below the Equator, here’s one of my favourite fall activities in upstate New York: Apple picking, cider doughnuts, hay and pumpkins. We were a little too early in the season for my favourites, but we filled two pails with Jonagold, Topaz and Red Delicious. I prefer my apples tart and crispy, like the Roxbury or Golden Russet. If anything, I think the thicker, rougher skin makes for a better apple experience. I don’t trust shiny apples. With shine comes less flavour.
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