The {Untimely} Secret Orchard – Part II

I woke up yesterday to 0.7 degree weather, which promptly dropped to 0.0. This morning I woke up to snow and a sore throat. I’m happy to say January is finally here. I was a little concerned whether it would show up, considering January 1st was almost 60 degrees. We don’t do 60 degrees in January here in Maine, it throws our entire internal clock off. While I was suppose to be hibernating and crocheting by the wood stove, I was outside raking the leaves surrounding the blueberry bushes and feeling like I should be planting my garden soon. It was entirely awkward and while my brain knew what time of year it was, my body had an innate reaction to the seasonal warmth. So while I sat here eating sorbet and feeling content that all was right with winter again, I started organizing a file of miscellaneous photos I took within the last month.

I was confused why I had photos of our planted orchard, since it was clearly from the fall. Then I remembered I took these photos on January 1st after Andy told me I needed to update you guys on how we planted our orchard I wrote about here and here. It’s amazing how different it looks. Maybe it doesn’t look too different to you guys, but in person it’s way different. It’s still not complete. I want to plant about 4-7 more trees for an even 9 to 12. We currently have 5 planted in this area (which we lovingly call The Orchard even though it’s the smallest orchard in history).

As a reminder, it actually looks like this layout wise. A really out of scale ghetto layout.

We also have these three we planted a few years back. From right to left it goes plum, cherry, pear. I think they are all dwarfs. The plum and cherry are supposedly self-pollinating but after reading up some more we’ll need to get two more of them for better fruit to grow. The pear will never grow without another pear, which is why our orchard now has a few more pear trees.

As far as the orchard area goes, each tree was about $20.00. I was admittedly hesitant at first thinking we were only going to find crap, since we paid close to $40.00 per tree for the three above. As it turned out they were very healthy looking trees. I was impressed. So, now we have the following in our yard which includes the orchard and the three trees above.

  • 3 pear trees : one bartlett dwarf, two keiffer semi-dwarfs
  • 1 cherry tree : black sweet cherry tree
  • 1 plum tree : santa rosa
  • 3 apple trees : one yellow delicious semi-dwarf, one red delicious semi-dwarf, one liberty semi-dwarf
  • 10 blueberry plants: two blueray, two earliblue, two brigatta, two bluecrop, two bluegold

That’s where we are now with the whole process, since most of it has a snow or ice cover right now. After writing this and looking at my other two orchard blog posts I just realized I never even showed you the actual planted blueberries. Son of a bee sting.

We’ll be getting some more trees and fruit plans in the spring. I promise to update you before 2018.

Much Love,

Heather

 Update: Andy has informed me that a good portion of the wood we sawed, in this recent post, actually came from the orchard when he first started it here. He thought I knew but nope, totally in the dark on it. I apparently missed him skidding them across our lawn and out to the hayfield. I was probably too engrossed in eating pie.

 

 

Pioneering & Pictures

Have you ever read The Pioneer Woman?  This blog (along with Young House Love) single handedly (is that a word?) sometimes get me through my lunch hour at work.  My very favorite part of The Pioneer Goddess Woman is her Confessions. Frankly, I feel like I’m reading into my future (small scale – I only wish we had a full on ranch). I always find myself smirking and laughing out loud at her materials. She’s just so honest about everything that it’s a hoot.

She essentially sums up what I picture as the perfect life: a farm, a maybe not so clean house all the time but one that is lovingly and well lived in, livestock, poultry, a gaggle of dogs and maybe some geese, Mr. A’s God given backside in chaps, being smart enough to home-school (that one really is a dream, I’m confident but not that confident) and a hot cup of tea on the porch on a fall day. The fact is, we’re a long way from that. Hopefully within a year chickens will come, maybe a goat or two. The chaps, chainsaw as they might be, are bound to be broken out again come spring leading to one of my favorite views, and I’m not referring to a timbering tree.

If there is one thing I have down, right now as I write this it’s the “…maybe not so clean house all the time but one that is lovingly and well lived in…” part.

Where was I going with this? Side note: Mr. A will tell you that I am notorious for forgetting things. It’s really, really, really pathetic. I should have my head examined. If I could remember to.

Right – things that are important to me. I was going through my phone the other day and came across many pictures that made me smile and remind me how blessed I feel to have a simple, quiet out of the way lifestyle. There truly is nothing as sweet as loving the life you live, and going through it with your best bud by your side (or three best buds if you count the furry ones).  So here they are – in no particular order…except the last one, because really – it is the most important.

Camp

The love bugs.

The crotchety Old Lady who is not longer with us

Our first “home”

Mr. A at work

Tulips

Having the girls pull stunts like this when I’m feeling frumped. It’s impossible to feel frumped while they look like this.

Trust me. Country dogs are the best.

 

Painting. I didn’t say I was awesome. I just like painting.

Flea Markets

The Bovinest Women Around

This face

 

Enjoying the fruits of our garden, for months to come

 

Enjoying the fruits of nature, immediately (apples as it may be)

the feeling of freedom this gives me, and it’s only steps away from my door

and finally, for now -Mr. A. Seeing him in his element & happy is by far one of my favorite pleasures in life

 

Much love, happiness, homesteading and joy,

Heather