Ball bearings

A background of apples

A background of apples

This prolific apple tree makes an attractive background to our double-headed lantern.

It’s a show rather than eat tree because its apples aren’t at all nice (and we have plenty that are).

In fact it’s rather hazardous because the fallen apples turn up everywhere and skid under the feet like ball bearings.

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  1. jomamahep
    August 18, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Tell me about the apples. Why are they not good? Are they sweet or sour? Just from looking at the picture they greatly resemble the apples on a tree my great grandmother used to have. The only thing she used them for was to make applesauce–and it was the best applesauce on the planet. 🙂

    • August 18, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      My grandmother made wonderful apple sauce which my mother was always drooling over. She spent ages on it, making it smooth and entirely free of ‘toenails’. I’m sad to say we wouldn’t have time to make it – scarcely have time to pick the fruit we eat raw! To answer your question, though, the apples are sour and woody. Only one person – our cleaning lady – eats them.

  2. jomamahep
    August 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Your grandmother sounds like my great grandmother. She too made sure it was perfectly smooth–enough that the babies of the family could eat it. The apples sound like those that she had. The variety was called Yellow Transparent. They were SUPER sour with a very different texture. My mouth is watering thinking of the applesauce. It was fabulous on pancakes! Well your harvest has begun, so HAPPY FALL!

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