Sunday, August 12, 2007

windfall




It's the time of year I spend my evenings whiling away the hours in the apple trees.....It's not what you think. Erase the image of the dreamy ,English country-side , Jane-Austen vision you may have. The hammock sways empty.
It's me on a slippery, mossy slope bent like an ancient woman picking up the bruised windfall apples.
These little knobby gems pelt down from the sky with the rustling of the slightest breeze....easily filling bucket upon bucket. The day awaits that I will be beamed in the head by one of these emerald orbs.
And like Snow White... why, oh why can I not resist the temptation to taste one of these sour treats? They trick me every year with their plump apple-y appearance.....only to leave me with a sour-puss that only years of botched face lifts could achieve.

So why the self inflicted torture of collecting these crabbies you may ponder? I suppose it's the thought of all those little sour pretties being left unwanted that bothers me. Or perhaps the happy squeals of the pigs when they see me coming with a brimming bucket of windfall goodies.

9 comments:

gusgascoigne said...

Try making cyder,55years ago my wife was a herdswoman on a farm in Devon UK, she is now on an Art course for a week ,your interests are similar.

diane said...

oh those lucky little piggies! i feel sorry for fruit uneaten...i figure it's only purpose in it's little life is to bring us joy and be eaten...so your paintings keep them living forever... and yes, i still believe the stuffed animals get up in the middle of the night and have a party...

Linda said...

Yup, I'm sure the girls enjoyed their feast! Linda

Flea Market Queen said...

I find picking up the apples inviting...I would love to have a "chore" like that! Here in the busy city I live in there is not an apple tree to be seen, much less pigs! Enjoy...

paige said...

the paintings you are using for bounty are just breathtaking!!
i love the sofa & the red chair especially.
makes my day when i see new ones either on jen's site or your web site!!
xo
oh yes, congrats on the exciting art gallery

wendy said...

You have a talent for writing as well as painting! I am certainly no English major but I appreciate and admire your poetic style.
Thanks for the inspiration always.
Hoping to make it to Warwick.

Lisa Kaus said...

Love those green apples- yum!

Diane Duda said...

Perhaps it's the beautiful artwork that they inspire!

Those lucky pigs! :)

Di

tampa0503@yahoo.com said...

I can't believe those old Crab Apple trees are still there!