No doubt… fall is truly here. I, for one, love this change in the season, especially when I get a chance to visit Davison Orchards in the Okanagan Valley. Whether you simply love fruit, want to visit the pumpkin patch, love to shop, or simply want to relax over coffee and homemade treats at Auntie May’s Cafe, this is a place for the whole family to enjoy.
If you’re an apple lover (and who isn’t… really?) there are so many varieties to sample and purchase. Not to mention the caramel apples, freshly made apple juice, apple butter, and apple pie!
For those who love to shop, the gift shop at Davison Orchards is a visual & retail delight with items that include wonderful jams, jellies & sauces, fabulous cookbooks, candles, home decor products, toys, and much more.
And when you get back from the pumpkin patch, warm up with hot chocolate or coffee in Auntie May’s Cafe where you will have a tough time deciding which tempting treat to have.
Into its fourth generation of farming, the Davison family has been entrenched in the fruit industry in the Okangan Valley for decades and you can tell they love it. Check it out if you happen to be in the Vernon area. It will be the first of many visits, I guarantee!
Autumn is slowing me down
to an enforced slower pace.
It is nature’s way to ensure
that I savour every moment
left to me – no rush.
My life golden like the leaves.
Excerpt from the poem, “Golden Autumn” by Suzette Richards
I love decorating my home for each season and usually I incorporate a multitude of colours for my fall Thanksgiving table, including reds, oranges, browns, etc. This year, I opted for gold and white and I am delighted by the simplicity and beauty of this combination.
Mini white pumpkins are readily accessible in most grocery stores or at the local farmers’ market. You might also want to use gourds or smaller sized pumpkins depending on the area you wish to decorate. All it took was a can of gold spray paint and 20 minutes of outdoor spray time (I recommend doing this outdoors or at least in your garage). In no time, I had a variety of sizes for the dining room table. I was able to find some beautiful gold and white napkins and also put out my gold charger plates, which are normally reserved for Christmas dinners.
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If there’s one fruit that we particularly associate with fall, it’s most likely the apple! My father was an orchardist and the smell of apples during fall harvest will always be evocative of my childhood. I grew up in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, an area well known for its orchards and, more recently, its many vineyards. Continue reading “An apple a day!”
Sweet Summer looks over her shoulder,
And whispers once more her farewells.
(excerpt from “The Parting with Summer” by Mary T. Lathrap)
I think everyone feels a certain twinge of sadness at the end of summer – days shorten, there’s a coolness in the air, and suddenly, it’s September and back to school, or back to whatever your September reality might be.
This past week included a few glorious sunny days, albeit with cooler air reminding us that fall is indeed here. But instead of bemoaning the fact that summer has gone, I wanted to reflect back on just how wonderful these past few months were. This summer was full: 3 weddings, a trip to the Okanagan Valley, a trip to Boston, and a quick hop over to Vancouver. In between, there were relaxing days at the cottage, potlucks by the pool, and a few decadent afternoon teas. It truly couldn’t have been more magical.
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