The 25th Annual Norquist Family Cider Bee was held Sunday, Oct 30th, at my nephew Ben's home in Winlock,WA.
My brother Hank comes from Idaho now, but still brings the 1000 pound orchard tote full of apples. My nephews bring the cider presses. We all bring ourselves and food, of course.
The forecast was for lots of rain, so Ben was prepared and we worked and ate and talked under cover, but most of the time it did not rain. We felt blessed by the weather gods or the other powers that be.
We were underway by 10:30, bundled up in our various sweatshirts and layers.
Troy was the apple getter.Apple choppers, Sister Laurie and two of her granddaughters, Heidi and Hannah. And me.
Heidi, Hannah and their mom Katie.
The cranking crew. That's brother Hank second from the left, host Ben on the right.
The Reeder gang met up around the coffee and doughnuts. It was great to have us all together.
Everybody gets into the action. My cousin Kathleen and her partner are in there somewhere.
And then we eat - some more.
And of course there is cider to take home, to drink, to freeze, to distil.
It was another very successful Family Fun gathering full of cousins and aunts and uncles and siblings and grandparents and parents over three generations.