5/09/2010

"Hard to believe but true" catagory

When we moved here there was an ancient Gravenstein apple tree. It was gray, gnarled, and the entire center of the trunk was rotting away.. There was a hole in the side and as far as you could reach up or down inside it was empty...
We figured that it was not long for this world and each year more and more of the trunk rotted away until there was only a thin shell up one side.....That was 30 years ago and every year it continues to bloom and every year we know it will be its last year.
Some years ago we propped it up with some old fence rails and keep the limbs trimmed to reduce the weight and amount of fruit.. Yes fruit!! It not only continues to bloom it bears apples every year... For me this tenacious old tree has become symbolic of our lives, our marriage, and our farm... It may even outlast us...
BTW this is my 600th post...should have planned a party!...

4 comments:

Ruby said...

Beautiful old tree! WoW and WOW on the 600th post. Congratulations.

Ati. said...

So nice to see your old apple tree. They still have Gravenstein apple trees here in Norway. Each september they are for sale in the supermarket!

Lesley said...

Congratulations on your 600th blog. May you, like the beautiful apple tree, bloom for ever, (I don't expect you want the 'bearing fruit bit though. lol) Blessings friend

Marty52 said...

What a great old tree! It's amazing that it still puts forth leaves, much less fruit each year. I'm glad you propped it up, it will probably outlast all of us!

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