Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The race is on.

We should give as we would receive,
cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation;
for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.
                                                     Seneca


It is 5:30 in the morning and my mind is spinning. I have just returned from the city, and now the race is on before I once again will go away. There is so much to be done before the snows come. It is hard to think of snow after having just endured such an unprecedented hot and dry summer, but we have to. If we procrastinate and believe winter is not going to come and we doddle, we will surely be left holding a huge bag of tasks that should have completed.


Last night as the sun began its descent, I checked out our apple trees. It is truly amazing to me that our apple trees did so well, in a record setting severe drought year. The trees here on the farm, are full and their heavily loaded branches touch the ground. If you believe in the old farmer tales, that is a sign of a harsh winter ahead. I have to tell you, I tend to believe those old tales, hence the rush to get ready for our winter.


I am not alone in keeping an eye on those apples. There seems to be “applenappers” in our midst. The problem is huge, especially now that those apples are so very close to being picked. Spartans need a bit more time to get that perfect taste, crunch, and juiciness, or so I have always believed. The other apple trees, of which I have totally forgotten the name, are not ready yet either. I was trying to pick one apple every other day and then bite in. That is the only way I can really tell if they are ready. My Hero told me that the chicken coop has a pile of apples stored in the corner already. He also told me that he noticed an apple stuck in between two logs in our woodshed full of firewood. 


It seems the squirrels and chipmunks know something I do not. Possibly, that you really can pick then store those apples early. My plan is still to wait just a bit longer and hope that there will be some left to pick. 


With my shirt full of apples, I walked past that woodshed, where the apple was supposed to be jammed between two pieces of firewood, it was gone. It may have been eaten, or moved somewhere else, or it was also “applenapped” by some other creature. I tell you, there is some fierce competition going on out there.

Later

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32 comments:

  1. Like all of our other fruit trees, the apples did not make it because of the May frost. The orchards around here have some, back they are half size.

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  2. Brings back wonderful memories of the apple orchard at my parents farm. Yes, lots of work to do ahead of winter.

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  3. Beautiful apples! We've had a good year too. But, between the birds and my dog, (he loves them) we also have some serious competition for them.

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  4. We often only KNEW our fruit was ripe when the birds snaffled it. A good apple is a wonderful thing.
    Good luck in getting ready for winter.

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  5. I guess I waited too long on our pears. We only ended up consuming fewer than a dozen. I suppose the squirrels must have feasted on the rest. Hope you have better luck!

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  6. Will you make applesauce? Apple pie? Apple dumplings? Apple fritters? I'm coming to visit - I'll even help harvest them... PS You said the "w" word!

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  7. The wild apple trees out my way are just LOADED!

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  8. My brothers and I used to make a game of applesnapping when we were younger, then give them all to Granny at apple picking time. Well, the ones we hadn't already eaten.

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  9. Hello Grace girl !
    I have heard that it is going to be a hard winter too because of some other sign (can't remember what the heck it is of course!)
    The smell of apples in the Fall ... there is nothing like it ... I love your wee pictures of them and with the bite taken out of one ... there are so many recipes for apple "anything" that I would be in the front of the line to taste test them for you ? LOL
    Take care and have some fun !
    Joy : )

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  10. No apple growing experience here. we don't grow apples. Your apples look great and for bonus you can tell when they are the best.

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  11. Reminds me to go check the orchard near me for my apple favorites . . .
    Nothing like biting into a freshly picked apple!

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  12. I love apples and eat one every day, more in summer. I use the granny Smiths to make apple pies, or stewed apple and rhubarb, and my favourite eating apple is the Royal Gala.
    It's good that you've got so many this year.

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  13. You have my mouth watering for apples! What a wonderful harvest you will have, even with all of the applesnapping going on.

    Enjoy ~ FlowerLady

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  14. I do love a crunchy fresh apple - yours look just about perfect!

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  15. Hello, the apples look delicious. I had to laugh at the applenappers. Happy Thursday, enjoy your weekend ahead!

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  16. applenapped haha...i have been seeing the trees full of apples around here too!

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  17. Apples make me think of fall in Ontario! Thanks for the wonderful photos. I want an apple now!

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  18. I had a disturbing dream recently of us having a really hard winter - like epic hard in a way we've never had before. Hoping it was just a dream! Your apples look delish.

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  19. applenappers, hehehehe, that's "ripe"!!! i love apples, gala and the honey crisp, the honey crisps we can only get in the fall!!!

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  20. Nice looking apples 🍎🍎🍎

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  21. looks yummy...if the 'bugs' like that fruit...it's perfect!!!

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  22. It's a good thing you have lots of apples, since so many want to 'share' them with you! :) Our apple crop here is not so great - we had a very hard freeze in late spring that did in all the stone fruit tree crops and made an impact on the apples. Enjoy your harvest!

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  23. I guess you have to pick a few every day So many critters and birds love this fruit!

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  24. I do hope you get them picked before all the critters eat them up. Nothing like a good fresh Apple Pie on a fall day to enjoy.

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  25. We have two huge apple orchards near us and it has been busy there as the harvesting has begun . I can smell the orchards in the cool air YUMMY ! Lovely photos .Hope the critters eave you some apples lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  26. What beautiful apples. Our trees are old and were planted by the original owners of this farm. I tracked Mrs. Glass down and she was so excited someone was using them. They are an old old variety and her grandfather gave her and her husband 8 trees when they got married [6 still live]. We have no idea of the name of them but three trees ripen in June [on our side of the fence] and the other remaining 3 on the other farm ripen in July/August.

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  27. The apples are looking lovely ♥

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  28. I came across a squirrel sash when gardening this week and felt bad for disturbing it. I can't want to go apple picking :)

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  29. Your apples sound wonderful and I hope you get them harvested before all the applenappers beat you to it :) I love the Seneca quote too, beautiful!

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  30. Yum. Apples. We finally got our trees planted in the last two years. Our apple tree has yet to produce I have been told next year should do the trick. I hope. Luck would have we are in apple country up the hill. Nice to have but not the same as one's own. I agree 110% about old farmers/wives predictions. Thanks for sharing.

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