Summer has gone and the Autumn is filled with harvesting the abundant fruit our young orchard has provided this year. The peach trees suffered broken branches from the weight of the fruit and will need to be trimmed after the first frost. The asian pear trees also were heavy with fruit but luckily the branches did not succumb to their heavy loads.
I have a neighbour who helped harvest the fruit in exchange of plenty of it for her own canning. The surplus we distributed among friends, to everyone’s delight.
The dogs happily participated in gathering the fallen fruit and all of them were eating their fill. I was astounded to see how many pears each of them ate without any ill effect. Even our Berner girl Sophia, who is famous for her touchy digestion, did not experience a stomach upset.
Now, all that is left to harvest are the Bartlet pears and the apple trees. It will be a pleasure to accomplish that task in the coming week with mild weather and temperatures near 70 degrees.
Our own Hummingbirds left a few weeks ago, but there is still activity at the feeders as migrating Hummers stop to replenish their flight weight. Only yesterday three more arrived from far North, settling in for a few days to enjoy the abundance offered by blooming prairie flowers and our freshly cooked sugar-water.
It is always bitter-sweet to watch these tiny travellers arrive in dire need of an abundant foodsource and see them settle in for a week or more until their flight weight is restored and they are able to continue the dangerous journey to South America where the lucky ones will spend the winter.
All to soon, the last of them will be gone, the feeders will be put away and winter will come.