We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Growing apple trees is not easy. Fifteen years ago I planted an orchard of about twenty trees. Since then the trees have suffered crown rot, Japanese Beetle infestations, White Fly infestations, Fire Blight, and attacks by Squirrels and Bears. This year I didn't get a single apple. I planted the orchard when apples got up to $1 per pound; They're more like $2 per pound now and I saw Ginger Gold apples going for $5 EACH. I'm ready to give up and admit failure.
Apples are a construct of the white male patriarchy and those with too many or an orchard will have them redistributed in the spirit of egalitarian equity.
There is a time for a spirit of mockery.
All size 20 clown shoe aside the Granny Smiths are a fave and the Washington State selections.
The series of tubes says GS is named after Maria Ann Smith who hit green with a chance seedling in 1868 Australia!
Homemade apple cider with a press is something the parents did in vintage/legacy America before the Long March burned everything down.
The story of Johnny Appleseed intrigued me when I was a child. I grew up in a time when even a 8 YO could be gone all day in the Summer without getting in trouble. But this requires that you are a forager. In addition to all the berries other edible and gardens I knew where every apple tree was in my extended neighborhood. I still find my self doing that. That is identifying trees and bushes that will bear edibles just for future reference. A few years back I picked a bag of apples from a tree that was undoubted part of an orchard decades ago but was on public land just a few feet from homes that probably were built over the orchard. Because the tree was uncared for it grew hundreds and hundreds of small apples and just about everyone of them had a worm. But I learned years ago that the worm destroys at most about 1/4th of the apple leaving the rest pristine. So I brought home some 30-40 small apples, peeled and cut out the wormy part and made a pie. Actually it was good. These weren't crab apples even though they were smaller than a billiard ball. They were a little sweet and just a tiny bit tart and perfect for apple pie. Now I live where orange and lemon trees grow and yes I still forage.
This is disturbing https://thesilicongraybeard.blogspot.com/ in the UK the vaccine was so effective that one in every 246 people that took the vaccine died within 60 days. One in every 73 was dead by May of 2022. Multi-millionaire Fauci unavailable for comment.