It’s a relief that the deciduous trees are finally bare or at least shedding their leaves. An extremely warm autumn in Sydney had them fooled for a while but hopefully the weather will yield to winter while I’m away. I’ll be gone for a month in five days and I’m still working through medical appointments; whatever the results, I’m going.
I am grateful for friends who volunteered to care for my urban orchard while I am away. A relay team will water and even the worms will be fed. I can’t ask for more. Before I go I will harvest the compost and make some tea for my friends.
There are still jobs to do in the orchard. Rotting fruit from rain and a plague of pests from the warm weather must all be removed and a light prune is necessary to keep the trees compact. They are in pots. For the convenience and safety of my volunteers I must clear the paths. I am used to dodging branches and skipping around pots but they may catch my unwary friends.
Winter should be wet but we can’t rely on rain anymore. Winter should be cold but we’ve just had the warmest autumn so it’s difficult to predict what’s to come. Winter will still be here when I come home so I’ll deal with it then.
I’ll be handing over the orchard to good hands; at least half the trees will be dormant. Hope they sleep well while I’m gone.