We traveled up to Vermont to take a class on Hard Cider making. It was an introductory class given by Jason of WhetstoneCiderworks. It was most enjoyable! We tasted different varieties of handcrafted cider as well and learned about the wide variety that can be created. Scott Orchard is a beautiful farm on hundreds of acres that has many varieties of heirloom apples with names like Yarlington Mill, Kingston Black and Hudson's Golden Gem. We came home with cider, hard cider and heirloom apples for ourselves and gifts. The scent of apples brought me back to Poverty Lane Orchard where I worked long ago as a young woman who carried a fiddle and stomped through the halls of contradances. It is amazing what the brush of scent can do to your memory...to your imagination. In a moment you are 20 again. You can see through the trees weighed down by apples. You remember the tractor hauling wooden boxes piled high...riding on the back holding those boxes down while you sent up hope that the trailer wouldn't tumble that day! A picture of the old cider press and the bees buzzing and the early morning pressings. Mostly you remember the feeling of a whole life before you. Now that I've reached 30 years past...I can say that many of those dreams have come true. I can't ask for more than that can I?