Paula’s Thursday Special (here) this week is imitation. One thing I like about photo challenges is how it motivates us to take new photos – or perhaps motivates us to dig through our archives.
I decided to take a new photo for the word “imitation” and experimented with blurring the background with these itty-bitty apples (they are from a set I bought for my great-niece).
While on the topic of apples, here is a photo of real apples (Priorhouse apple tree – summer 2017).
This tree is a self-pollinating “delicious family” apple variety – and this year we had a nice crop. (But the best year so far was 2013.)
Quick little story from this year:
I had to finally force myself to get outside to pick the apples (mid August).
There were a handful of rotten ones on the ground and fruit flies and other bugs will nest if we are not responsible fruit-tree owners.
This is the first year that the tree is extra tall – and so I was not sure how we would reach all of the top apples (use a ladder… ha) – so for now, I grabbed the lower apples and tossed any bad ones. Then gave some neighbors bags of apples and kept some.
The next day, my spouse told me that the neighbor’s landscaper was out and my spouse told him that “he could have all the leftover apples if he wanted to get up there and get them.”
I told my hubs that it sounded condescending and that I had hoped it did not come across that way – you know- like I hope it did not imply that he wanted (or needed) free apples. And before you think I am being too sensitive – I have had this happen – where people became offended or defensive. Some folks feel weird with certain “offerings.” (And for legit reasons sometimes – so we just never know- and perhaps a few stories can be shared later on. But I cringed a little when he told me what he had said…)
Anyhow, the next day, the landscaper (cool guy too) well he came back and double-checked with us about being able to take the apples because “his horses would love them” – and then he offered to spray the tree (for free) if we wanted him to.
We were blessed to not have to retrieve all those apples – and he was blessed with some horse snacks- win-win. (And I told my husband he made a good call – wink).
That is all for today….
And seeing that it is Sunday – and considering I featured our apple tree in this post – let’s link up with Becca Gievns’ Sunday Tree group. I know some people way overdo the linking of challenges- and I am trying not to combine them anymore, but this one just seems like a perfect combo so I hope the blog challenge hosts will not mind my doubling up here.
Hope you are all having a great day- and see you later in the week for some Thursday Doors….