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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tangerines

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I love our tangerine tree.

It’s had its tough years- drought,neglectful owners (us), hail damage, age. 

It is at least 65 years old.

It was here long before we bought this house.

This winter though,  in spite of its ‘seen better days’ glory, it has produced the sweetest fruit.

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What is my favorite way to eat one?

Straight off the tree, peeled and eaten while walking my yard as I mentally plan what I’ll plant in February.

I rarely make it into the house without eating it first.

That is a heady combination for me-

my yard, walking and thinking,

and a sweet tangerine from an old friend.

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I hope you have something like that in your life too.



 

12 comments:

Theresa said...

I would love to walk beside you, eat one of those sweet treats, sit for a spell and talk, laugh and have a big hug:) Some day, perhaps... sigh! Have a blessed weekend, HUGS!

a quiet life said...

from one citrus lover to another i can so relate, but i was more surprised at 65 years, i have never really thought about the age of citrus before, since i planted mine over 20 years ago i just age with them, but yours has such a nice history~

The Tablescaper said...

Love that you eat it off the tree! It would be great to have you link to Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

That sounds so perfect to eat an orange right off the tree while walking around your garden. We don't have orange trees here, but I remember when we visited Florida that we couldn't get over how great the oranges tasted.

Leen said...

you are so lucky to have a tangerine tree! I bet it is beautiful when it flowers.
I have a little Mandarin Orange tree that I have to bring indoors for the winter. This is it's second year and while it hasn't flowered or produced any fruit it still looks better than it did last year when I left it outdoors too late. It got frosted and lost all its leaves and didn't grow any back until spring! We pretty much had a 5' high bare stick in the house all winter :)

Deb said...

What a cool tree to have

Julie said...

wow...would love to have any fruit tree in my yard. We planted plum trees in the yard of our first home the year before we moved. So, of course they didn't produced that year, but the next season as we were packing, they were producing...but not ripe..sigh...! We always could COUNT on having tangerines in our Christmas stockings. They are so sweet. I have now become attached to their seedless new cousin...Clementines. Oh my. Blessed you are!! :-) :-)

donna baker said...

Well now I know what it takes to make tangerines sweet. My first crop this year - they grew beautifully, I was so proud until I bit into one. Tasteless and not sweet. Big disappointment. No babying next year.

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Isn't that amazing 65 years old. It's just wonderful to walk out to your garden and have a delicious fruit! I loved this post. :)
Karen

Bliss said...

One time for a family trip to Florida we picked our vacation rental because it had fruit trees that we could pick from and eat. Growing up in California it brought back memories for me, and my cold weather climate, citrus loving family thought it was excellent.

Bliss

Jojo said...

You have a tangerine tree? That is so exciting!!!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

How special! Your photographs are so pretty, makes me want on!
Happy Monday!!!
Cindy

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