Last week someone asked me what season it was and I had to stop and think.
There is no visible autumn in the Gold Coast, Queensland.
In our ‘home state’ of Victoria, the trees would have recently been at their most beautiful golden, red and orange best and I would have been keeping warm on chilly mornings raking up piles of fallen leaves ready for the compost pile. But here, in Queensland, there are no glorious autumn-toned trees. Everything in the garden is much the same as always in appearance. And I guess there’s nothing wrong with that. At least it’s reliable!
I have just received an email from one of my sisters in Victoria telling me about the delicious new season’s apples she is picking off her three apple trees. I feel more than a twinge of envy! We had two apple trees in Victoria: the Golden Delicious one produced apples that were beyond DELICIOUS. Picked and eaten, straight from the tree, Golden Delicious apples are wonders of juicy, flavoursome delight! AND I MISS THEM.
Our other apple tree was a Jonathan variety: a smaller apple – and mostly red - but nearly as yummy, especially when eaten freshly picked.
We are told that Queensland has an apple growing area and I intend to find it!
In Victoria, as well as our home grown variety, we used to buy Fuji apples direct from the orchard, only a 30 minutes’ drive away. Oh, bliss – to bite into a cool fresh Fuji…swoon!
I have shopped here in local fruit markets. I have shopped in nearby supermarkets in our area. And I have bought apples of several different varieties – some of which were labelled as ‘new season’s’… but heck, what a disappointment they have all been.
So, off to search Google about the Gold Coast’s apple growing areas. And then to set the GPS to drive to an orchard in a desperate search for fresh, truly new season’s, autumn-ripening apples.
By the way, the word ‘autumn’, as in all names of seasons, does not need a capital letter. I know I’m being pedantic, but….(and I quote):
Seasons, such as winter, spring, summer and autumn (fall), do not require capitalization because they are generic nouns. Some people may confuse these words as being proper nouns and try to capitalize them using that rule of capitalization.
Capitalization of Seasons - English Grammar Rules & Usage
Off on an apple search…
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