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A New England Moment in Fall

This morning I awoke to frost. I went out to feed the horses, let out the chickens, and take a breath of that quiet, fall morning air. It's back...I thought. It felt great.

I feel this is a time of year when we, in New England, are reminded by Mother Nature to take a moment to relax, take a breath, look at what's changing around us. So much is changing, though oftentimes it's easier to observe the visual changes than to feel changes elsewhere.

Last weekend I attended a neighborhood cider making gathering. Friend and neighbors brought their own apples from their trees. As imperfect and bruised as they all were, some with black circles and little worm holes in them, the apples produced the most wonderful, sweet tasting apple cider. I brought several jars and filled them up to freeze them so that I could be reminded of the time we all gathered together to make apple cider. I'll remember watching my four year old daughter was spinning around the apple press, making for the very first time, her own cup of cider. Donuts, a small bonfire, good music and great people. Surrounded by fall foliage, the smell of a damp forest with only a slight opening for the 200 + year old colonial home behind us. No neighbors, a dirt road winds around the property leading us from Sullivan, NH to the small village center of Nelson, NH. A road where so many people have stopped by the house to ask, where are we? We're looking for Nelson village, but this can't possibly be the main road that leads us there? "Keep going" we urge with confidence that they will eventually get there, after taking the most beautiful drive of their life- Apple Hill Road, Sullivan, NH.

On another day, I take the drive from Keene, NH to Jaffrey, down Rte. 124 where I stop, every year, to look at Mount Monadnock in the fall.  We have pictures from year to year from this very same spot. Each year the colors are vibrant and I feel at peace.

This is the time I take a moment to  slow down. Working with my clients is more relaxed, more comfortable than ever. They feel it too.

Take the time to enjoy! Happy Fall.

Comment balloon 1 commentStephanie Jacques • October 05 2008 07:29AM


Hi Stephanie!

     I actually feel myself slowing down more in winter than fall.  I love January (I'm an odd New Englander, I know), because there are those inevitable days (otherwise known as snowy) where you don't have to feel bad for sitting on your couch and reading all day (hopefully a pleasure book, not a text!).  But, you've also explained one of New England's true joys: fall.  Especially apples...I didn't know you could freeze cider, either.  It makes sense, it just never occurred to me!


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