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Apple Picking At ‘Hackleboro Farm’, New Hampshire — October 3, 2020.

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Going apple picking in early October is a cherished, annual family ritual going back many, many years. For the last 5 to 6 years we have invariably gone to ‘Appleview Orchard‘ in Pittsfield. It is closeby (under 20-minutes) & they serve good ‘eats’ in addition to the PYO (i.e., pick-your-own). But, this is 2020 & things are different — especially when it comes to eating out. Plus, due to the severe drought we have had, they, on their Website, was saying they didn’t have many apples to pick off the trees! So, we looked at other options. Then we remembered ‘Hackleboro Farm’. We had been there once, apple picking, a LONG TIME ago. Had to look it up. It was a hike — mainly because it is all back roads. Took us about 45-minutes. But, it was worth it. Fun. Extensive. Plenty of apples. We enjoyed it. Might go back next year. But, that is a longways away.


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Apple Picking 2019 At “Appleview Orchard”, Pittsfield, New Hampshire — October 11, 2019.

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Going apple picking at our ‘local’ (about 7 miles away) ‘Appleview Orchard‘ is a much cherished, must-do annual ritual — which we have faithfully adhered to for at least the last 7-years. Maybe more. Just do a search on ‘Appleview‘ and you will see all the posts, with tons of pictures, from prior years. You will recognize the various points of interest and maybe even notice that my pictures have got slightly better — mainly because I have upgraded lenses and cameras over that time.

Last year we went early — in September. Mid-October, however, is our usual time. This year, for the first time, we did NOT go on a weekend. We have a busy October and Friday was a school holiday in Alton. While we knew that we would miss all the weekend activity, i.e., music, hayrides and apple fritters, we also knew it would be less crowded!

Well, full disclosure. This year, for the first time, we didn’t pick any apples. We bought some and I will confess, that as is my wont, I picked and ate one from a tree — but, I know that Dennis & Mary (the lovely owners) wouldn’t expect anything less from I. [Yes, I did have a long chat with Dennis but didn’t tell him I ate an apple! He knows. We ‘know’ each other.] SMILE. We are cool.

That, permanently borrowed apple, is ALL I ate! The days of me eating 36 apple fritters, 6 servings of apple crisp and a gallon of ice cream, ALAS, are long gone. But, Deanna and Teischan had their customary ice cream and I later found out that a whoopie pie was involved too. I just got in my steps and took pictures.

The farm looks GRAND. Gets better every year. Beautiful foliage.

They are having their ‘AppleFest’ this weekend. Please go. You will love it.

Enjoy.


From 2012. WOW. They were YOUNG
and I was HUGE
(thanks to all those apple fritters and ice cream).


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Apple Picking At “Appleview Orchard”, Pittsfield, New Hampshire — September 30, 2018.

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Going apple picking at our ‘local’ (about 7 miles away) ‘Appleview Orchard‘ is a much cherished, must-do annual ritual. Just do a search on ‘Appleview‘ and you will see all the posts from prior years.

This was the earliest we have been. It was — but, it is always good. They had a bumper crop — as you can tell from the pictures. Some very tasty apples too. I have eaten five today! We bought a bunch. I was good. I did NOT eat a single apple fritter. We bought six, but I refrained.

I have, of course, more pictures. I will try and post them in batches.

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An Apple Picking Masonic Welcome To New Hampshire.

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This was at the ‘Swap Shop‘ at our local ‘dump‘ (i.e., recycling center). They were a few feet apart. I put the ‘Apple Welcome’ on top of the NH tile and took a picture to see what I would get. It was only when I looked at the photo, full-size on my PC, that I realized that the tile must be Masonic. Cool. I like it. What about you?


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Apple Picking In New Hampshire Again — This Time With A Ladder.

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Last weekend we went apple picking at ‘Appleview Orchard‘, in Pittsfield, New Hampshire — per what has now become an annual custom. Appleview is a commercial apple farm, with the trees pruned and sprayed for easy picking.

This was a at a ‘local’ blueberry farm. We were helping out the owners. They just hadn’t had time to get around to picking these apples. So, I volunteered to pick them for them. It was fun. Reminder me of ‘Cider House Rules‘. This farm, on 42-acres, is, in my opinion, the most beautiful farm in this area. I love being there. So, that was a bonus. They let me take pictures. That makes me even happier.


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Flowers Of “Appleview Orchard”, Pittsfield, New Hampshire — October 14, 2017.

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We went to ‘Appleview Orchard‘, to pick apples, as we have done every October, for the last 6-years. It is a fun place and extremely picturesque — in multiple dimensions. I always look forward to taking pictures in addition to communing with the apples.

In addition to apples, pumpkins and all things associated with apples, the owners, Dennis and Mary, always makes sure that there plenty of floral treats. This year was no exception. So, I am sharing the flowers of ‘Appleview Orchard‘ with you. Enjoy.


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Apple Picking At “Appleview Orchard”, Pittsfield, New Hampshire — October 14, 2017.

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We have been going to ‘Appleview Orchard‘, to pick apples, every fall, for the last 6-years, with relish — without fail. So, today was our 2017 outing, and as ever, it was fulfilling and rewarding — even if I abstained from eating a full apple fritter (let alone three). Over the years we have got to know the owners, Dennis and Mary, and it is always good to see them. It should also be mentioned that they have two links to this blog from their ‘Appleview Orchard’ Website.

We typically go slightly earlier in October BUT going mid-October was fine. Still a LOT of apples left on the trees and a tad less people. Beautiful day. Gorgeous to take pictures. I always look forward to that.

We had fun. Got a lot apples and two pumpkins. Teischan had her customary ice cream and apple fritters. So, it was a good afternoon out. I got a LOT of great pictures. {Smile}


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Mary Had A Little Lamb, Actually Two, One White & One Black — At ‘Appleview Orchard’, Pittsfield, New Hampshire.

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That is Mary, without her lambs, hiding at the back (right).

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“Appleview Orchard”, Pittsfield, New Hampshire,
is where we typically go, each Fall, for apple picking.
See links above.

Mary is the co-owner of this farm. Hence, Mary had a little lamb.


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Mary’s Golden, ‘Rusty’, herding ‘Ivory’ the white lamb.

8 second YouTube video. CUTE as can be.

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The farm is OPEN and selling ice cream and other stuff. Mary and the lambs are there, as is Rusty. Dennis, Mary’s husband, is there too. Go visit. Delightful place. Click here to access their Website.


Laconia Antique Center.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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As was the case last Sunday, when he had the delightful experience of meeting Michael Dukakis, I had to go to the Obama campaign office in Laconia yesterday. As is our wont, we all went.

On the way back, though I usually try to ignore it, we ended up going inside the ‘Laconia Antique Center‘, now in its expanded space in what was the old ‘Bloom’ building. I was somewhat familiar with them having visited them, at least once, when they were across the road.

I have to be careful going into places like that. Whereas Deanna can happily browse for hours without feeling the need to buy anything I am an impulsive and compulsive shopper with myriad interests.

I still can’t make up my mind about their prices. They are NOT outlandish. I guess they are par for retail, though I am not sure whether the par as yet been correctly calibrated for Laconia. I was not going to buy anything. With the piano, Sandwich Fair, $52 Apple Picking, Devanee’s birthday, Devanee’s Nexus 7 it had already been an expensive month and we had more events scheduled for the remainder of the month. Lincoln (link) Fornier, the owner, very nice guy, came and directed us to an aisle where everything was 20% off. That was a good start, but I was still determined to keep my powder dry.

I saw a brass compass cum sun dial plus (mini) sextant. Of late I have a thing about small, portable sun dials. I was tempted, but refrained.

Then I saw this watch, with the Lionel Train logo, with a MOVING train that acted as the second hand. I was done for. Yes, I know I have extremely strong will power, the only thing that I can’t resist being temptation. This was too much. The watch even made train noises when you pressed a second knob at the top!

Next to cricket, anything that moves is my next abiding passion. Trains are literally in my blood. My maternal grandfather was a station master. So my mother grew up alongside main railway tracks, station masters, per the British tradition, getting official houses close to their station. So my mother grew up to the sound of trains. My grandfather died, the year I was born. He was then the station master of Ceylon’s 2nd largest railway station, Kandy — the hill capital. He died off an heart-attack, early in the morning, while shaving, outside, on the veranda, watching the trains come and go. His eldest son, my uncle, started off as a train driver and eventually rose to the ranks of being an inspector railways. When I was young he would arrange for me to get rides on engines. Once when I was about 12 I spent and entire Saturday morning shoveling coal on a train that was commuting to-and-from Kandy. So … What can I say. I have all sorts of model train stuff, and even a partially working z-gauge train set. I won’t mention the number of books I have. If I look to my right as I write there are 3 shelves with model train engines.

So I got the watch and the compass thingy. I told you I was impulsive and compulsive.

I wasn’t going to look up the watch on the Web. I was petrified that I had made a mistake. Eventually around midnight I broke down and had a look. I had paid $32 for it, in the original box. That is an average price — without shipping. So, I wasn’t ripped off. That is good. If not for the 20% off, I would not have been as sanguine.

I think that that sums up the Antique Center. About par prices, especially if discounted. They did have some stuff 50% off. Deanna found a provocative nut cracker. A female nude and you cracked nuts by lifting her legs apart. She thought that I should get it. I resisted.

Yes, I will be going back again, possibly close to Christmas. Nice place. Has the CUTEST period theme ol’ style soda bar where you can order a real soda!

So, if you are in Laconia give it a try. From what Link was saying they always have sales and each item has a potential discount price marked on it — top right corner.

We Went Apple Picking At ‘AppleView Orchard’ Pittsfield, NH — Colombus Day Monday, October 8, 2012.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Dennis Straight, Co-Owner of ‘AppleView’, a full-time pharmacist in Vermont and all around nice guy. He is there most weekends. Seek him out and talk to him. Lots of information. Lots of fun.


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It was a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on a very typical Colombus Day Monday. Temperature in the low 60s was just right. It was cloudy, but not gloomy. Though we had lots of rain last night the ground was quite firm, so not mud to contend with. That is always a bonus.

The apples are getting picked, though there is a lot on the ground. I know that that gets picked up and used, but it distresses me. The apples, in general, were good.

The fritters, when hot, are divine. Make sure they are hot. If they are not, insist that you want freshly fried ones. They can palm off the cold ones to those that don’t read this blog.

We had, has we invariably do, bought 1/2 peck of apples at the Sandwich Fair (on Saturday). This year, the ‘Apple Tent’ (or at least the only one we know off, which is by the ‘Craft Buidling’), only had Jonamac apples: a cross between a Jonathan and McIntosh. The ‘kid’ who was selling them said they were combined the taste and sweetness of the McIntosh with the crispness of the Johnathan. Boy, was he right! So, I wanted more.

AppleView didn’t have any Jonamac but they had ‘Empire‘, a cross between McIntosh and Red Delicious. I tried one. They were good. They only had 6 Empire trees available for picking and there wasn’t much left. But, we managed to pick enough.

We bought 3 big bags of apples, 2 medium size pumpkins, a very small apple pie, a small ice cream and 12 apple fritters. Came to about $52. That is OK — I think. It was fun. The folks, especially Dennis, his wife (who works for UNH) and the Farm Manager (who always get the plumb job of driving a hay ride), are delightful. We had a good time. Teischan did her ‘I want to be difficult for the sake of being difficult’ act and got sent to the car sans ice cream. But, that is Teischan.


About Apple View Orchard
(per Dennis Straight)

Owners: Dennis (pharmacist) and Mary (UNH) Straight, who have owned it for the last 5 years. Prior to the 1980s it was a potato field.

Size: Main farm is 12 acres and they just got an additional 10 acres one mile up the road. So, 22 acres in total. In the 12 acre main farm they have 3,000 apple trees in 20 different varieties, some of them new ‘exotics’ they are experimenting with over the last couple of years.

They are growing other fruit trees, peaches, pears and cherries in the new 10 acres. They also have 3,000 strawberry plants.

Hannaford and Shaw’s supermarkets sell their apples.

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