Question – How do you pick apples when there’s a bird’s nest in the tree?
Answer – Tentatively, especially if like DadTired you’re not a fan of birds!
We don’t do anything to our fruit trees, they just flower and seed every year and we reap the benefits. Throughout the year our garden gives us cherries (early summer) apples, blackberries, greengages and crab apples – although I have no idea what to do with these – and rhubarb.
This time of year it’s time to pick the apples.
Watching the fruit trees go through their cycle is a great way to teach the children about seasons & how things grow.
Time to Pick the Apples
At the weekend we decided to pick the last of this year’s apple crop. Despite it being mid-October the weather’s been gorgeous and there’s been no wind to shake the apples off the tree.
But we didn’t bargain on our apple tree visitor. There’s a pigeon’s nest nuzzled right in the heart of our apple tree! It was difficult to take a photo as it was well camouflaged and we didn’t want to disturb its hiding place.
Watching the nest develop in the spring was a novelty. However trying to pick apples now, without disturbing the baby pigeon is exceptionally difficult and slightly fraught!
As we came close the Mummy pigeon quickly flew away, making a huge noise & shaking the tree. I’ve never seen Mademoiselle run away so quickly! To his credit Little Mister didn’t move. Not an inch! Clearly we’re bad parents as we both scampered, too!
On second approach we discovered just the baby pigeon was left. Moving his head and eyes he sat and watched us, but never made a flutter. So we decided to apple pick around the outside of the tree and as quietly as possible.
If you’ve ever been fruit picking with children you know this is an oxymoron. It’s impossible to put my two Little Shires up a ladder and ask them to pick apples quietly; the branches of the tree pinging back make lots of noise coupled with competitive shouting about who’s found the biggest apple!
Our bounty haul
Our apple picking took a little longer than expected and the baby pigeon seemed as fascinated with what we were doing as we were with it. Still we managed to recover a decent apple bounty and have left a fair amount still in the tree (and the floor) for the birds.
Picking apples has become (another) one of our family traditions, something we do together, and it’s just another reminder at how quickly this year has flown by. That reminds me, I really do need to find more things to do with Apples than make crumble!
Thanks Fiona over at Coombemill.com for encouraging us to share what our country kids have been up to.
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.