One afternoon while at the farm, a car pulled into the drive. A couple of ladies with beaming smiles climbed out of the car and introduced themselves as the daughter of the original owners of the farm. She was now in her late 80's and had requested her daughter in law to drive her by the house to see what had changed over the years and saw that we were working in the yard.
We walked around the farm together as she shared stories of her childhood and growing up on the farm as a little girl. Sharing stories of her horses, adventures in the barn, milking cows, riding to school in a wagon each morning, and the wonderful life she had there as a child. It was easy to see that she still had a deep love of the farm.
When we walked to the back of the farmhouse she pointed to the trees there and told us that they were apricot trees that her parent's loved so much over the years. Originally there was an orchard with many trees but, now there are only three left. This meant that these remaining trees were at least 80 years old.
We were so happy that she stopped by and that she was pleased that the farm was now in our care. We felt so lucky that we were there when she stopped by that day. We hope that she will stop by again.
We often wondered if the trees would produce any fruit or if they were too old to bear. Last year, there were no apricots at all, just bare branches with leaves.
This year is quite different, we have apricots - lovely little apricots dangling from the branches of the trees that I climbed into the tailgate of the truck with a ladder to pluck from the branches of the tree.
I picked two large tubs full of these little beauties.
We will have apricot sauces, pies and cobblers this Fall and Winter that I am so looking forward to sharing with my family as we sit around the fireplace to stay warm while it snows outside.
To the Moon Bracelet - Purchase Here
A bracelet made from a silver butter knife with one of my favorite proclamations of love. Who do you love to the moon and back?