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Fall is just over a month old, but with the fairly pleasant weather, and all the tasks with which I have been engaged, I had not really noticed until this week when we had our first fog and cooler temperatures.

October wine vines in fog.

October wine vines in fog.

Fall also means the harvest.

Traditional Hungarian dancing at a harvest festival.

Traditional Hungarian dancing at a harvest festival.

The wine harvest was actually pretty good this year. Despite experiencing one of the worst summer droughts I have ever experienced in Hungary.

Italian Riesling grape bunch, Fall 2012.

Italian Riesling grape bunch, Fall 2012.

But wine is not the only harvest. This is now also the season for the apple and plum harvest. Fruit not eaten are crushed and distilled into Pálinka (a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy). Apples juice can also be made into hard cider (although cider is more a Northern European tradition than a Hungarian one).

Apple crusher.

Apple crusher.

Beware of the blades in an apple crusher, as they are sharp and designed to shred the apples and any fingers that get near to them.

Beware of the blades in an apple crusher, as they are sharp and designed to shred the apples, and any fingers that get near to them.

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