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Old 06 September 2013, 12:38   #1
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How'd ya like THEM apples?

Autumn is upon us. It's been a very odd year - cold start, late Spring, good flowering and set, fierce heat and drought followed by windy and cooler ripening up to now. I've tended my rows as best I could - walked the lines and pruned and sprayed. Currently battling rampaging Jays that want a piece of the action. Hoping for a few settled and warm days over the next six weeks or so.

Then it's harvest time and the "electric lemonade" (cider) plant will swing into action. This is the first time I've managed to get apples and decent equipment together at the same time, so fingers crossed for no last minute disasters.

I'll return to this later...
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Old 06 September 2013, 13:01   #2
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Nice. We've just stripped our pear tree and had a first foray into pear cider. Bubbling gently in the barrel as we speak.
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Wonder whats got into the Jays ?... have they done that before ? Maybe they end up rolling about stotious when back at the roost
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That owl has been crossed up with an Armadillo!
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That owl has been crossed up with an Armadillo!
That's Owliver - he's not for real. He has big mad eyes and a pole up his ass. Birds are a bit scared of him.

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Nice....Those Apple Trees DO look well tended!.... Obviously by a Real Fan.!
We're having a 'Taste off' at Pikey's next week Best of Somerset V Best of Normandy's...Looking Forward to it!!! I think!
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Thats some backyard you have got there willk

Good luck with the cider making

ps. Tommy Flynn looks pretty handy with the press

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That's Owliver - he's not for real. He has big mad eyes and a pole up his ass. Birds are a bit scared of him.

Them Pole's get everywhere!
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Wonder whats got into the Jays ?... have they done that before ?
Annual problem. I live on the edge of woodland and they think I'm some sort of feckin' bird sanctuary. They and their thievin' cousin magpies have my heart broken. Traps and deportation for the Maggies, scare tactics for the Jays. I've seen up to six jays in there eating fruit off the branch. Mind you, when the local buzzard visits (and they do) they're nowhere to be seen...
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Birds are a bit scared of him.
I should think that owls are scared of him. He's a hench looking fecker.

As for the tree lovin'? You need to get a boat.
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