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The Lamb's Wool Blessing

Old apple tree, old apple tree!
We've come to sing to thee!
To bear and to bow
Apples now,
Hats full,
Caps full,
Three bushel bags full,
Barn doors full,
And a little heap under the stairs.

~The Old Apple Tree :: Sparkle Stories

Apples on the Tree

We've said this blessing to the trees nearly every time we've picked apples this year, which has been a lot.  It is, by far, one of my favorite Sparkle Stories.  I picked a fair amount of apples yesterday in a short time, picking at my grandmother's house instead of in our neighborhood.  The apples are all so much better this year--nice and round and not too wormy.  Pie filling is in order for this week.  It's such a tasty recipe and one quart makes a pie, though I don't think many of our 2013 efforts went into pies.  We mainly just popped open the jar and gobbled it up.

There were no late frosts this year and the landscape reflects it.  Apple trees are simple bent over with fruit right now.  I want to stop and pick from every single one, feeling the guilt of waste as I see them tumble to the ground.  It has had me wishing for a cider press very badly, as silly as it sounds.  I can make my own small-scale cider by grating apples and squeezing them with my hands, so that may be the way we go.  I've also contemplated the frivolous goal of picking an apple from every tree that lines the road through Fairwood Valley where there's an area called "Old Orchard."

Instead, I've set the goal of an apple pie every week.  Mike loves apple pie, so this pleases him very much.  He and Willow have disputes over whether the crumb topping or two-crust pie is better.  I am happy to do both.  And now that I have a working apple peeler again, I'm even happier.



( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
Aug. 23rd, 2015 10:44 pm (UTC)
Those look so lovely! My sister's old trees are getting ready to yield their harvest soon, too, although lack of rain has produced some pretty small apples this year.
Aug. 24th, 2015 09:19 am (UTC)
I hope you all get some good rain soon!
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Aug. 24th, 2015 09:20 am (UTC)
The deer here will eat apples any time, I think. We have so many of them! I've found someone with a cider press, so we're hoping to see it in a couple weeks. Mike loves apple cider doughnuts. Might make some, though they are a lot of work for the home cook.
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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