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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, June 30th, 2008 10:01 pm
cherry popped

So, this is a bit mysterious and kind of unsettling. My two cherries trees are missing all of their fruit.

This year crop ripened about two weeks late, due to a pretty unsunny May and a few uncharacteristically hot days thrown in, but there was a decent batch on my trees getting ready to be harvested this week. Last year, LJ friends helped me harvest about 60 pounds, and the year before, Lianne and I alone harvested about 40 pounds. Both years, there were still lots left in the upper branches, which the birds and squirrels took care of.

Yesterday, Nic picked a bowl full of what she could reach, which was probably only a few pounds, and even though the trees weren't nearly as heavy, I estimated there were probably about 20 pounds' worth left within ladder distance.

Tonight, after doing some yard work, I noticed that neither tree has a single cherry left on it.

The little critters that help themselves to the fruit usually sit on a branch and eat the cherry off the pit, which is why in past years the ground around the tree is completely covered with pits. But there are hardly any pits around. Instead, there are a bunch of leaves and some twigs, and higher up in the taller tree, I see signs suggesting someone was climbing around. I think my cherries, or at least a large portion of what was left, were picked by someone else.

I dunno, I hope I'm wrong. But it's incredibly disconcerting if I'm right. It took about a dozen people an hour or two to pick the crop last year, so that would have to mean someone knows my schedule well enough to come over and have enough time to pick the trees clean while I'm gone. Not a very comfortable thought.

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Current Mood: anxious anxious

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inkytwist
inkytwist
The Loch Ness Monster
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)

Aww... that's not very nice. :( Hopefully it's some rascally neighbor kid whose mom will make them apologize.


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polarbear
polarbear
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)

I was looking forward to seeing your picking announcement. I wanted to make some tarts and cherry vodka.

I'll bet it was a neighbor.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)

Well, that's even more unsettling.


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krazyfelioness
krazyfelioness
sarcastic bubblewrap
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)

eeek


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danger0usbeans
danger0usbeans
Dangerous Beans
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)

Is your house anywhere on here?
http://urbanedibles.org/browse


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)

Wow, cool ... and, nope.


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acadiabaird
acadiabaird
Acadiabaird
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
ha

love the cannibis one


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acadiabaird
acadiabaird
Acadiabaird
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 05:56 am (UTC)

bummer. that would creep me out too.....


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remix79
remix79
remix
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)

ZOMGGLOBALWARMING


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sistermaryeris
sistermaryeris
Bake, Love, Kickbox.
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)

WEIRD.

Aliens!


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bellybalt
bellybalt
Belly
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)

They've changed from cows to cherries!!


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plumeriastar
plumeriastar
plumeriastar
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)
How darn rude

Omg, that is appalling if someone did that, and by the sounds of things, that is exactly what happened. I think the critters would have to be in full force (and eat the pips) for them to take out that quantity in one day.

I'd be so pissed.

When Robert and I lived opposite a house with a bunch of old apple trees (that weren't picked) we knocked on the door and asked the elderly man's permission first (and baked him a pie in thanks). I can't imagine helping yourself, much less cleaning the tree.

Maybe you should post a sign that says "whoever stole the cherries from my trees - warning, those cherries were treated with a fungicide. If you've ingested the fruit, please take yourself to the hospital asap".


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thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 07:04 am (UTC)
Re: How darn rude

Some guy did that a few years ago with orange trees he had growing in his front yard because people would just blatantly pick the fruit and eat it. (I forget where this happened, but it was quite the controversy.)


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ysgawen
ysgawen
Ysgawen
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)

Members of the crow family, especially rooks, jackdaws and crows can strip a tree in under half an hour and will take the cherries whole. Birds are expert at judging when fruit is ripe and often take it before the humans get a chance. I'm sorry that you missed out, but with a rook totem, I feel a little thrill of delight when I hear of what sounds like a corvid feast.

I don't believe humans could have done it in the time and I don't think it would be worth their while to take the risk of getting caught for fruit they could more easily buy.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)

Whatever the black birds are around here, I've never seen them exhibit behavior en masse like that. In past years there'd be a dozen or so, max, on the upper branches only, and I'd never see any fly away with cherries.

Not to say that there's no possibility it happened as you suggest, but I do know that birds don't generally mash leaves around the base and onto the branches, or break off smaller branches, like someone climbing the tree would.


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40_ounce_bounce
40_ounce_bounce
Inigo Montoya
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)

It was probably the guy who's shifting the blame to the birds.

Actually, that sounds like a good explanation, and it restores that little bit of faith that I had in humanity, which makes me want to believe it.

Now, my ADD mind is causing me to imagine FOX 12 exclusives: "Birds: why do they steal our fruits? Are our shiny things next?"


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)

:)


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never_here
never_here
a gun and a pack of sandwiches
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)

What jerks!
Poor cherry trees.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)

There weren't nearly as many this year, so I think you would have been disappointed anyway.


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circumambulate
circumambulate
Circumambulate
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)

That's pretty lame. When I lived on Clinton street, there were always people stealing plants out of lawns. A guy down the street lost a Japanese Maple that was over 20 years old.


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luvsammy
luvsammy
Samalamity
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)

Dude! Cherry thieves! =(


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rougeforever
rougeforever
Liz
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)

Woah!

(Maybe it's to pay you back for the loud twitters?)


This is downright worrying I think. Little neighbourhood gits. Bloody people.

CCTV and an airgun.

I'm tutting as I type.


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