Apple Day at Forty Hall Farm

3rd October 2016
Apple Day at Forty Hall Farm Orchard


The only photos of the girls I took last week were on Sunday at Apple Day. The school days, increasing darkness and us all feeling under the weather are narrowing photo opportunities.

Sunday was good though (let’s gloss over it being our wedding anniversary and poor Andy being at home with tonsilitus). The Orchard at Forty Hall Farm is run by volunteers and every autumn they stage an Apple Day to celebrate the harvest. We went to one a few years ago and was pleased to see how much it had grown and the variety of things to see and do.

We got there at 12pm and started with lunch. The girls and I shared a veggie burger and beetroot fritters from the Hey Dhal food truck whilst we watched Uncle Tacko’s Flea Circus. Imogen got a bit twitchy towards the end so we headed off to wander.

The girls bobbed for apples – Seren managed to get hers legitimately, Imogen picked hers up in the end.

I took part in the apple peeling contest, the idea being to get the longest length of peel. I managed a paltry 30cm, compared to the winner whose was 172cm, wow.

Seren tried the apple pressing, Imogen tried to help her but ended up touching all the bits she wasn’t supposed to and getting black, oily hands. Seren insisted on buying a bag of apples too, because the ones we ate through bobbing and peeling, were not enough. There was juice and cider for sale too.

We watched the Morris Dancers but missed the Punch & Judy show. I was really keen for the girls to try some of the crafts but Seren wasn’t massively keen and was quite grumpy about it and Imogen didn’t want to sit down and when I tried to finish her apple cutting thing for her, she took it as an opportunity to eat the strong glue. It’s a woodcutting in the shape of an apple with a metal shape stuck on and she then spent the next 30 minutes upset that she couldn’t wear it as a necklace as I had cut the string too short. Probably because I was more worried about her eating the glue. One day, my kids will sit at these things and do the crafts (so I can to!).

Imogen was pretty tired by this point but cheered up seeing the animals. Both the fictitious Enfield Beast that she loved to cuddle (who squirted me with water, the little monster) and the real life sheep, goats, pigs and Wallace the Shire horse.

Then there was a lot of balancing on low walls, swing boat fun, climbing on the timber trail and jumping in puddles. And some serious squash admiring for mama.

We bumped into a heap of friends too and the sun shined. A lovely autumnal Sunday afternoon.

Living Arrows

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  • Reply Wave to Mummy 3rd October 2016 at 1:28 pm

    We had loads of fun when we attended this last year. It slipped by me this year though, shame to have missed it. Last year I came second in the apple peeling contest btw, I did surprisingly well 🙂

    • Reply Sian 5th October 2016 at 10:39 am

      Oh wow – that is impressive! You will have to give me a lesson before next year!

  • Reply Madeline (This Glorious Life) 3rd October 2016 at 7:14 pm

    That looks like such a lovely event! And one day your girls will sit still enough to do crafts! My son never sat still when he was younger but will happily sit and make things with me now. And I can’t believe that someone managed to get a piece of apple peel that long, I’m so impressed, haha! x #LivingArrows
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    • Reply Sian 24th October 2016 at 7:51 am

      Good to hear that there is hope with the crafting!

  • Reply Emma T 3rd October 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Oh it looks like a lovely day out. I must look out for one round here, but I think they tend to just be pressing and that’s it.

    • Reply Sian 5th October 2016 at 10:45 am

      Pressing was really cool!

  • Reply Sarah 5th October 2016 at 12:02 pm

    It looks like you had a great day out – I’ve never heard of anything like this before. You got some lovely pictures too – even if the girls were feeling a little grumpy at times! #LivingArrows
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    • Reply Sian 24th October 2016 at 7:51 am

      I think the notion of ‘Apple Day’ is a relatively new day but I’m all for celebrating the seasons.

  • Reply Debbie 6th October 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Sian, what a lovely family day out (even if your other half was at home with tonsillitis!). The Apple Day looked like plenty of fun and I seriously would have liked to watch the flea circus myself (do they use real fleas?). Your girls look like they are having a fab time and anything that encourages children to eat more fruit or veg has to be a good thing!

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    • Reply Sian 24th October 2016 at 7:53 am

      I’m pretty sure there are no actual fleas involved – it’s trickery and our imagination!

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