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A Good Year for Apples and Pears

driad

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I thought that I would try to pick some more apples this morning , when I got back from helping prepare the War Memorial for Remembrance Day . ( The man that I help had done most of it , I was a little tardy as usual .)
So I was feeling quite energetic .
OH has been up and picked lots of them , but I worry when he’s up that ladder , so I have asked him to leave the rest to me . I have a not particularly efficient fishing net , with an extra bamboo stick attached with thick packing tape . ( Heath-Robinson look out !)
To war ! There are three trees , I managed a few off the first , but several fell first and were severely bruised . Better luck with the next one , all finished there ( lovely “eaters” those ) and the “cookers”, the last one , is so big and old that we will have to wait for them to fall .
Two pear trees , one with very big fruit this year , and the other has small hard ones . I managed most of the ones off the first (sample pictured) and left the others for another day . ( Note to diary …. a crash helmet would come in handy next year.)

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What a picture you conjure up,Driad ! lol..I can just see you with your trusty net :o) You are going to be busy with all that fruit,aren't you? That should keep you busy for a while :o)

15 Oct, 2014

 

Well done, but would have also liked a pic of the fishing net, bamboo stick and tape !

15 Oct, 2014

 

And one of you using it!

15 Oct, 2014

 

Yes, Stera ... exactly.. action shot ... ;o)

15 Oct, 2014

amy
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We've been doing the same this week Julia but didn't think of doing anything so constructive as you , thats an idea for next year we've picked all the Coxes / Russets put them away to store and the windfall Bramleys are cooked & frozen the good ones are beginning to fall off so maybe there's still time to try your method ;o) your pears are beautiful large ones we only have one tree and that had little hard pears ...

15 Oct, 2014

 

It was apples and plums here that were loaded, 2 batches of spiced apple chutney and one of plum and apple used some, many went next door and in their apple press......mostly for cider but the fresh pressed juice was a taste to behold!

16 Oct, 2014

 

Hi ,Bloomer ,Terra and Stera , I'll see if OH will record me for posterity in apple-picking mode with said ( not so wondrous) tool .
We never have much luck storing the crop , in fact haven't tried for years . We have tried them in knotted tights hung up , wrapped in newspaper in boxes in an airy attic , but it's just the birds that benefit in Jan and Feb . They are probably not the keeping kind . Friends usually cop most of the crop and create marvellous goodies out of them .
I usually make puree to freeze , chutney and jelly , ( none of any as yet !) I put windfalls outside the gate for anyone who wants to help themselves .
It sounds as if you have had a good crop , Pamg , and been industrious ; just beware of the lovely cider that is bound to come your way .
You know that it shouldn't be drunk until the first cuckoo is heard next spring ?
We would have had a long wait , never heard one this year !

16 Oct, 2014

 

my mouth is watering just reading this! Congratulation! I'm just happy with a hot apple pie!

16 Oct, 2014

 

I await a photo with anticipation,Driad ! Lol

16 Oct, 2014

 

Is it that long Driad?
I thought it would be ready fof christmas.......

17 Oct, 2014

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