|It's a pretty little station that's appeared in Midsomer Murders several times|
We jumped on the train and trundled off down the line (for 3 or 4 miles) while a guide pointed out interesting apple facts. The railway runs along the bottom of the Chilterns where the chalk escarpment meets the clay of the Aylesbury Vale. This unique geology provides soil that the fruit trees thrive in, making the railway line apple trees particularly bountiful. Although this year all of the apples are about four weeks behind where they should be at this time of year because of the bad summer we've had.
|This tree grew from an apple core thrown out of the train window|
Several of the trees from the display of apples were pointed out, including an apple that looks like a lemon but tastes like an apple, and an apple that looks like an apple but tastes like a lemon!
|Down the line - looks like a lemon and gets its name because the tree is |
'down the line'
|Thame Junction - the tree is at the point that the train returns for home and |
the apple tastes like a lemon
|Quince tree - the train stops here so somebody can hop out and open the gates|
for the train to go through. Then the gates are closed and the person jumps back on
|Quince - too woody to eat raw, but it can be cooked down to make jam|
|Chinnor Hill and The Plain|
|Red Kite in a field next to the train|
|Lots of apples waiting to be juiced|
|The apples are chopped, the milled and put into the press|
|A small, excited child turns the handle on the press|
|Out comes the juice|
|It cored, peeled and sliced the apple|
|A spiral of apple|
|Very long peel|
We had a lovely time and headed home with plenty of apple pie and juice to enjoy.