Saturday, 7 July 2012

Sad news, no Apple Day event this year

Bumzer! My right leg is in a cast following an Achilles tendon rupture 3 weeks ago. Tripped on a hotel staircase. Regrettably, I will be unable to walk without crutches and very great difficulty until at least October and by then will probably have lost so much calf muscle bulk I'll need another three months physio. So that's me out of action for the rest of this year.

Sorry, we have no option but to cancel the 2012 Apple Day exhibition and sale we usually hold in October at Durley Memorial Hall.

Also, there are no plums or pears this year due to sustained heavy rain on the blossom. In a normal year we'd be preparing for our first markets now, as it is we're debating cancelling our 'summer' holiday due to the prolonged filthy cold windy weather. It was going to be a walking and fishing break, now I can't do either. If we're going to stop indoors looking out the window at the rain, painting and reading, we might as well do it at home and save the drive to Cornwall and back.

When I know what markets we will have any apples for, I'll post a list here. Sorry.

I'm blogging about my injury and recovery on the YouTube channel, I hope to do a charity fundraiser for a third world orthopaedic and trauma charity, the British Palawan Trust to perhaps bring some good out of this.


  1. Sorry to hear about your injury. What a disappointment! Hope you get well soon.

  2. Hello I am responding to your Trees of Antiquity response as I do not have a you tube account.

    The numbers refer to climate infornation, namely the coldest the region gets for an extended period of time. We are zone 2b or -42C which is -45F. A bit colder than you..

    For cold climate information such as the region I reside in (Regina Sk. Canada) I recommend following the U of S website. They have excellent varieties of sour cherries, apples and honeyberry.

    and for cold weather advice on vegetables

    For local growers I recommend from personal experience Over the Hill orchards. Very friendly berry grower growing on the Canadian prairie.

    Another great grower is located in eastern Canada. He is located in Quebec and is developing many fruit trees for Canada.

    Further east still a grower on our eastern island of Prince Edward Island (climate comparable to yours) and is developing cold weather tolerant bananas which may be of interest to you.

    I hope this helps.

    1. Thanks, sorry for delay getting back to you. I will post these on YT presently.


  3. Long-time reader/watcher of your Youtube videos: I hope you're feeling better soon! I love learning all about apples from you. Hoping to have my own little orchard in the coming years. =D

  4. Hi There,

    I'm really interested in asking you a few questions. Do you have an email address that I can contact you on?

    Many Thanks


Welcome to the Fruitwise Heritage Apples blog. Feel free to leave a comment, I will try to respond where appropriate but FAQs may have been already addressed in my YouTube videos or the site. Remember, I am not a professional fruit grower, only an enthusiastic experienced amateur. Any and all advice is offered freely and with sincere good faith, but remember I might be mistaken, and my preferences,
soil and climate may be different from yours which would diminish the relevance of my advice, so check other sources before acting. In any event, I am not responsible for any outcomes!

Kind regards to all.