Daily Prompt: Tree

Tasmania was once known as The Apple Isle.


via Daily Prompt: Tree

Tasmania was once known as The Apple Isle. That industry has declined since the 1960’s and many orchards have been pulled up.

I would love to have been here in the days when there were trucks lined up to load apples into the ships that berthed at Port Huon Wharf.

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Port Huon Wharf
Apple Boxes
Apple Boxes -Huon Valley Tasmania

Here in the Huon Valley where I live there are fewer apple orchards than there were when I came here in 2002. However there are still quite a few and I love to watch them through the year as they go from bare trees in the winter, blossoms in the spring and finally the harvest in late summer and autumn.

Although we don’t export as many apples there is a renewed interest in cider making and several cider makers have started up in the Huon over the past few years.

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Apple Blossom in spring – Huon Valley, Tasmania

apple orchard

Apple orchard – Waterloo, Tasmania

I follow this progress in my own back garden too where I have one apple tree. For a few weeks in March each year I need only go outside  and pick one when I want an apple. The rest of the time I like to buy them from the many roadside stalls near the orchards where you can choose your apples and leave the money in an “Honesty Box”.

apple stall
Apples direct from the grower.

I also take a lot of pleasure from the bird life that my apple tree attracts. In summer I can’t see them as they are usually hidden by the leaves but if something startles them  a cloud of birds emerges from it. I enjoy their chirping and don’t begrudge them a few apples.

 

Author: Taswegian1957

Born in England in 1957 my family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. David passed away in 2015 and I'm here on my own now but I have Cindy the dog and Polly the cat to keep me company. I currently co-write two Wordpress blogswith my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and a "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania.

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