Friday, August 4, 2023

Will wonders never cease?

As I mentioned earlier, we live in a very "fruity" area.

We have wild plums galore, both red and yellow.

We also have blackberries up the whazoo on every roadside and in many fields.

We have an infinite number of apple trees, both wild and domestic.

We planted four peach trees a couple years ago, which are doing well. The blueberries and strawberries are also thriving.

But the one thing we lacked was pears. We had two pear trees in our old garden that produced so heavily that every year I had to transform myself into the "Magic Pear Fairy" and flit through the neighborhood, bestowing the blessings of pears on anyone I could catch.

We have plans to plant a couple of pear trees here, but hadn't gotten around to it yet.

Then earlier this summer, we had a county crew come in and clear out the underbrush on some of our acreage.

This opened things up the land to a tremendous degree, allowing us to see yet more plum and apple trees we previously didn't know we had. And ... one pear tree!

Seriously. look at this mature beauty.

The pears are beautiful, especially considering the tree has been wild and untended for who knows how many years.

It's also unexpected. A pear tree. Who'da thunk? Will wonders never cease?


  1. You could just about open a u-pick farm! Everything looks so lush and delicious.

  2. Wow, what a blessing. Maybe you could consider the u-pick idea? Or, trade with others during canning season.

  3. Those pears are lovely! Perfect shapes. Let us know how they taste.

  4. ya know excess pears can be turned into pear butter don't ya?? takes a little work, but end product takes much less room, keeps longer, and is highly sought after by friends and family.

  5. I’m so happy for your family that your homestead has turned into a food forest that you did not even have to plant. I find these wild trees are so much hardier than any I plant and baby along! Thank you so much for sharing all your adventures with us.

  6. Yesterday out walking there were ripe muscadines. To me, one of the harbingers of fall. Then last night the triple digit heat finally broke and it feels like fall outside this morning. With a big old spider web woven across the back door when I opened it this morning. She'll have to find another spot to cocoon herself in. A few days from now it'll be back up to 100 degrees. But the harbingers are here. Happy canning, everyone!