This is my favorite time of year. From my desk I can look out over the orchard and watch people arriving by the wagonload to pick apples and enjoy the change of season. Picking apples is a great family activity. When our children were growing up we usually made a trip to Applecrest Farm in New Hampshire to pick. Once home I made apple pies and applesauce and apple crisp and the children carried an apple in their lunch bag. Little did I know that one day I would own an apple orchard where families would come for fun and fruit. These days our son Doug and his wife Miranda own the orchard but I’m still here to see other families enjoying a yearly ritual.

A big event took place in our family last weekend. Our grandson Alex was married on a beach overlooking Lake Winnisquam in New Hampshire last Saturday. The weather was perfect, guests swam and played on the beach early in the day and then gathered at 4PM for the ceremony. The trees lining the lake were already in glorious fall colors making the perfect backdrop for the occasion.

Jessalyn and Alex

Jessalyn and Alex

Weddings provide the perfect opportunity to get together with people we love and sometimes don’t see often. My sister Beth came out from Michigan along with her son, his wife and two little girls. In addition to the wedding, we celebrated two birthdays. It was a busy week and went by all too quickly.