First Encounters


The East Gate

Tasking myself to be practical and take a look over the area before daring to get excited about any restoration,  my two dogs and me burrowed a narrow pathway through the dense growth to the other end of the garden to look at the orchard.

As I peered through the soft grasses which stood about 7 feet high,  I could see  fruit trees completely entwined struggling against the power of the undergrowth to get light and warmth. But despite their struggle, the apple trees were laden with fruit, although I couldn’t see any plums or pears. The shrubs and roses were completely overwhelmed growing only at their very tops.


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