Bilpin Spring Orchards

As we experienced first hand, apparently, once we've had a taste of our own homegrown, handpicked apples, it's terribly hard to go back to the store bought variety. But our little tree brought us all of 8 apples this year which just left us wanting more. So on the weekend, we drove up to the mountains to Bilpin Spring Orchards to pick a whole basketful of apples and pears.
The last time we visited this orchard, I was pregnant with Alexander, so it was particularly nice to go back again, this time with him as a little boy eager to pick, pick, pick!
Alexander managed to fill our basket with apples in just 15 minutes. We weren't really planning on getting that many apples but neither Stu nor I had the heart to stop him all that time. We finally pulled him away from the apple trees and headed to the pear trees. I had my heart set on picking some nashi pears. I recall from our last trip just how deliciously fragrant they were, and how they paired beautifully with cheese.

Nashi pears were at the end of the season but we did manage to get our hands on ten of these big round juicy Asian pears. Then Alexander spotted these green Yali pears and there was no stopping him again...
And that, my friends, is the story of how we ended up with 13 kilograms of apples and pears! As you can guess, I've been baking up a storm and will be sharing some recipes with you shortly.

13 Responses to Bilpin Spring Orchards

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

It's really cute how Alexander was so enthusiastic about picking apples and pears. I'm sure you'll find some delicious ways to use them all up :)

rooth said...

I foresee a lot of apple sauce in your future :)

Anouk said...

Such a nice day out! I can't wait to see your patisserie creations.

Sharon D said...

Lol...I can imagine how hard it must be to stop him - Alexander is so cute! Looking forward to reading the baking posts! ;D

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

13kg oh wow that's a lot of apple pie!

Lady of the Manor said...

{{Chuckle}}. When I taught, we'd head to the orchard each Fall for a field trip. It was Alexander times 20!! LOL!! We tried to limit each to a small plastic grocery bagful but the orchard manager would sometimes have a big bin available for the 'extra' apples that accidentally got picked. My mom grew our apples so our own kids helped her pick. It's a fun autumn activity and there's nothing like fresh apple pie and applesauce. Loved your pictures!

kidgranny said...

So neat that little A gets first hand experience to see how things grow and see the fruits of the labor too! Will we be seeing an apple tart in the upcoming post? :)

Rose said...

Good exposure and experience for Alexander.

Lenya said...

Such a lovely experience for the little one. Beautiful pics.
xox
Lenya
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Midnight Cowgirl said...

Oh, how fun! I love going apple picking :)

akiko hiramatsu said...

Such a lovely post!
The back of Alexander is so cute:)

akiko

burntfeather said...

That's so delighful and funny all in one!! I remember going strawberry picking with my little bro and thinking how it would be a nice drawn out experience but yup, was over very quickly :P