Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings: Personal observations on a wide variety of subjects. Photographs of creatures and things that are taken on seeing the unusual as well as everyday things.

Harvest festival

As the starlings seem quite taken with our hard fruits this year we made the decision to begin gathering in the harvest early. Over the weekend we started by collecting all of the Bramley apples on the lower branches - aided with a fishing net! This is not the sort of net that you see deep sea fishermen using when it extends wide and vast - ours is more humble. Our little fishing net is just a bit larger than those that young children paddle up and down streams and brooks with hoping to catch sticklebacks and minnows. Our net was a special purchase (a just in case necessity) required to scoop out any fish that appears to be unwell to allow treatment before gently lowering them back into their shoal in the pond.

This wonderful, simple piece of equipment allows us to tickle the large apples and gently rock them forwards and backwards and eventually catch them so that they do not fall to the ground and bruise. It is a long job - and entailed separating the apples that had been attacked by the birds and insects and sometimes both, from those that hopefully can be placed in newspaper and stored for a while.

We started placing the undamaged apples onto a table - allowing the breeze to blow around them. After a short while - the cat leisurely strolled over to see what we were doing and took up a guard position immediately below the table. In the days that have followed she has spent much of her time either underneath the table or lying alongside the apples as we have slowly picked the crop. We have only the upper boughs remaining now. Why do all of the larger apples seem to be growing on the boughs out of reach?

10 comments:

NathanKP said...

Probably the apples at the top of the tree are larger because they get more sun.

Very nice photos.

NathanKP - Imagination Manifesto

Shinade said...

Why are they at the top? I don't know maybe Murphy's Law?

I saw the picture of the fox also. Now I am sitting here telling myself that since I am not British that I should not worry.

Also I am trying to get rid of the superstitious nature my Irish mother who raised me instilled in me.

Shoot I don't have a shiny coin. Oh dear I was excited to see the picture but now I am in a quandary about what to do.

Okay, Okay....I can handle this. I will ignore it.:-)))))

gLoR!e said...

i love green apple..can i have some?hehehe

Bella Casa said...

Your cat is adorable :) Apples look yummy!

Bella

Imelda said...

wow i have yet to see real apple trees

Becki said...

Your cat looks so much like a cat I had a few years back :) Very pretty.

shaxx said...

Thanks! You are a top 10 dropper at my blog! BTW, why is your blog deleted from entrecard?

http://kisahberuang.com/2008/10/02/top-10-ec-droppers-for-sep-2008/

shaxx said...

Sorry, please ignore the deleted part as it was meant for someone else. the top 10 is yours!

Leet said...

Apple tree, garden, wind blow... I can picture something wonderful here... Agh, I would love to have a garden...

Jacqueline said...

As with life...sometimes the bigger things seem so out of reach. :-)