Friday, July 24, 2015

Masked Bandits

Last week, the peaches were so close to being ripe, and their sweet aroma filled the air around the tree. Leah and I were going out every day to check them, anticipating the harvest and putting them up. The tree was loaded with peaches, and while some were being damaged by insects, there were still a lot that looked great. It was our best looking peach year so far!


But then last Friday night while we unsuspectingly slept, masked bandits raided the tree and helped themselves to the vast majority of the crop! While they were rather cute little bandits, deterring future visits was a must . . .

One of the little bandits . . . this one was only half-grown and let me get pretty close to it

Saturday evening after Dad and Mom got home from their trip and after we spent a couple of hours sharing with each other about our weeks, Dad and Leah got an electric fence put up around the tree. That did the trick of saving the remaining peaches for us!

The other day Leah made a delicious crisp with some of them, which was very much enjoyed, and we have been enjoying some fresh as well. The peaches are so sweet and flavorful! And while our harvest was a lot smaller than expected, we were glad for at least some peaches from the tree, and now we know how better to protect them next year!

6 comments:

  1. Naughty little things! So glad we don't have them here.
    Could you post the recipe for the peach crisp, do you think?

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  2. So sorry you are having a problem with the same culprits!! They are really a bother this year. Good you found a way to keep them at bay. They don't like electric fencing!! My camera is still set up, and we are still getting visits nightly! Well, at least you got some of the peaches. :-)
    Have a nice weekend, Sarah. ♥

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  3. They are naughty indeed, and intelligent, too! You have a lovely blog.

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  4. I would be more than happy to, Elizabeth! Watch for it soon. :)

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  5. They are, Mrs. Anne! Wonder why . . . it seems with how wet it has been there should be lots of frogs and things around for them to enjoy instead of chickens and peaches. And no, they certainly don't like the electric fence. Hopefully the nightly visits you've been having by them will end soon!

    Thank you! I did, and I hope you did, too!

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  6. They are for sure, Linda! Thank you. :) And welcome to my blog!

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