apple picking at stribling orchard

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.”

Mount Pleasant: circa 1795
Mount Pleasant: circa 1795
Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant

We pass a scary Halloween display in the town of Markham.

Yikes!
Yikes!

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).

Leeds Episcopal Church
Leeds Episcopal Church
Leeds Church
Leeds Church
Leeds Church
Leeds Church
Leeds Church
Leeds Church

And near the church we find some long-horn cattle.

Long-horns
Long-horns

And some matted wooly sheep.

wooly sheep
wooly sheep

And some pretty farmland with wooden fences.

pretty farmland
pretty farmland

Now, we need to get busy putting our apples to good use. 🙂

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21 thoughts on “apple picking at stribling orchard

    1. Thanks, Jo, except this wasn’t my birthday weekend. I’m just a little behind! That sheep was so wooly and matted! Crazy-looking, huh? I think that Southern Chow Chow is a kind of pickle, but I’ve never eaten it, believe it or not. And I’ve been a southern girl my whole life. 🙂

  1. Mmmm, your list of apple dishes sounds tempting. What are apple crisps? I love this gallery of Autumnal colours. It’s so pretty. And I’m so glad that you are able to get away and leave the worries of your job behind on the weekends.

    1. Apple crisp has sliced apples with a crust of raw oats, brown sugar, sugar, etc. baked on top. It’s great served with vanilla ice cream. Thank goodness for the weekends, Carol. And I’m counting the weeks till the semester ends (7)!

  2. Happy birthday! Wishing you healthy, happy and beautiful days ahead! New travellings, new adventures and new stories!

    Best thoughts from the silent reader in Romania,
    Raluca
    P.S. I know Romania is not on your list yet. Still, if by any chance you go by, you are most welcomed here. 🙂

    1. Hi Raluca, I’ve seen you make comments before, haven’t I? Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! I hope to have new travels ahead, though I make much less money here in the USA, so my travels will have to be less frequent; unless I can figure out a way to get paid to travel!

      I’m going to have to put Romania on my list! Don’t worry, I don’t want to leave any place untouched ~ at least that’s my dream! Thanks for your welcome. 🙂

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