After gathering three bags (or half pecks) of apples from our Peacefield Orchards apple-picking adventure, we headed to the town of Julian for a snack. And snack we did – on cider donuts, coffee and a mega Diet Coke (mine) from Julian Pie Company.
Allow me to digress for a minute about Julian Pie Company.The last time we visited this historic Julian bake shop was November 19, 2007. To those of you who know where I’m going with this, yes, that was 10 days after Sophie was born. The young and weary parents that we were decided to venture out of the house to Julian to pick up some pies for Thanksgiving that Thursday. We were still in the throws of the first few weeks of parenthood. I remember so distinctly the feeling of not knowing the day or time; life was defined simply by periods of light and dark. So the day we ventured to Julian, we left the house when we “woke up” for the day, which was early afternoon. As such, we couldn’t understand why, when we arrived at Julian Pie Company, they sold out of all their cider donuts. Needless to say, it was 4 o’clock in the afternoon. We didn’t even walk down the street when Sophie started crying and the dogs were a bit too hyper (probably in shock they were actually out of the house). So I feasted on a slice of apple caramel pie while nursing Sophie in the car.
So back to our present-day Julian trip. After our snack, we perused the Old Julian Bookshop (where I found an awesome antique children’s book) and checked out thousands of antiques at Wynola Collectibles. Then we stopped down the road at Mom’s Pies House to take more photos in their gorgeous landscape. There was a corn field and pumpkin patch, surrounded by sunflowers. It was a beautiful way to end our day.