In this “He Said, She Said” post, we share our quite evening spent picking apples in cozy sweaters (both under $30!) at Simmons Farm outside of Pittsburgh.
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This day meant more to me than I knew at the time. Sandwiched in between what would be two trying situations for my family, these few hours were the first time in awhile I felt like I was wrapped up in serenity.
Normally, we go to pick pumpkins each fall, but I’m really sick of “picking” pumpkins out of a pile of them that have been dumped into a field and I miss the days when you could choose from ones on the vine. So, this year, we opted for apple picking at Simmons Farm instead. The farm is at the top of a hill so from the orchard, there are so many scenic views. We went around 5 pm on a Wednesday, so there were only a few other people there. It was delightful to be able to take our time and enjoy the quiet – something we don’t do quite enough of.
Maybe it was being away from the city (Simmons farm is out in McMurray, about 40 minutes without traffic from downtown Pittsburgh), or all the effort I’ve been putting into leaning into comfort and not stressing all the time, or perhaps it was the endearment I feel towards this cozy car coat, but it was such a comforting day.
Even though it was a warm day, it’s been getting really chilly here at night as the sun starts to set, which made the ideal setting for this piece. They call it a coat, but I’d say it’s more like a cross between a sweater and a jacket – soft and lightweight, but with more structure than a regular knit. Since it’s made to be worn open, it’s not restricting like a traditional coat, which came in handy when standing on wobbly ladders, stretching my arms out for apples that were slightly out of my reach. It’s truly perfect as we’re still in that summer to fall transition period (which I don’t mind, I’ll take the warm weather for as long as it would like to stick around!). And, it’s only $28 – WHAT?! Comfortable price points are the best, aren’t they?
Let it be known that I strongly dislike the city. I was raised in a house that sat alone on a hill, free from neighbors and noise and traffic. Sure, it used to be fun to visit the city from time to time or go to concerts downtown while I was living there. However, fast forward to now: I live in the city (at least close enough for me to consider it the city), and it tests my patience on a daily basis.
Needless to say, any chance we get to escape the city and enjoy some peace and quiet, I’ll take. I had never been to Simmons Farm before this adventure, so I didn’t really have any expectations. As soon as we reached the top of the hill and I saw the view, I knew that even if I had high expectations they would’ve been surpassed. From the endless miles of nature in sight, to the lake just over the hill, to the beautiful house that sat picturesquely on the property, to the way the sunset made the farm glow; I knew this was going to be a pleasant experience (and also a terrific place to take some gorgeous photos!).
As Allyn mentioned, the temperature has been cooling down significantly at night (and apparently also during the day now -__-), so we chose to dress warm, yet comfortable. I can be extremely picky when it comes to sweaters, because they have a tendency to make me feel restricted and/or itchy. I hit some sort of jackpot with this sweater from Target, however, because it was one of the most comfortable pieces of clothing I’ve ever worn on my upper body that wasn’t a large jacket or hoodie. It kept my body at a perfect temperature and allowed me to retain all of the mobility required to climb tiny (often questionable) ladders and reach for that perfect apple (which always seemed to make me lean uncomfortably far to obtain).
All in all, I considered this adventure a success on all fronts, and I’m looking forward to visiting Simmons Farm again next year.