Of My Favourite Season… and Apples

Autumn has arrived, and with it, apples!! Now, if anyone knows me, they know I’m very easily excited, and no season makes me kick up my heels more than autumn. Something in the air makes me want to jump and skip and generally be undignified.

I can’t help but write poetry and sing in the dusty sunlight of autumn. I can’t help but take pictures everywhere and rhapsodize about them while quoting Robert Frost. Just in the last few days and weeks, God’s faithfulness has shown itself powerfully to me, and I can’t quell the bubbles of joy and peace welling up in me! There’s so much to look forward to, and so much to thank Him for!!

One chilly spring evening when I was eight, I watched my dad and brothers dig deep holes in the empty space behind our bunkhouses. Skinny little trees, bare and twig-like, stood up straight in their garbage bags of dirt. We helped my dad hold them straight as he thumped the dirt around them.

Eleven years later, I still feel like a little kid when I head out to that once-empty space that’s now our orchard, and run down the grassy aisles and find great globes of pure deliciousness hanging on the sturdy little trees.

Happy Autumn, everyone!

27 thoughts on “Of My Favourite Season… and Apples

  1. hi again stef

    in the 2nd picture i just noticed there is an apple that has got a hole in it and you might wanto throw it out
    because it would not be good to eat i have a few more things i would like to know
    do u know of a linda clifford who may live in your community who could have been raised by parents , as i am trying to find my birth father’s sister as she was adopted.
    where do u have your church services, do you have sets of rules for visitors which they need to follow and do u have a set routine
    let me know please if you know of a linda that would be a big help and much appreciated

    please and thankyou.
    kindest regards
    from alinta.

    • No, I don’t know of any Linda Clifford. We have our church services in the communal dining hall. We do have a routine and guidelines that we give a printed copy of to each guest.

  2. hi stef

    it would be nice on your website to alot of different new photos of things like other families other or new types of work that may be introduced
    – things like make honey, cream from diesel yoghurt normal yoghurt,
    the communal meetings bible study groups in peoples homes
    just a few new ideas that you might like to raise as suggestions
    from alinta

  3. Are they Gala apples? They are my favourite variety, although I don’t eat them very often (I need to eat more fresh fruit & vegies, I’m slowly getting better).

    The book I’m reading at the moment may interest you. It’s called “Eating ourselves sick” by Louise Stephen. It goes into the effects of a number of different foods on the body, and by the looks of things is going to recommend a Paleo style diet (I will probably finish reading it this weekend, so will be able to confirm this in the next few days).

    I also enjoy the autumn & winter. The hot & humid weather of summer doesn’t really agree with me, and there is something special about the bush & mountains near where I live during the colder months. It is also the quieter time of year for work in my current job (I’m waiting to hear back about a new job where things may be different at the moment). It is also the time the 3 major sporting competitions I follow are held, so I can spend some of my spare time following my teams, and spending time with friends watching games. I might start taking my young nephews to games this year if we can get a daytime game on a day that we are all free.

    I would like to wish the community a happy Easter.

    • That book sounds super interesting! I think I’ve heard the title before. It’s amazing to me how much we can damage our bodies by what we eat. Healthy eating for life! 🙂
      I love all the seasons, but as you know, autumn is my favourite too 🙂 Some of our apples are Gala, but most are red and striped Fuji. I’m not very well-versed on them. Stanley is our orchardist, and a very good one too 🙂
      I hope you enjoy the season! Also, thank you very much, and happy Easter to you too.

  4. Thanks.

    I finished reading the book yesterday (I finally got a few spare hours with no interruptions). While it stopped short of recommending the Paleo diet, it did rate a mention, along with the Mediterranean diet, as a style of diet to aim for.

    The book mainly focused on the negative effects of sugar, processed grains & vegetable oils, while also talking about GM foods, and the links between big food companies, pharmaceutical companies, health care providers & medical research adding up to a lot of misinformation being promoted in the health & diet industries.

    It is well worth a read if you get a chance.

    As someone who grew up addicted to sugar (and still addicted), I have a lot of work to do to restore my health. I have tried going cold turkey, and never last any more than a few days (it doesn’t help living with 2 other sugar addicts, even if they don’t want to acknowledge they are). I might need to make gradual small changes to wean myself off sugar. I remember reading in “Psycho Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz, that it takes approximately 21 days of consistent effort to create a new habit. So it looks like I have a considerable journey ahead of me to make all the necessary changes to get my health back on track, and weight down.

    • Wow, the book sounds great. I’ve got a hold on it at our local library. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

      I’ve been off sugar and wheat for one month short of a year now, and I will tell you, it feels good! On very rare occasions I have eaten sugar in small amounts and it always affects me badly. I believe strongly in a diet which is rich in the healthy fats, high in protein and veggies, and low in the starchy carbs (ESPECIALLY the refined ones). So I’d definitely say it’s worth it.

      Blessings to you in your journey!

      • It sounds like you don’t even need to read the book 😀

        I’ve ordered a number of books & documentary DVDs that were mentioned in the book to continue my research & hopefully help me become healthier.

        I have just finished watching the documentary “That sugar film” by Damon Gameau. He was a healthy person who spent 2 months eating “healthy” foods that were loaded with hidden sugars. The effects on his health during that time were scary. A very similar idea & result to “Super-size me” by Morgan Spurlock, who did a similar experiment eating nothing but McDonalds for a month (and turned me off McDonalds for a while). Both Damon & Morgan returned to clean eating after their experiments & restored their health. I’m going to have to watch these regularly to keep the message in front of me on my journey.

        • 🙂 I have done quite a bit of study on the subject.
          Your research sounds very interesting. I’d like to watch the documentary and will at my first opportunity.

          • I should probably warn you that there is some colourful language & unpleasant scenes in the documentaries, especially “Super size me”. They are still worth watching if you can overlook these issues.

          • Hi Stefania,

            Just thought I’d let you know of a couple of other documentaries you might be interested in – “Forks over knives” & “Food choices”. Both push the vegan diet, but still have plenty of useful information if you don’t want to go vegan.

            I have gone off sugar and also vegetable & seed oils in the last few weeks. I have lost 5kgs, cleared by sinuses, improved my breathing, cut down on the number & severity of my headaches, and have more energy. A pretty good result do far. I might make further changes as I learn more.

  5. Hi Stefania,

    Just want to commend you on the beautiful photos and inspiring words that you write. Also, I am greatly encouraged by the example of this community to live in close fellowship with one another which is so counter cultural to independent self centred living that is predominant today. I have been challenged by spending a great deal of time studying the scriptures in the Rocky Cape statement of faith document.

    I am also a bit of a healthy food freak recently abandoning dairy, wheat and high acidic foods. Feeling much more alive in doing so, though it is not an easy journey. Please could you let me know how you make kefir Stefania? Thank you.

    Kind regards

    Jennifer on the Darling Downs, Crows Nest

    • Hi Jennifer!

      Thanks for your comment. It’s so uplifting to see positive comments on the site! 🙂

      Making kefir is a very simple procedure; it’s simply important to keep your kefir grains alive. Put a teaspoon of grains in 250ml warmed milk, cover with a breathable cover (like a serviette secured with a rubber band) and allow to rest in a dark place for 24-48 hours. The longer you let it sit after 24 hours, the more sour it will be. One thing is very important – don’t let your grains touch metal! They will react and die. After the rest time, strain kefir through a plastic strainer or slotted spoon, save the grains, and start over 🙂

      With each feeding, the grains will become more lively, and will often multiply. In this case, you can share with friends, try eating the grains, throw them into your compost or bury them in the garden. In warmer weather, kefir will thicken up more quickly, as the bacteria eats the milk sugars faster.

      If you’d like to see more of my creative writing that I do for fun, check out my small personal blog: https://allonalittleisland.wordpress.com/

      Enjoy your kefir! I hope this helped!

      • Hi, I’m Sarah 🙂
        I’ve been reading your posts for a while now and I really enjoy them. It’s lovely to have a little insight into your life 🙂
        I thought that I would comment on the kefir… I have been making it for a couple of months now and have found that it is very difficult to strain the grains out after the kefir has cultured and thickened, so instead, I strain them out after about 12 hours, and then let the milk continue to culture; it still thickens in the same way, but then I don’t get frustrated!!
        Also, with the kefir, a tasty way to eat it (my aunt showed me this) is to make “cheese”. You drain it in a cheesecloth/chux lined colander until it is quite thick (12-24hrs) and then mix through either cinnamon and honey or finely chopped cucumber, onion, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs. It makes a delicious dip or spread on toast. Yum!
        Thank you also, Stefania, for the link to your blog, it is lovely! I am looking forward to reading all of the posts… 🙂
        Regards, Sarah

        • Thanks, Sarah! I’ve actually made kefir “cheese” before too. I liked it, but for some it would be an acquired taste 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement! God bless!!

  6. Thanks Stefania! I presume the grains can be bought in a health food shop. I haven’t seen them on the shelves at woolies. I sooo enjoyed looking through your blog pages. The one about distraction resonated with me. I too am a writer and full time student. Often the study and creative writing can easily and subtly slip into first place before I know it. Thanks for the reminder to seek first the Kingdom of God. I publish my work on Faithwriters.com if you would like to look at it some time. Looking forward to making a batch of kefir…..

    Regards Jennifer

    • Thanks, Jennifer! 🙂 I love hearing from people who also love to write… I will check out Faithwriters when I have more time to do so. Yes, the kefir grains can be bought at a health food shop… or online if you want pre-hydrated ones.
      God bless you in your work!!

  7. hey Alinta this is Jesse we make there own ice-cream already but thanks for the advise maybe we will post some pics.

  8. Hi Stefania,

    What an excellent post.
    It must have been a real pleasure watching that orchard grow! Please keep posting more stories of your life, I find it pleasing to read in the busy hubbub that is my own and reminds me of when I was a child.

    Your rhapsodies remind me of how I feel about science! Perhaps one day if I ever visit Tasmania I’ll come visit.

    Love and peace,


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