Category Archives: Orchard

The Dig Site

Our property has a hill rising up behind the house. The backside of the hill is probably the warmest spot here as the sun hits it at a nice angle. This is where Xander has made his dig site.

Xander digging.

This spoon ain't cutting it, I want a trowel!

Worf helping to dig.

At first he was just excavating rocks but now he likes to bring his cars and a bucket of water up to play with in the dirt. It gets pretty dirty but he sure has fun.

Washing the cars.

Putting more dirt on the cars.

Mud on his face.

We had several wonderfully sunny days last week and we spent the mornings up there. Xander digging and playing with his cars while our dogs, Poppy Seed, McCoy, and new pup Worf raced around him.

I want to build a comfy storage bench up there. A nice under the seat cubby to keep some digging toys, balls for the dogs, and a comfy cushion. That way I’d only have to make one trip carrying our snacks and his bucket of water versus the multiple trips with toys, camp chairs, etc…

Snack time!

Tired doggies.

Have I mentioned that Worf is a chewer?

Do you have any special places in your yard?

Cherry blossoms!

The other morning Ryan went out early for a walk in the orchard and when he came back he asked if I had noticed that the cherry tree was blooming? Nope, hadn’t noticed it even though you can see it from the kitchen window! Since it turned out to be such a lovely day, Xander and I went out to see the cherry tree that afternoon.

Xander crawling

Let's go Momma!

Cherry Tree

Look at all the cherry blossoms!

Cherry tree

They're so pretty.

Xander didn’t want to stop at the cherry tree and kept on exploring.

Xander crawl

Just crawling along.

Xander walking

I can walk now!

Xander sit

But the grounds really uneven so I think I'll just sit.

cherry tree

Just exploring.


Checking out the dirt...


and the tall grass...


and some neat moss.

We had lots of fun exploring our hill and can’t wait until there are yummy cherries to eat!

Nature Crawl

We finally had a sunny day here last Monday and Xander decided to go on a crawlabout.


"I'm going exploring"

Xander with leaf

He examined leaves

Xander with little rock

and rocks.

big rock little rock

Big rock, little rock.


"Must you take my photo?"

Xander moving

Let's explore elsewhere.

Xander with rocks

Look, 2 rocks, 1 hand!

Xander with tree branch


Xander looking up tree

"What ya doing Daddy?"

Ryan in tree

Ryan showing Xander how to climb.

Xander amazed

"Wow, I didn't know you could climb trees!"

Sleeping Xander

All worn out now, must sleep.

It was a beautiful day and we all enjoyed spending time outside. While Xander got in some good exploring, we cut back Scotch Broom and pruned some of the fruit trees. Have I mentioned how much we love having this property?

Taking a stroll in our orchard

Yesterday Poppy Seed, McCoy, Xander, and I took a stroll up our hill to the orchard. The grass needs to be cut back and the trees pruned. Not sure if we’re even going to keep the trees. We have to read more about them. The trees are covered with lichen and that makes me think they aren’t very healthy. The fruit is all small and bug infested. Of course a good pruning and some organic matter might fix all that, don’t really know.

The Xander Bear

The Xander Bear

Xander under an apple tree checking things out. There was a big garter snake under the tree but it slithered away before I could get a photo of it.

Checking out the view.

Checking out the view.

Hey, this grass stuff tickles!

Hey, this grass stuff tickles!

Some of the fruit trees. We have apple, cherry, and pear trees. No cherries right now.

Little red apples.

Little red apples.

Fuzzy branches, just doesn't seem healthy to me.

Fuzzy branches, just doesn't seem healthy to me.

Little pear.

Little pear.

Did I mention the grapes? We have a ton of them!

Did I mention the grapes? We have a ton of them!

The dogs really love exploring the place. I’m so glad they finally have a yard to run around in.

The grass is taller than Poppy Seed!

The grass is taller than Poppy Seed!

Some is even taller than McCoy!

Some is even taller than McCoy!

Poppy exploring.

Poppy exploring.

McCoy covered in seeds, much better than being covered in yellow jackets!

McCoy covered in seeds, much better than being covered in yellow jackets!