climbing tree

Do you have a favorite climbing tree from your childhood? Mine was a pear tree in the front yard of the home my dad built for our family. I remember hanging from my knees on one branch in particular for long periods of time. (That explains a lot!) I also remember that climbing up was easier than climbing down. Of course I wish I had a picture of that tree, but the only one in my childhood archives is when it was a mere sapling.

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The opposite was the case with the Macys’ apple tree when they moved here 33 years ago. That already-very-old tree quickly became a playhouse and a playground, each kid “owning” his/her own branch. Their photo albums hold many pictures of the tree, holding one or the other of the three…

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…but mostly John.

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I tried to take matching pictures, but the tree has evolved in 33 years, and only a few uniquely shaped limbs are recognizable.

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Like this one, for example (photo taken today).

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If Rachel didn’t live in Philadelphia, I’d ask her to pose on that limb for this site.

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Circa 2013. When a recording studio was added to the house in 1983, Margaret-Rose’s only requirement was that it didn’t interfere with the integrity of the apple tree. And you can see it’s still going strong thirty years later.

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Bonus pic:

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Photos of apple blossoms are a dime a dozen. I found page after page of them at Google images. But there’s something unique about this one, taken a couple of days ago (no blue sky today). This blossom is glamorizing our gravenstein tree, offering us not only a reminder that spring is just around the corner (even though the calendar claims it has already arrived) but the promise of pie filling.

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