For several years now I have been cultivating a pair of wild Plum trees growing in the hedgerow. I also planted several planted several cultivated Plum Trees six or ten years ago, each of which has contracted the Black Knot disease and died down to the natve, ungraftred stock which, like the wild Plums, is resistant to the Black knot. Several of these trees have come back strong from the roots so I have planted a couple more Plums grafted on Black Knot resistant root stock, from which I will someday cut scions to graft onto the old stock, and onto the Wiuld Plums. Meanwhile, the wild Plums I have bneen cultivating have flowered and born fruit, and recently I returned to them wanting to try the fruit and they were all gone. Stolen maybe by the desperate poor, the Arab State, Possums, or Racoons. But I don't know why the Coons or Possums would do that .... we feed them so well otherwise. We'll get by.
I lived my first six years in Natural Bridge New, York, a village of about five hundred in the foot hills of the NW Adirondacks, and was joined there by my imaginary brother William shortly before we moved to Ithaca, in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York State. I studied language, truth, and fiction writing there at Cornell University, then taught briefly in Puerto Rico, then returned and taught writing at Cornell for two years, and for the eternity after that, have worked as an independent handy man, roofer, general contractor, and consultant, writing all the time, publishing some of the time, lately publishing mostly on my websites and my imaginary brother's blog..... linked over there on the page. I now live near Aurora, New York, (population also about five hundred, but no mink farmers, log rollers, or Talc miners) on a homestead with two dogs and twenty beloved chickens, more than half of them roosters. The big project here is top-grafting, a few acres of wild pear trees to convert them into a dozen different regular and new cultivars, while interplanting with other fruit trees and perenial crops, and keeping the roosters from clear-cutting the asparagus.