Tinker Verve

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Celebrating Autumn

Living in the country has so many benefits…for me!  I realize that I am so, very different from most people but I feel like it allows me to do so many of the things that I’ve wanted to do for years…

…like taking time to celebrate Autumn with family.

We did just that on Saturday.  There were 15 of us and we pressed 36 gallons of cider, the kids carved pumkins and played in the leaves and we ate wonderful food.

I’m hoping that we have just had our 1st Annual ~ Bowe Family Celebration of Autumn!

   Now that we have had our practice run {which was a fairly spontaneous happening} we’ll need to invite the rest of the family and really get it on!

My brother slipped away before, after and a little during to get the trusses up on the little barn!

October 31, 2011 - Posted by | autumn decor, family, home life, my neck of the woods!


  1. Summer’s’ gone and autumn and chilly days are here. Your pictures are neat. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by gramtoots | October 31, 2011 | Reply

  2. Family traditions, making memories, autumn, cider… It doesn’t get much better than that! Ahhhh!!!
    Last week we carried on the traditional autumn cider making party. Although smaller this year 7 of us ,in 3 1/2 hours, picked a bin and a half of apples, and made 96 gallons of awesome cider from Bill’s berry farm! Then returned home to homemade chili, fresh cinnamon rolls and of course, fresh cider! The kids were all content to run through the orchard, play and sample cider.
    Love the pictures!

    Comment by Ronnie | October 31, 2011 | Reply

    • sounds perfect …wow! 96 gallons! Do you ever hear of good cider presses for sale in your area? We need to buy one this year!

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      Comment by Elaine | October 31, 2011 | Reply

  3. What great memories you will all have. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Sheila Mulkin | October 31, 2011 | Reply

  4. Elaine-

    You really know how to celebrate, girl! Love your zest for life!

    I got my beautiful charm in the mail the other day… gave me a goofy grin all day long. LOVE it… I love how I can wear it to work and it’s strong enough to keep up with my job: Mothering. 🙂

    Keep Charming!


    Comment by Emily Dykstra | October 31, 2011 | Reply

  5. Love this post! Thanks, Elaine, for putting this day together. Our family enjoyed it so much.

    Comment by arlene | October 31, 2011 | Reply

  6. Looks fabulous! I miss our family and friends cider parties. Now that the farm business has really grown and everyone comes to our farm to make cider we haven’t had time to host our own personal party. After seeing your photos I’m certain we shall make a way to plan and host one next year. We always had about 50-60 people and made about 250 gallons and then ended with a big chili dinner…with cider of course! Love your setting and your old truck buffet…you’ve got my mind turning and I’m already planning! Next year…

    Thanks for sharing, Julie

    P.S. Our son Jase has built all our presses…he could probably make you one this winter if you are interested. Or google the “whizbang cider press” online for ideas on how to build one.

    Comment by Julie, berry farm girl | October 31, 2011 | Reply

  7. What a wonderful day of new memories!

    Comment by Patti | October 31, 2011 | Reply

  8. What a beautiful time, and all that cider to boot! I feel inspired to start a family fall gathering, too.
    Thanks for sharing all the great photos.

    Comment by Wendy Curling | November 1, 2011 | Reply

  9. Oh, PLEASE don’t think you are so different from other people!…you just DO the things the rest of us WISH we would! You are keeping the “down to earth…CAN DO” spirit alive… please…may God be with you…I know He must smile at you celebrating His creations. What a great inspiration! Thanks Lizzy

    Comment by Lizzy Bean | November 2, 2011 | Reply

  10. I see Julie already commented and sent ideas for a new press…
    Their presses and grinder really work great!

    Comment by Ronnie | November 3, 2011 | Reply

  11. What a terrific idea! Moving to Northern CA next year….I see a cider mill in the very near future!!!! Thanks for sharing Elaine!

    Comment by ElizabethColvin | November 12, 2011 | Reply

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