The Case of the Disappearing Apples
Well there’s been a glut of apples everywhere this year. First we had a hot April that encouraged all the pollinating insects out when the apple blossom was just waiting for them. And then it rained and rained and rained so the trees got all the moisture they needed to form loads of fruit and the June drop was minimal. So come September and October, my two old apple trees (which were here when I moved in 23 years ago) were loaded with fruit. Even allowing for the birds getting in first and the ones that rotted on the tree, I had so many I couldn’t give them away.
So I started putting them on the table on the patio, under hte shade of a pergola, thinking they’d stay there untli I could plough my way through them. Yesterday I was down to the last couple of dozen but this morning, I was surprised to find only six left. Surely the kids next door hadn’t been scrumping? And then I saw the culprit. The local neighbourhood squirrel. Down the lawn, round the pond, up the pergola, jump over to the chair and climb onto the table, teeth around the apple stalk, jump off the table and off over the fence into next door. Ten minutes later and he (or she) was back for another one and then another until they had all been carried off. Now, either word had got round or squirrels have senior moments because he/she came back twice more and looked most put out there were none left.
I know squirrels but can be destructive pests but it was such fun watching him/her scurrying off with the last of the apples and wondering if he/she would remember where they had been put by next month.
- 20 Nov, 2007
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