One of the high points of early autumn is a visit to the Blackmoor Apple Tasting Day, so much so that we drive 60 miles to get there! We’ve been regulars for quite a few years now. Last year it wasn’t held, and we feared the worst, so we’re delighted to see it back for 2014. Blackmoor Apple Tasting Day
The weather was kind. Calm, a bit chill, and with an early mist. Perfect for a wander round, tasting apples, buying a few raffle tickets (we didn’t win), and admiring the displays.
Here’s our visit in pictures.
We made straight for the apple tasting. We’ve bought several trees on the strength of this tasting in previous years …
… and this year’s favourite is Redlove Odysso. It’s pink-fleshed, perfumed, and delicious.
Redlove Odysso from Blackmoor Nurseries
The apple identification tent. These guys really are experts. They’ve helped us to identify several inherited trees in past years.
And of course the apple and pear sales. We’ve grown so many apples this year that I was forbidden from buying any more. We got some lovely Comice pears, though.
The blacksmiths were back again this year.
And the man who makes wooden trugs.
Hollywater Hens are re-established and were showing both hybrids and bantams. We identified the Polands and Pekins, but not the gorgeous Pekin Frizzle on the right.
No bees for us this year, but it’s always good to keep in touch.
The arts and crafts barn was full of treasures. We couldn’t resist this Scandinavian door harp.
The traditional horse-drawn rides were as popular as ever.
This year has been really great for pumpkins and squash.
And we watched the morris dancers, of course.
So I’ll play out the blog with the enthusiastic morris band.