HJ Sagan TreeWhen we moved here fourteen years ago, we planted some fruit trees on a small back strip just between our horse fence and an abandoned access road to the neighbor’s property. The first few trees didn’t make it, because we didn’t realize how susceptible they were to cedar apple rust. Actually, we’d never heard of it. Bugs killed the first peach tree, and deer gnawed on some other apple trees, and one of our cherry trees. Eventually I had to build tree cages around the trees to protect them for several years, otherwise the deer would eat them, or rub antlers on them, or just wander buy and break them off.

Years and years those trees have been out there, slowly growing. And then, finally, this year we got edible cherries off of one of the two cherry trees. That was nice. I hope we have even more next year. But here’s the grand thing. Our surviving peach tree has been gnawed upon by deers. It was damaged by a guy we hired to mow our lawn. It has an unhealthy looking lean to it. For the last few years it’s been producing tiny little peaches that were hard as rocks.

This year, though… this year it gave us real peaches, and yesterday I processed a bunch of them. And wow, they’re delicious. Sometimes good things come to those who wait. I’m living the good life now, folks. Productive fruit trees on my own property! It’s a grand feeling.

Incidentally, that’s not the peach tree. That’s the tree we’re fairly sure Carl Sagan was sitting in at Kew Gardens during an episode of Cosmos. The one I took of the tree the other day is blurry. So here’s this. Because every article’s better if it mentions Carl Sagan or the Hulk, right?

3 Comments on “Peaches

  1. Totally off topic here Howard, i’m sorry!
    I recently picked up a copy of Tamerlane, Conqueror of the Earth by Lamb for a song. I’m curious as to your thoughts on this book. I enjoyed the Genghis Kahn biography greatly, and I’m looking forward to this one. I also have Babur the Tiger, Alexander and The Crusades. I’ve been watching for March of the Barbarians as well. Any other suggestions in terms of biographies? I enjoy Lamb’s fiction even more, but these historical biographies are truly excellent.

    • Tamerlane is a good one. Hannibal is a favorite and the one that got me started reading Lamb. The Crusades books are really excellent. Alexander I wasn’t as fond of. Cyrus is kind of like Alexander in that it’s not quite a biography and not quite a novel, but it has at least one really cool scene somewhere in the middle that has an Adventure vibe. I’m not sure it’s worth reading through the entire thing though to get there. Constantinople, March of Muscovy, and City and the Tsar are all pretty strong. I don’t recall Babur the Tiger as well — let me know what you think!

      Newfound Land, the only one of those about North America, started pretty strong but I realized just now that I don’t think I ever finished it!

      Two often listed with the biographies aren’t actually biographies but are pretty good adventure tales, Omar Khayyam and Nur Mahal.

      • Thanks Howard. I’m currently picking my way through The Crusades, a chapter or two at a time. It’s really great reading, and I find I can put it down for days, then pick it up and carry on with no issues. I have seen a copy of Omar Khayyam at a bookstore I frequent, but I’m unfamiliar with the story, so I haven’t nabbed it yet. I’ll make a point of getting it if it’s still there.

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