The last apple


The remaining apple on the tree

It started off that there was a mass of apples in the spring. Most of these fell off but five remained. In turn, these have fallen off – fortunately mature enough to eat, albeit small, which a friend puts down to the fact that it has been a dry summer and nextdoor’s silver birches will have been taking water from the soil in my garden.

Now, there is one solitary apple on the tree, looking unexpectedly rosy (last year the one apple at all was a russet). I’ve tried to pick it but it doesn’t want to come off, so looks like I will wait for the wind to help me out!

© Helen Butt, September 2014

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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4 Responses to The last apple

  1. Karen says:

    Tip up on your apple when picking and it sound come off easily. Pulling doesn’t usually work…it is natures way of keeping apples on the tree as they mature and get heavy. Our dry summer has had the same affect, the apples here are small as well.

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