Monday, 7 October 2013


It's been something of a grandchild weekend, great fun and a great blessing.  After Emily on Saturday, the two grandsons were with us yesterday afternoon.  I enlisted their help to climb the fruit trees and pick the apples and pears.  Unfortunately, the apple tree gave way with Max (6) up the ladder and Ben (10) climbing one of the branches.  Luckily, neither of them was hurt.  We were now able to pick all the larger apples - which were, of course, at the top of the tree.  My son heaved the tree upright and I propped it up with the ladder.  What is needed is a good pruning on the side that is over-heavy and then it should survive.  After the apples, the pears - with no more alarums and excursions, thank goodness.

It is good to have slaves to help in the garden!

That's it while I pop across to France to top up.

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