Sunday, October 20: Today, we go out to Stribling Orchard in Markham, Virginia to pick some apples. We have apple crisps and apple pies and apple butter and apple cobbler on our minds. I guess after last weekend’s dreary and rainy Columbus Day holiday, everyone in northern Virginia has decided to get out of their houses and come here, because it’s packed with families of apple-pickers. Oh well, so much for the peaceful, idyllic outing we envisioned.
On the way we pass this pretty little homestead. A sign out front says “Mount Pleasant ~ Circa 1795.”
We pass a scary Halloween display in the town of Markham.
In the orchard, we grab a couple of apple-pickers and some bags to fill, and we head out into the orchard. Luckily the orchard is big enough that we can get away from the madding crowds. We spend about an hour filling up two bags with Jonathans, Granny Smiths, and Rome Beauties.
We accidentally break a couple of the rules of the orchard without realizing it. Alex climbs the trees (forbidden!), and we actually sample one or two apples from the trees (oops!). Oh well, after last weekend’s rain and fog, it’s a lovely day to be out in the countryside.
Click on any of the pictures below for a full-sized slide show (Stribling Orchard).
After we leave the orchard, we drive though country roads past Leeds Episcopal Church. Leeds Parish was established in 1769 by action of the Virginia House of Burgesses and has been in continuous existence since then. The name of the new parish was taken from Leeds Castle in England, the birthplace of Lord Fairfax, whose colonial estates encompassed most of the new Church of England (Anglican) parish. Formal ratification of the parish occurred in December of 1769, and worship services began immediately (The Episcopal Church of Leeds Parish: Our History).
And near the church we find some long-horn cattle.
And some matted wooly sheep.
And some pretty farmland with wooden fences.
Now, we need to get busy putting our apples to good use. 🙂