The Giving Tree

Beautiful Tree

Beautiful Tree

This beautiful tree was incorporated into our goat area.  It provides much needed shade in the summer.  But this tree is much more than just a shade provider.

I have enjoyed this tree since I was 6 years old.  It is a tree that boasts splendor by it’s size and beauty.  Until 8 years ago it was surrounded by brush and fields and growing up we made trails to it to climb and play under.

Under the tree

Under the tree

After clearing the area for our goats, this tree was even more spectacular.  It is a “show piece” on the property and the goats and chickens enjoy it’s shade and leaves while the kids enjoy the rope we have attached to it.  They can strengthen their muscles  climbing it or relax swinging from it.

Boys, Goats & Chickens

Boys, Goats & Chickens

This is our “Giving Tree”.

Apples are a comin…

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Our two apple trees are producing some fine looking Macintosh apples for the fall.  We have a few wild apple trees on our property also which are Empire apples.  We take the tractor back to pick those and these close to the house are dwarf trees so a step ladder works well for picking.

Apples remind me of fall and all the wonderful things to make for the winter months such as apple pies, apple bread, apple crisp, and of course loads of crock pot applesauce to freeze. 

While I am not ready for summer to end, I get a feeling of happiness and family nights thinking of fall with football, apples, changing leaves and crisp nights.  We have a few more weeks before that season hits so I will enjoy what we have left of summer.