>Saturday morning and we were surprised by the clear blue skies and soft breeze. It was not going to stay that nice so everyone piled in to their jobs determined to make the best of the day. Our dour expectations were fully justified. The rain held off, for which we were all grateful, however the wind picked up through out the morning until is was blowing us across the field as we worked, although you could say it was gently assisting us in the right direction.
Just after lunch Sue, Trenderway’s housekeeper, came to visit with her grandchildren who all planted a tree each.
Jacquie showed them the graft onto the root stock and explained how carefully each tree had to planted, with the roots gently surrounded with earth and graft kept about 4 inches above the soil.
Perhaps the most unusual picture of the day is that of Ben, our farmhand, throwing himself enthusiastically into the job of hammering the stakes into the ground. Usually camera shy we managed to snap him while he was unable to twist away. The implement in his hands is actually rather heavy and takes a certain knack to use effectively.