I really thought Tom’s Dad, who very kindly let us plant the 18a Orchard on his farm, was playing a joke on me by sticking an apple on to one of our tiny little saplings when I walked across the field to check out the orchard the other day. But he wasn’t – our trees are really growing fruit! All on their own!

I thought I’d have to wait much longer to see the fruits of our labours (awful pun intended). But they’re less than a year old and already growing apples and plums! (Not on the same tree, obviously.) Can’t wait until next year!