The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


25 September 2015

The End of the Beginning of the Apple Harvest.

Another sunny day and it was the last of the apple harvest in the orchards around Pear Tree Cottage. Sally-Anne was at the helm as the apple harvester picking up all the fallen fruit which had been blown out from beneath the trees and onto the grass avenues between the rows. Rob was at hand with strategically parked empty trailers. How could I resist rushing out with the camera?  It was a great example of girl power! I was just in time to see the last 2 rows and, after the hustle bustle and activity of the past few days, the orchards fell strangely silent again.  

As the youngest trees were started first, all the activity will move to the other orchards with more mature trees.  I hope the weather remains dry for them all.

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