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Harvest Time

May 11, 2012

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Wairarapa Road & Autumnal Foliage

It was rather impromptu. Paprika stumbled upon the information on Saturday and a day later we were on the road. The winding road that leads to Wairarapa. And the main purpose of our visit in this region was grapes picking.

The leaves of the vine had turned into a nice shade of gold, the grass was wet with the morning dew and the air was crisp. Autumn was unmistakable. Located nearby Greytown, the Fantail Grove opened its door a last week-end for table grapes picking.

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Olive grove Wairarapa © 2012 Viviane Perenyi Vineyard Wairarapa © 2012 Viviane Perenyi Grapes Autumn Wairarapa PYO © 2012 Viviane Perenyi Picking Grapes © 2012 Viviane Perenyi Picking Grapes Wairarapa NZ

After filling our bucket with grapes, we chatted with the friendly owner and made a round of the grove where hazelnuts and olives are grown as well. Of course, we left not only with lot of grapes, but aromatic quinces and a bag of hazelnuts all from the grove.

After a late lunch at Saluté, we simply strolled and enjoyed the special atmosphere created by the beautiful autumnal colours. From time to time, we also stopped by small shops and stands along the road and we kept on adding to our lot of produce walnuts and jerusalem artichokes.

Autumn is not over yet, but it feels so rich to me this year...

© 2012 Viviane Perenyi Hazelnuts and Fall Tree © 2012 Viviane Perenyi Autumn Haul © 2012 Viviane Perenyi Sign and Autumnal Foliage

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C'était totalement improvisé. Paprika est tombé sur l'information le samedi et un jour plus tard nous étions sur la route. La route sinueuse qui mène au Wairarapa. Et le but principal de notre visite dans la région était de récolter du raisin !

Les feuilles de la vigne avaient pris une belle teinte dorée, l'herbe était mouillée avec la rosée matinale et l'air était vif. L'automne était incontestablement là. Situé près de Greytown, Fantail Grove avait ouvert ses portes un dernier week-end pour la récolte du raisin.

Après avoir rempli notre seau, nous avons discuté avec la propriétaire et fait le tour du verger, où des noisettes et des olives sont également produites. Bien sûr, nous sommes repartis non seulement avec du raisin, mais aussi des coings parfumés et un paquet de noisettes, tous du verger.

Après un déjeuner tardif à Saluté, nous nous sommes baladés et avons apprécié l'atmosphère toute spéciale créée par les belles couleurs automnales. Nous nous sommes arrêtés de temps à autre aux échoppes et étals le long de la route et nous avons continué d'ajouter à notre butin de produits frais des noix et tompinambours.

L'automne n'est pas encore fini, mais il me semble si riche cette année...


Comments

Vanille, your photos are fantastic as usual. An inspiration to us bloggers. gojiberry

That looks like it was a lot of fun and your account is so poetic. Shannon.Kennedy

Gorgeous clicks! I really love that alley with trees…. Autumn is a season I love. cheers, Rosa Rosa May (@RosasYummyYums)

I love your photos! Thanks for sharing! tomorrowswisdom

Beautiful photos…and such a lovely way to spend the day. Barbara

gorgeous harvest… look forward to seeing what you do with the quince :) athena

Gojiberry, Really glad you enjoy it ! And I’m touched to know it inspires you all ! </br> Shannon, a perfect day out before cooler time comes. Rosa, merci ! Athena, I might slow roast quinces. Have done this a couple of time and like how simple and delicious it is. Tomorrowswisdom, thank you ! Barbara, thank you ;) Happy week-end to you all ! Vanille

What a beautiful way to spend the day, I’m sure those grapes were even more delicious for having picked them yourselves. Sylvie Shirazi (@gourmandeinthek)

Coings, noisettes, raisin, miel… Ici, en France métropolitaine, nous attendons l’été et pourtant ton billet me donne presque envie de passer directement à l’automne… Merci Vanille :) Flo Makanai

Beautiful autumnal photos Vanille. I never thought I’d say this, but I wouldn’t mind a teeny nip of cold every now and again. But only a teeny nip. The grapes look sensational, as do the hazelnuts…can’t wait to see what you do with them. shaz

Such absolutely gorgeous photos, as per usual. Wow, everything looks so fresh! Beautifully done! anne Zen and Genki

Magnifiques photos comme toujours! C’est vrai que ça donnerait presqu’envie de zapper l’été! lol! bises monilemapassion

Just gorgeous ! Anna

Stunning photos again! You are so talented! timeforalittlesomething

What a beautiful and tasty way to spend a day! (Thanks so much for the lovely comment you left at Dearest Nature about my little birds, btw. :)) Ann

This sounds wonderful, I’ve never heard of these people. Now added to must do list :o) Domestic Executive (@domesticexec)

As beautiful as ever, I love your blog! - it’s funny how certain pictures can look exactly as if they were taken in France or England ! I love the way you capture the light and the atmosphere of your surroundings. It has a real homely feel to it, very warming, very real. Hard to explain a feeling with words, but your pictures make me feel at home. Pierre-Loup