Monday, September 15, 2008

Grandparent's Orchard

September always makes me think of picking pears and apples in my grandparent's orchard in Corvallis. They lived in this beautiful 1800's home on a tree lined driveway. My Granddad was a master gardener and his place seemed beautiful year round. In my teen years when I'd sense that first bit of fall crispness in the air I'd usually make my way over to their place immediately, checking to see if the fruit was ready to pick, because I loved to go home and dry it! Have you had freshly dried pears?! Amazing! Grandma always had yummy dried fruit on her dining room table when we'd come to visit and I loved that. I aspired to be "homey" like her. :)
My Granddad passed away in May, and this September I've found myself thinking about him a lot. I miss his charming smile and laugh, and I miss his good strong hugs whenever I'd say goodbye.
This past weekend I got to go out to my grandparent's place and take some family photos for some dear friends I've known for many years. (I'll have their beautiful family shots to post here soon). While we were there I asked my friend to snap a photo of my family there in the orchard too so that I'd have a sweet keepsake to remind me of my memories there with Granddad and Grandma. (p.s. errrr, rather, she took a gazillion photos to try to get Jude to look at the camera w/ out talking or begging for a lollipop... as we all know, photographing a two year old is no small task! Thanks Heather!) :)

8 comments:

Janine the Bean said...

Oh, dried pears! We just made our first batch. And ate them in the space of a couple days. With the next batches I'm putting my foot down so we can have some saved up for the winter.

I miss my Grandma too. She passed away about a year and a half ago now. She had pear and apple trees and my memories are of her canned pears and applesauce. I'm trying to follow in her footsteps the best that I can (though they're big shoes to fill).

Sweet picture by the way.

Chelsi Ritter said...

what a wonderful idea, bethany! i might have to copycat you and take a family picture out there sometime. there's something magical about the farmhouse. i've been thinking about granddad lately, too.

laura said...

What sweet memories!!! Dried fruit makes me think of my grandma too! I've been trying to do some lately too. I just LOVE fall, and all the smells, feelings, and memories that go along with it!
And as always, love the family picture!!!

BruceandBarbara said...

What a cute family!

Jane ::: Ethni Photography said...

I love it. Love the photo. Love the story. It seems like a number of people are losing loved ones from that generation. So much of me would like to rewind time and live there for awhile. I'm glad you got to shoot there!

Bakker Bunch said...

Your welcome, and thank YOU!!!! Your picture turned out soooo cute!!! We can't wait to see ours! :) Love ya!!

Erica said...

I love this picture! So sweet! We were up in Oregon earlier this month and visited Davids Grandparents apple orchard, I miss that part of the NW. :(

You babes are getting so big!

Marlies said...

I have to say that your grandad's house was a beautiful place. I can only remember being there once or twice, but it was lovely. I'm sorry to hear that he is gone now. I think you will treasure those pictures more than you know.