Old heirloom apple trees are growing all through the state forest land around us. We were fortunate enough to have a few on our property. They were really old though, and most of them have rotted and fallen over through out the years we have lived here. One was left in our back yard. Originally there were two others right near it. We lost the two of them around 2005 or so. The funny thing is that they were loaded with apples and then one day, apples and all, they are on the ground. Sad to see.
This tree has given us a lot of apples. Just this year, my husband was gathering apples from this tree and the one along the front of the paddock. That one is not an old one, but came up on its own a few years ago. Last night we had some strong wind. We have it pretty often around here, nothing unusual. This morning when my husband went out to do the chores, he called me and said to look out in the backyard. I thought there was a bear out there. Nope, our little apple tree had fallen over. Not all of it, but the part that still had nice green leaves on it. And apples! Lots of apples! Even on the parts that looked dead and had no leaves, still had apples. We were planning on taking the dead side down soon anyway. But not the whole tree!
Now we have decided to just take the whole thing down. The trunk was badly rotted inside. The cherry tree next to it will be coming down soon (like within this next month), as the roots are growing underneath our house. We want that area behind the house to add on to the house, so that has to come down anyway. Now the little apple tree will be gone too. It will open up our backyard a lot and there is a lot of things we are planning for it. This will make it much easier. But I will sure miss that tree. As soon as we were out there looking at it, a woodpecker came right close to us onto the tree. He wasn’t too happy about losing it either.
Copyright © 2015 Kathleen G. Lupole
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