Monday, October 1, 2012
Sunday's Simple Pleasures... Antiquing and Apples
My eyes had just peeked open and, even though I was still quite groggy, I
was aware that we needed to get up immediately! A road trip took us back
to Allegan Antique Market for their last show of the season. And the sun
displayed a promise of a fabulous fall day for shopping outdoors at the fairgrounds.
The highlight of my shopping excursion? This! A metal bin like the one I
remember from childhood. I love this iconic design for a waste bin.. so
classic with it's swinging door, front and back, and a top which does not come
completely off as it has heavy metal hinges supporting it. Making for easy access in order to dispose of its contents. I will have to paint the interior
of it as it is pretty rusty but that's an easy fix.
Heading back home, partially on country roads... the tops of the trees just
beginning to show a tinge of color. Making us aware that nights have
become cooler and that daylight is becoming shorter.
Choosing back roads so we can happen upon an apple orchard. So many
dot this region of Michigan! Pulling over to the first one we find, we grab
a peck of honey sweet apples (my favorite!) and......
... freshly picked purple grapes (how I wish you could just smell these! So strong with fragrance and so sweet to the taste! Mmmmmmm!!). And as
we headed back to the car, we bought two of these....
... not store bought or prepackaged from somewhere else, but freshly made,
on the premises, apple cinnamon doughnuts!. Even darling husband, who is not a "sweet" eater, savored every morsel of this as we sat in the car quietly
relishing this pleasure!
A morning spent outdoors perusing antique treasures.. the pleasure of
being immersed in the bustle of friendly people..... country stands selling
their produce of the season.... the sun now setting in the distance. Marking
not only the end of a glorious day but the beginning of a season that I treasure the most. Those tinged leaves, highlighted by the sun's rays will, within a blink
of an eye, become a blaze of color. Worthy of another Sunday drive back
to Michigan! Simple pleasures!