Apple Juice

This is the story of a tree. An apple tree to be precise. A tree that has finally rewarded us for all the love we’ve given it.

I planted it about 20 years ago. For some reason, and I really don’t remember my logic, I dug its hole as far away from the other apple trees as possible. Maybe I intended to fill the gap with other trees. I haven’t, so the tree stands alone in its own corner of the garden. Not that it’s ignored. When the other trees are summer and winter pruned, it gets a trim too.

It’s an early eater. Ready before any of the other trees and tastes divine. I had images of the children helping themselves to apples when they felt like it, through their childhood summers.

(October 2013)

They did for a few years. Until the wasps and the hornets found it. One year, the hornets ate the lot and made that part of the garden too dangerous to linger in.

(August 2017)

Each season, we probably get a basket of apples if we’re lucky. Mostly, just a handful. I’ll admit, I abandon it to the wasps after my annual, gallant effort to harvest a bigger share for our household. For the record, I like wasps. They are fabulous pollinators and pest controllers. If you play it cool, you can dodge them. I believe in live and let live.

This year was different. Maybe it was the late May frost, but I’ve hardly seen a hornet this summer. We do have wasps. The weather has meant less cracked apples to attract them. More to the point, Mr TTC bought an apple crusher, back before Lockdown.

Basically, it pulps the apples in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. We were then on the look out for a press. Like most things in the first half of the year, searching for an apple press was a tad difficult. This week, we finally got one. Just in time to brave the apple picking.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the video of the apple press in action (it’s in my Garden Highlights now). From one basket of apples, we extracted three litres of the tastiest juice.

I’ve picked another basketful. Rough calculations show that there must be at least a third or fourth basket on the tree. We may freeze some of the juice or try our hand at pasteurizing a few litres. The rest is in the fridge waiting to be enjoyed.

So the tree is finally giving back. Definitely worth the effort to make juice. Did I mention we have more apple trees? I think some of their apples will be crushed up too, this year.

And so the apple season gets into full swing for us.

Other moments that made me smile this week:

– A big dragonfly appearing in my office.

– A picnic with the family by a river. Went back the next day to paddle with the hound.

(This is life when you live with three teens. Ask for a photo for your blog and they all turn their backs!)

– Eldest teen getting her A level results. So proud of her.

– Starting to cook out in the summer kitchen (just in time for the rain!)

– First supermarket delivery for months. I think they are starting to try and entice us no-shows back.

– Major tidying up of our office space so I can be more productive. Made Mr TTC smile too.

Joining in with Anne’s Word of the Week linky

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10 thoughts on “Apple Juice

  • Friday 14 August, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    I am so jealous, I’d love an apple tree and a juicer. In fact I may just look into getting a juicer anyway as my lot won’t touch the bought apples if they have the slightest blemish. I remember you saying in the past how the hornets have got there first, I guess they’ve found somewhere else to feed this year. I love your picnic photo, it doesn’t matter that the faces aren’t showing, I just hope you have plenty of pics of them for yourself. I have barely any of my older kids when they were teens ๐Ÿ™ I sneak photos of my kids now, but don’t share them. ๐Ÿ™‚
    oh and well done to your teen on her results x

    • Wednesday 19 August, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      I’m slightly worried that I’m missing out on photos on their teen years. I’m going to focus (ha! pun inteneded) on correcting that this year.

  • Friday 14 August, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Ohh! How wonderful! The apple crusher is such a great idea and the apple press is just brilliant! I bet the juice tastes amazing. x

    • Wednesday 19 August, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      It tastes amazing.

  • Saturday 15 August, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    I love that you made your own apple juice. The apple trees are something that I really miss since moving house. We used to get quite a good harvest. I must admit to not being so keen on the wasps and hornets though!
    Have a wonderful weekend. x

    • Wednesday 19 August, 2020 at 3:58 pm

      I hope you can grow more apple trees in your new place.

  • Monday 17 August, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Oh I bet that homemade apple juice tastes amazing!

    • Wednesday 19 August, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      It certainly does.

  • Tuesday 18 August, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Lovely that you were able to harvest a few more apples this year without quite so many wasps and hornets after them. How lovely to enjoy freshly pressed apple juice – it does look good as do those apples. I don’t mind wasps other than when they’re a nuisance during picnics, but on the whole I’m with you on the live and let live approach. Well done to your eldest on her A level results and how lovely to enjoy a family picnic together. The photo made me smile. #WotW

    • Wednesday 19 August, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      Oh yes. Live and let live. The tree is clear now. Seem to have moved on to my fig ๐Ÿ™

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