A long, long time ago, last June,
I spent hours pinching off peaches.
Each branch of our peach trees had 20 or so tiny peaches.
Each branch can fully grow only one, maybe 2.
So off came the extras.
And the effort paid off.
Even in the high branches.
A pinching off of excess ‘stuff’ and activities
in the rest of my life may well prove equally fruitful.
More sweetness: from our hive.
The bees have filled the frames.
All that excess comb on top!
Sweetness guarded by stings, a bee suit helps.
One more harvest: wineberries.
These are an invasive raspberry relative from Asia.
We love them.
As does one cheeky catbird who swoops in even
when we’re picking.
The beginning of winter stores.
Saving summer sweet to get through bitter winter.