Windfalls

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I took these photos on Sunday afternoon in a fit of late-day sunshine. These are the allotment apple trees,  their produce free for anyone to pick. The only problem this year was the crops were so plentiful, and the October winds so fierce, that most of the apples were blown off their stems and into bruising piles. And then there are only so many apple crumbles and pies you can eat if you do not wish to expand to fill one’s particular lockdown premises and so be inextricable by the time we, along with our personal resident viral-bacterial populations, are liberated to the wide world. In the meantime the wildlife of the creeping, pecking sort has a plentiful store to graze on, which in turn serves as a timely reminder that there usually is a positive side to most situations; someone benefits.

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Passing thought: the chair in real life is a weathered sage green plastic effort, one of a pair that sat outside my polytunnel for years before I donated them to the communal apple-tree-tea-break-zone. It’s strange it looks so white and also unfocused in these photos; something oddly reflective going on here.

17 thoughts on “Windfalls

  1. A lovely photo – this year has been an amazing one for apples.
    I’ve got a pantry stocked with apple jam, chutney, jelly and ‘cheese’… as well as dehydrated apple slices, and apple vinegar on the go.
    Like you, we’ve enjoyed our fair share of pies too. And the birds have been daily visitors to the apple trees – as well as the deer, early morning.
    One of the things I find so fascinating is watching a bee eat apple – they get through so much in such a clever way!
    I hope no one sits on your old chairs, under the tree, and has an apple drop on their head – if they do, let’s hope it’s a ‘newton’ moment, with grand ideas following!

    1. Hi Emma. I think you may be onto something. Maybe we could generate some nouveau ‘Newton’ moments with the last of the hangers-on apples. Your mention of bees eating apples is captivating. I have never witnessed this.

      1. That’s a good idea – you could position the chairs strategically and see what happens… 🤞
        Yes – look out for it next year – they’re amazing – they literally carve the inside of the apple out in little balls – it’s quite messy, but very industrious and leaves what I should imagine is quite a drunken bee, and a rather amazing looking apple skin!

  2. “the wildlife of the creeping, pecking sort has a plentiful store to graze on, which in turn serves as a timely reminder that there usually is a positive side to most situations” – absolutely!

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