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Jake’s tree.

Branches drooping from weight of berries

Jake’s Grave

Everything is not quite ripe but this weekend for sure.

Thousands of sweet berries

Every branch is covered

A berry lover’s dream.

It is by far the oldest and largest. My dog Jake is buried under it and now there is a shoot of this tree growing from his grave. On top of his gravestone, several mulberries have fallen. I think he’d enjoy this because when the ripe berries would fall, he’d roll in them and my red golden retriever would turn purple from all the juice. He spent hours laying in the shade of this tree. We buried him in the late Summer of 2005. 2006 was a drought year and we didn’t have many berries at all. Last year was a little better but this is the most berries I’ve seen on this tree in 40 years or so. So many berries the branches are drooping from the weight. The birds are happy. Pretty sure Jake would be too. I’ll be making jelly on Sunday.



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Jul. 1st, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
What a lovely memorial.
Jul. 1st, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Just seemed like everything had come full circle when I saw the tree growing up out of his grave.

Jul. 2nd, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Aww Jake! I'm glad I got to meet him before he went. He was a sweetie!!
Jul. 2nd, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
Yes, he was my buddy. I've not gotten another dog yet. No one else could compare.

Jul. 2nd, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
how wonderful. I'm not sure I remember what mullberries taste like.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
They don't taste like anything else really. Just sweet. They don't have the tartness that raspberries do. Some people don't like them for jam because when you pick them this little stem stays attached and hard to pick out. So I just crush and juice them for jelly or mix the juice with other berries for jam.

Jul. 2nd, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Wonderful tribute.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Lots of things remind me of him around the farm. I still find frisbees of his in the woods. Some he took back there and some the coyotes stole from him.

Jul. 2nd, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Mmmm... Yum!
Jul. 2nd, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
I was covered in purple juice on Sunday.

Jul. 3rd, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
I've never seen so many berries! Jake has the most perfect resting place.
Jul. 3rd, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
All the trees are loaded but none more than this one. I have to think he has something to do with it. He can see the whole barnyard from here.

Jul. 3rd, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
How incredibly beautiful.

Jul. 3rd, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I really meant it to be a post about the berries but I apparently waxed poetic about Jake.

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