Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Apple Picking in the Adelaide Hills - what joy!


I just wanted to share some of the most fun I have had in ages!  After a word from my amazing friend Helen, who is a wealth of knowledge on all things "Adelaidian", I headed into the Adelaide Hills on Saturday morning with my two Darling Daughters and one of said Daughters' BFF's!

We drove through wonderful winding roads, skirting the edge of streams and little farms, some of which had the most amazing stone cottages on them - that will have to be an exploration for another day -all the while enveloped in a misty rain.  We even found a castle, well at least what remains of a castle.

After only 20 minutes or so we found our way to Summertown and Hollidays Rd and an old apple grove.  We were met by two kindly farmers who explained which apples were ready to pick and we were off!  The kids were so excited and were running everywhere, I just sort of stood there, with a lovely gobsmacked look on my face and inhaled the scent of wet grass and fresh apples!!!!  Glorious indeed.

We spent the next hour picking apples and exploring the grove, we found the older trees had "knitted" together in one section to create something out of a fairytale, just magical.

The Fruits of our labour!

If you are interested in picking fresh apples then head up to Hollidays Rd, Summertown - the easiest way is just to follow Greenhill Rd all the way to the top, once you get to Summertown, turn left into Hollidays Rd and the Apple Grove is on the Left about 500 metres down the road.  They are open on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 11am through till July.


Now I am off to make some apple sauce, jam and pies ....


Melinda said...

Sounds heavenly! Working in Mt Barker, lovely the peaceful drives thru the hills (even if I regularly get lost - just cant rest trying that dirt road - destination unknown lol)

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