|Posted on October 31, 2012 at 6:10 AM|
Back at the ranch for a couple days of rest. I have been working 24/7 since August on Common Grains. My blog got completely neglected. Fall is a good time to begin again. I worked hard pruning the old grapes vines and apples trees past spring in hopes to bring them back to health. Healthy they became but the wild animals feasted on most of the fruit while we were absent. I walked along the grape vines and couldn't find a single grape on the vine. We hope to spend more time on the ranch, after we finish restoring our house in Highland Park. I am happy to just be in Tehachapi, whenever I can.
I love our trees. We walk around the property and visit each tree everytime we are here. We have lots of mature trees and about 50 new trees that we planted this year. Popular, sycamore, maple, apricot, persimmon, walnut, ash, cherry... Half of the new trees were damaged by the critters but those that survived the ordeal are doing okay. Sakai's mended the broken branches and put in an irrigation system that is working, finally. We want to plant more trees next year. Figure trees take about 15-30 years to mature. if we could stick around for awhile, this ranch is going to look amazing.
The apricot tree is particularly gorgeous in red.
The old walnut tree gave us so much joy this year. We didn't even know what kind of tree it was for a long time. It produced tons of nuts. The green fruit cracked open and some of the nuts had fallen on the ground. The critters ate about 1/3 of the harvest but there were plenty more to be had so Sakai brought over a ladder and we spent the morning picking the nuts. Ana and Kurokin came along and sat under the tree and kept guard. I'd never seen walnuts this big.
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