Last night, the wind got up and I noticed that something was missing from the apple tree. Then it dawned on me that the missing piece was in fact the solitary apple.
Fortunately, it was on the ground unscathed. Less fortunately, I am not sure that it is fully ripened as it is supposed to be a russet colour. Never mind, in due course it will get eaten…..
Aside from the apple itself, I also noticed the tree swaying as though there was a minor earthquake. Mmmm!
It took me longer to work out that the swaying was due to the string holding it to its stake no longer being there. Poor tree – it is indeed having a battle to grow because there is so little top soil, but plenty of rubble underneath, from where the housebuilders must have left it when they demolished the school which used to be on this site. No wonder the apple fell off: the branches are still thin after three years of growing.
We will, however, perservere
©Helen Butt, September 2013