It's been a long time! Sorry if I have failed to answer any questions, I haven't been coming here and don't get an email feed from this blog.No offence intended, none taken I hope, but Julia and I have just had so much to do I have let this blog fall totally into neglect. The web site has dropped off, I only realised recently it is no longer searchable, it seems like Yahoo have arbitrarily pulled the plug and I didn't even notice. Ah well, it wasn't that great and YouTube tells a better story for less effort, so let it be.
Life has been complicated. In brief:
Our average age is now over 60. In July 2015 I had a very bad fall which left me with limited mobility. We have pulled out of all marketing of fruit. Any apples we don't use go for cider to our friend Mr Jez Howitt. I regularly send out scion wood in early spring (more on this later). My medical and education work has grown, leaving me less time for the orchard and blogging. The YouTube channel remains my main outlet for information. And...blah blah.
We aim to keep up the orchard but more as a place of rest and recreation and an apple sanctuary.
Currently doing some life laundry and having to decide which activities to stop, which to continue and at what level.
I may keep this blog going, depending on level of interest. See you.
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.