Although Mainline rebuilt a couple of years ago from the original smaller building, it still smells like their old-fashioned shop, a homey type of smell, not like the sterile, perfect supermarkets that we usually shop at. They have great weekly bargains and a few little oddities like peewee eggs. (They're so cute; ya hardly want to eat them.)
Today I went in for the local newspaper and milk for my tea. As I walked through the door, my olfactory senses were hit by the scent of fresh apples. It's a little early in Nova Scotia for most apples, but they had some Ida Reds and a variety I'd never heard of before called Sunshines.
"They're good" said the produce manager. "Do you want to try one?" whereupon he picked one up, shined it up real nice on his clean shirt and handed it to me. Delicious! A tiny little apple with a soft skin and a juicy 'n' delicate sweetness. (I bought half a dozen of each.)
And for the first time this year, I smiled as I thought about Autumn and what it brings: cooler weather, longer walks, colorful leaves, jackets and sneakers; Canadian Thanksgiving, my birthday, Halloween, and crisps 'n' cobblers 'n' soups 'n' hot biscuits 'n' cocoa with marshmallows and ....... APPLES!
- What's your favorite kind of apple?
- And what's your favorite thing about Autumn?