Home cooking & baking Orchard County

As many of you already know I live in County Armagh which due to it’s acres of orchards is also known as the Orchard County. It’s the apple harvest at the moment and by all accounts it’s a good one this year with a large crop of apples.

Many of the local churches hold their Harvest Festivals at this time of year and of course in this area apples form many of the displays!

The photo above was taken outside my local fruit and veg shop at the weekend, all the apples for sale are grown locally.

We brought these home with us and this box of apples ( there’s two missing, we couldn’t wait ) cost £1.50, not bad when you consider how many you get. Now they’re not all the same shape and size like the perfectly formed ones you get in the big supermarkets but unlike the supermarket models they do have the most wonderful taste !

It’s not just eating apples either there’s cooking apples aplenty. These lovely Bramley apples became……….

……….this apple tart which went down nicely with custard after lunch yesterday!! 🙂

One of my favourite things as I think I’ve mentioned before in a previous post are toffee apples, I just adore them. I do eat more than one a week (that’s all I’m admitting to anyway) ! Well they do say ” an apple a day keeps the doctor away “, it doesn’t say they can’t be covered in toffee!!! 😉

All these apples have inspired me to knit some as well !

Now in celebration of the apple harvest I thought I would have a little giveaway so I made an ‘apple colours’ inspired corsage! When out shopping at the weekend I bought this little candle which has the scent of Caramel Apples (oh yum!). So if you would like the corsage and candle all you have to do is leave a comment on this post!
As you know I always like to personally answer all your comments but as this is a giveaway post I’m going to thank you in advance so I don’t mess up the numbers. The fact that you take the time to stop by here, read my ramblings and then leave a comment is sooooo appreciated, so thank you !!!
The giveaway closes on Thursday 14th October at midnight (British Summer Time, which is coming to an end, sniff !)
I’ll be back on Friday with the name of the winner.

In the meantime from a very sunny and warm Orchard County have a good week ! 🙂

………………………………..Thank you, the giveaway is now closed!………………………………

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marigold jam October 11, 2010 - 11:28 am

Lovely appley post – Somerset where I live is also apple country but you can never have too many can you! Love your knitting and your apple pie looks very professional – wish I could cook like that!


PS count me out of the draw as I am not a lover of scented candles and have made many corsages although none as lovely as yours!

jill October 11, 2010 - 11:53 am

Love your little knitted apple pattern – did you make it up yourself?

A toffee apple might well keep the doctor away, but I’m not so sure about the dentist!!!

Now I’ve seen a pic of your Apple Pie, I’m now craving some myself, smothered in lashings of hot, sweet custard.

How generous of you to offer one of your beautiful corsages as a giveaway in celebration of the Apple Harvest. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.


Helen Philipps October 11, 2010 - 12:01 pm

Such a gorgeous apple post! I love all the different apple-things you have chosen, and I do love the apple corsage (and scented candles) so please put me in the giveaway!
You are so lucky to have apple orchards nearby – don’t the boxes and boxes of fruits look wonderful pictured together? And the pie..with pastry apples on top…gorgeous!
Helen x

melanie October 11, 2010 - 12:21 pm

Oh wow, those apples look scrummy, or should I say, scrumpy, lol 🙂 I love your apple tart you made, those pastry apples you placed on top are wonderful, and I am in love with your knitted apples 🙂
I would love to be entered into your give away, your corsage is gorgeous and will go wonderfully with my autumn outfits, and the description of the candle already has me drooling, lol 🙂 xxxxx

Emma Angel October 11, 2010 - 1:37 pm

You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.
I love your apple knitting it’s fabulous!

corry en Heleen October 11, 2010 - 3:14 pm

How lovely your post is! The apples look so georgeous and yummie and the pictures make me feel like I’m walking there.

Jane October 11, 2010 - 3:44 pm

Oh wow Vivienne, what a glorious apple post, I can almost smell them. There is nothing like fresh picked and eaten apples.

I do so much enjoy all the props you use in your photos, apple material,apple knitting etc etc and as for the apples on the pastry…totally fab!
We are still enjoying the sunshine too, long may it last.

Have a great week,

Jane x

Jane October 11, 2010 - 4:29 pm

What lovely apply photos-and the corsage is amazing.How I admire you talented crafty people!


nina - tabiboo October 11, 2010 - 5:05 pm

Mmmmmm toffee apples – they remind me of bonfire night….not long now though I may treat myself sooner.

I love the look of your apple tart too.

Nina xxx

Gina October 11, 2010 - 5:24 pm

I’m not sure I can resist such a lovely giveaway. Your apple tart looks scrumptious.

Ann October 11, 2010 - 5:55 pm

It’s been apple harvest time here in New England since the end of August and I don’t ever tire of it!! There is nothing like a fresh crispy apple bursting with deliciousness to crunch on or the smell of apple pie or crisp bubbling away in the oven…MMMMM! Fall is such a lovely time of year – too bad it’s so short! 🙂

LOVE the knitted apples, too! Enjoy the season! XXOO

Mia October 11, 2010 - 7:40 pm

Oh how lovely post! Count me in, please, Viv! I may have one of your beautiful corsages already but one can never have too many 🙂

And Jill already asked about the apple pattern, did you create that or is it from a book? Seems perfect way to use those yarns left from other projects. Let’s talk about this later again – good luck everyone with giveaway!


Liz in Missouri, USA October 11, 2010 - 10:05 pm

It’s apple time in the US Midwest, too. Isn’t it just wonderful to wander the various Harvest Festivals, to smell the good scents and sample all the flavors. My favorite time of year. I love how the trees put out one last “Hurray” before going to sleep for the winter – kind of like a seasonal sunset – don’t you think?
Anxious to see what the little knitted apples are going to become – besides charming, that is. Thank you for sharing with us.

Karen Payne October 11, 2010 - 10:44 pm

That pie looks gorgeous, Vivienne. Please count me in your giveaway – I would love another of your lovely corsages and that candle sounds delicious. Karen X

Pipany October 12, 2010 - 7:34 am

Hello and thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment. The appley theme here is gorgeous and I love your knitting. Such pretty colours. off for a look through some past posts now x

Birgitte October 12, 2010 - 9:51 am

I love the apple tart. Too bad I can’t taste and smell it.
Is there a pattern of the lovely corsage. Just in case I don’t win it?

Tina October 12, 2010 - 5:52 pm

Oooh – I can smell the apples just by looking at these lovely pics, and that apple tart looks YUMMY! Send some over please, I think the cold would disappear if you did… 😀

Amanda October 12, 2010 - 8:15 pm

I love your apple knit!!! That apple tart looks like it could win a contest!

Penny Peberdy October 12, 2010 - 8:56 pm

Love your corsages and would be ultra happy to win one! Love your apple knitting too… is it your pattern or can I buy it somewhere?

Mrs Bun October 12, 2010 - 9:38 pm

Before I got to the delights of your giveaway I was completely impressed by the beauty of your apple pie Vivienne. How I wish you could come here and show me how to turn out such creations, my pastry is a disaster. Lovely post. We’re looking forward to the Apple Day celebrations here on 21st October after having harvested all the apples from my folks trees at the weekend.


jenny slade October 13, 2010 - 2:05 pm

Hi there, just found your blog from dutch sisters, love your corsage and the knitting apples ( I love Orla Kiely) do you do a lot of designing- will have a good traipse around your site! jennyx

simone October 13, 2010 - 5:02 pm

Ooohhhh please enter me into the wonderful giveaway! I love apples and your apple tart looks beautiful with its little pastry apples on top. I really fancy a toffee apple now too after seeing one here! x

val October 13, 2010 - 9:51 pm

Hi Vivienne, what a lovely post and such a generous offer to give away one of your fabulous corsage :0) I would really love to win, but I guess that is the hope of everyone who sends a comment!
Did you have a cutter to make the pastry apples for your pie? It looks so good.
Have a lovely Thursday, from Bella and me!
Val xx

christina October 14, 2010 - 6:49 pm

what a beautiful apple post and lovely corsage!

Denise October 14, 2010 - 9:18 pm

I grew up near apple country in Northeast, US, western NY state. The Hilton Applefest made the world’s largest apple pie.

I live in the desert now and so miss the festivals back home.

You have a lovely blog.

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