The weather has been lovely lately-beautiful rain! It would have been perfect if we could have had half of it a month ago, but our water butts are full (for the vegetables) and ht eearth and trees refreshed.
I must take some still photos to upload here, for the last few years I have concentrated on the YouTube channel whcih has developed quite an international following with 1,600 subscribers and 1,890,000 views so far.
The latest video I posted yesterday is also the longest ever at 15 minutes, and that was after editing. Several people have tried their hand at grafting after watching my videos, and I was getting a few requests about troubleshooting and after care. I'll see if I can post a link.
In 1992, Stephen and Julia Hayes began planting an orchard of apples, plums and pears in southern Hampshire, mainly rare old 'heritage' varieties. We sold our fruit in season from late July to Christmas at farmers' markets etc. for 14 years or so but for various reasons quit doing this, mainly as we are getting older and needed our Sundays back. The story has been told on our YouTube channel, search on Stephen Hayes apples.
Our fruitwise.net web site is no more, but a Kindle book telling the story of the orchard from dream to reality is in preparation.
Julia and I envisioned, planted and manage the Fruitwise orchard in Durley, Hampshire. I am interested in heritage apples. Valuable old apple DNA is being lost and we can't afford to lose it. The most reliable way to stop and reverse this loss is for people to become interested in preserving the heritage of apples which comes down to us from our ancestors. This can best be done by planting, celebrating, preserving and using local orchards. We are commited Christians.