On the 22nd. of September, we decided to head to James bay on Prevost island, Darcee had mentioned that there were lots of apples on the trees in the old orchard.
So, away we went, again a beautiful, sunny day!! Its just a short piece to Prevost island, and we didnt have enough wind to put up any sails.
James bay is one of the best bays for secure anchoring, the bottom is black , very sticky mud, the bay is well protected from SE wind, but NW comes straight into it, you could easily stay in a big wind, as long as you have enough chain out and you are prepared to bounce up and down from the waves!!!
I love going there , the bay is surrounded by lovely walks ,one of them leads around the water and ends up at the light house.
There is a large eagle nest there and its a great spot to take photos of your boat down below!
on the right side of the bay is the Provincial park, with a primitive campsite, the site is situated on the old apple orchard.
The trees are mature, they have been there a long time, are in need of pruning, but boy do they still produce apples!!!!
They are just beautiful, green with a red blush, crisp and sweet!!!
Lots of folks had been picking already, but not all of them had a tall husband like i have!!! Bert is 6’4″,and could easily reach the big , beautiful apples up high!!
( he did use the boat hook, for the ones way up there)
We picked two bags, one for us, one for our friend Margo,and there still were enough for lots of other folks.
The outskirts of the orchard are surrounded by Hawthorn trees, this year they are loaded with berries, just tons of them, i believe there are so many because it has been so dry, i think these trees thrive on that.
The berries are a gorgeous deep red, and once the leaves are all gone, they make a wonderful decoration at Christmas time.
Part of the old forest is still standing,large Chestnut,Maple and Douglas fir, the island is privately owned but the owners are at least not cutting these trees.