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READY FOR THE HARVEST
Lift up your eyes and look
They were splattered all over the ground. A goodly amount of plums, bruised and split, had fallen from a magnificent Santa Rosa plum tree. I had ventured out into the full heat of summer only to be met by the plum disaster between my next door neighbor and me.
"What a shame," I thought, "to lose these wonderfully tart-sweet fruit because no one is here to pick them!" The birds had already feasted on the really ripe ones. Yet, there were still many on the tree ready for the picking. Who would brave the hot summer heat to reach up high and pick the ripest, before they drop, neglected?
Harvesting fruit is hard work I was soon to discover. In place of a ladder to climb, I found a long adjustable stick with a basket attached at the top. It was meant originally to replace a burned-out ceiling light bulb. In its place, a basket cups around the desired fruit, and with a twist, is released from the branch, dropping the fruit into the cup and then into a waiting bucket.
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