Prostokvasha

[10 October, 2008]

Хочешь за окошком Альпы?

Things I have recently missed, or will surely miss in the near future:

1. Apple-picking (at Bishop's Orchards)
2. Apple cider (in abundance)
3. Making spiced apple cider on the stove
4. Making fall-themed dinners of baked chicken and roasted vegetables, harvested in a nearby field
5. Hay rides and corn mazes
6. Oktoberfest in Boston
7. The crisp air and beautiful colors in Central Park
8. The crisp air and beautiful colors
9. The harvesting spirit
10. Fall/Halloween decorations, especially of the natural kind, complete with dried corn, various fall vegetation, and pumpkins

Needless to say, fall in California is just not the same. Or maybe it's the combination of grad school and California that makes this time of year harder to deal with than even winter on the Mediterranean. Here, the sun is still bright and relentless; the trees are green and cheerful. Candy is sold, but the spooky spirit is lacking. The air does not chill my cheeks and I have not yet worn a scarf.

Someone send me a dried yellow/red leaf or two? So I can cuddle with it in bed?

3 sighs or salutations:

ряж(л)енка | 14 October, 2008

I don't think I have your address. Email it?

I have big plans to go leaf-collecting sometime. And then to make these:

http://www.lobzik.pri.ee/modules/news/article.php?storyid=244

(Nitochki russkie! :))

ряж(л)енка | 14 October, 2008

Also, the thing that I'm jealous of is that you have access to a lot more fresh/organic/local produce. I was all excited for fall and local vegetables, but somehow the selection just isn't there. Heirloom tomatoes are still $4 a pound. Ugh. When I come visit, can we go to a farmer's market? :)

daria. | 20 October, 2008

I don't know where you get the idea for "a lot more fresh/local/organic produce" here. I mean, there ARE farmers' markets, and yes, we can go to one (they're not that different from any other farmer's market), but as far as produce in the store, it is as freaking expensive as everything else in California. And I haven't even found a nice orchard nearby (you have to drive about 2 hours to where apples grow), otherwise there's just vineyards here... maybe olive trees somewhere... probably fish, too..

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