I have a new toy! After a realistic evaluation of the orchard a couple of weeks ago I realized that nearly every tree I own has grown to a height that is beyond the 16' ladder range. Murphy's law, of course dictates that all the best apples will grow on those out of reach branches, so I invested in a pole chain saw. It is a lovely, lean, mean cutting machine! It is also very, let me repeat, VERY heavy piece of equipment, that can reach about 20' into the tree. After even more evaluation, I have hired a retired tree trimmer to help me a few hours a day to top cut all the trees. It's going fairly well, the only negative being that my arms and wrists are less than happy with this plan. It's not exactly what I had in mind for my tax return money, but hopefully it will pay for itself this fall!
After a hard days work, a body is doggone tired ...
and some days the help needs a little nap on the porch!
(Maizee & Beamer)
The past 2 days have been cool and rainy, but it will only take a day or so of warm sunshine to open the apple buds. There is nothing quite as magical as walking through the trees when they are in full bloom, and inhaling their sweet scent! My bees arrived last week, and seem to be adjusting from the long ride from Texas. I'm really fortunate that they are here. Bees are in short supply, and are trucked from region to region following the blossom season of the spring crops, but spring has arrived earlier than normal here, so many of the bees are still in Maine working on the blueberry crops.
But at the end of the day, it's always a treat to sit back & enjoy the sunset with a cup of tea.
Yup ... life is good on the banks of Big Stone Lake!