Vince has been busy! I don’t know if it’s the diet, or he’s fully adjusted to retirement . . probably a combination of the two, but he’s been a working machine the last few weeks. When you’ve worked about 30 years, except for a few weeks vacation here and there, it does take a while to settle in for a new way of life.
I also think Vince has been reading more and watching more stories and he knows the value of raising as much of our own food as we can. He’s even decided we should keep the chickens and he was the main one wanting to get rid of them.
Every year, I’m the one saying “please, can you prune the fruit trees?” Some years they get pruned and some years they don’t. This year, he’s been out pruning them all right on time. I like it!
Last year, he completely cut the fig tree back to within about 8″ of the ground. I couldn’t remember my grandparents ever doing that to their fig tree but there’s a whole lot I probably don’t remember. This past year, the fig tree didn’t produce as much as it normally does. It could have been the pruning or, it could have been something totally different. He did a little research this year and different varieties have different suggested pruning methods. That big one is a black mission and we decided not to prune it. He tried to trim some of the lower limbs just because it’s so thick down there and we need to be able to see the ground so we can watch for snakes but otherwise, he didn’t do any heavy pruning on the big fig tree.
The peach trees were next. We have five peach trees. He got all those done and then he did a few of the plum trees.
We have one nosy red chicken and one nosy black chicken. They are always watching us! If I’m in the greenhouse, one or both of them are either in there with me, or standing on the outside with their little heads right against the walls so they can see what I’m doing. Yesterday, the black one was up on the door to the egg boxes, walking around so she could get a better view of what Vince was doing.
Between Cat and the chickens, we’re always being watched.