John Pye Auctions Weekly Story – ‘Apple Scrumping’

At my farm, I worked hard on growing barley, helped by a local lad called Lewis Hill, who would come up every evening to lend a hand.

He was a lovely lad and every night during that first summer he would arrive with an apple in his hand. One day he brought me one, which was lovely.

Then he told me he was getting them from my next door neighbour, by sneaking through my hedge and pinching them from Wilf’s tree. I was shocked and told him not to bring any more, as I didn’t want any part of that. I thought that was the end of it. And it certainly was, until one night we were sitting outside and Lewis said he fancied an apple.

I told him not to sneak off, but he was strong-headed and bobbed through the hedge to scrump himself one of Wilf’s lovely green Granny Smith’s.

It was then I heard some sniggering followed by what sounded like screeching, a noise like a brick being rubbed on something. Then Lewis came back out and he was laughing hysterically. He said he thought Wilf must be on to us as he had put a slate under the tree which announced: THESE APPLES ARE FOR THE HARVEST FESTIVAL.

‘Well, Lewis said: ‘I’ve gone one better on him! I picked up another slate, hung it up and wrote: ALL IS SAFELY GATHERED IN!’


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