Here at ThinMan Acres we have nine old apple and pear trees that are the only survivors of a farm that used to be here.  One seems to be a Transparent Apple tree, and the fruit is very early and quite good to eat if you can be quick enough to get it before it turns soft.  I suppose there are people who like softer apples, but give me a nice crispy one every time, please.

It looks pretty good from this side.

It looks pretty good from this side.

I hope the bees do their job on those blossoms and give us some nice apples this year.  Last year we had a killing frost at just the wrong time, and got exactly zero apples from all the trees.  It could have been worse.  Some folks north of here had just bought an apple orchard and were looking forward to making a go of the apple and cider business.  It didn’t happen.

Every time we have a windstorm I expect to see this  old tree blown over, but it just keeps hanging in there.  It’s quite an inspiration.  As maybe you can see in the photo below, most of the trunk is just gone, with some punky rotted wood in the center.

Rotten in the core

Rotten in the core

Thanks to some suckers, it has grown a few good sized new branches on the side of the trunk that is still present and alive.  Several times I have been going to knock it over and haul it off to the brush pile, but it seems to want to keep going, so I guess we will let nature decide when to pull the plug.  Maybe it will outlive me, though I don’t think I have any rot going on right now.