odin was climbing in this a totally awesome big ol’ tree climbing tree across the street from butch vig’s parent’s place and i couldn’t help but wonder if maybe he scaled it as a young kid while dreaming of producing records.
the crazy, wacky, warm spring has brought out the peach tree blossoms mighty early this year which bums me out after The Transformative Power of A Real Peach ( and a little heavy whipping cream ) last year.
so, chances are we’ll have a few more hard frosts between now and then. will The Delicate Peach Blossoms survive?
odin has veeeeery specific ideas about what should go where on a tree. i’d like to think that now that he has his very own tree we might have a little more leeway with the main family tree.
riiiiiiight, uh huh.
’tis the season for hunting christmas trees! we’ve been going to our favorite local farm, snowy ridge in westby, wisconsin since 2006 when odin wasn’t big enough to do much but help pick out the tree. ( our adventures in 2007 and 2008 must be on a harddrive somewhere, but i did manage to post 2009 and 2010 which are great walks down memory lane. )
this year odin attempted once again to help me cut down the tree. he put in a good effort, but eventually had to relinquish the saw to his old man. maybe next year 🙂
this is the first year odin asked for his own tree. if one is good, two must be twice as nice?
ya sure, ya betcha!
is there a better way to celebrate getting two trees? i think not.
to this day, i have no idea how they manage the insurance for a zipline which ends in a massive treehouse.
i still have plans to build The World’s Most Awesome Treehouse, but the bar has been raised high.
the perfect closer to a perfect christmas tree hunting adventure? hot chocolate and cookies in a warming house with a cracking wood fire!
thanks for the memories, snowy ridge.
as best as i can tell, the only difference is the balloons. seriously considering some small design changes for next near to make them a little more peach-like – smaller and peachier and a little firmer of a balloon so you can increase the air pressure so they really POP!
we’ve pulled about 70 or 80 peaches off the tree which is really incredible considering the fact that we pruned the tree so far back in the spring that i thought we wouldn’t get any fruit at all this year ( the typical recommendation is to not prune more than 30% of the tree and after not pruning for a few years we decided to take off more than 60% ).
i’ve had some people ask what type of peach tree we planted. looking back, i see it was a reliance peach tree, which is supposedly the most cold hardy peach available and definitely suitable for wisconsin and minnesota. it’s primarily considered a “canning” peach but i think it tastes Just Grand right off the tree. red havens are also cold hardy and i hear some folks claim they are better tasting off the tree ( hard to imagine how that is possible ).
to get the best of both worlds, i think we might try grafting a red haven on to our tree, although it looks like it might take some skill to get it to take.
any and all grafting advice would be mightily appreciated.
you see that smile? that’s odin’s “okay, really, poppi knock off taking pictures and lend a hand” smile 🙂
we ended up not being able to find peach colored balloons for decoys, but who knows maybe white ones will do the trick.
the squirrels seem to be avoiding fruit near the balloons.
maybe it’s time for a kickstarter project to develop realistic looking ripened peach balloon decoys!
odin demonstrates his latest Tree Swing Acrobatique freestyle moves on The Most Super Awesomest Tree Swing.
i really can’t figure out how he’s able to pretzel in and out of the move – over and over again without getting himself tangled in a knot.
also, i don’t believe i’ve ever had the upper body strength required to do it once, little less over and over again.
if it’s not obvious from the somewhat blurry photos, the tree swing is carving out a 30+ foot while he’s doing this.