Most years, the deer get to all the fallen apples before it becomes an issue. This year, there are too many apples even for the deer to keep up with. I don't think that has ever happened before.
As usual, my efforts to protect the donkeys from themselves was not appreciated.
"STOP! Thief! Put those apples down Ma. Step awaaaay from the tree."
"You just come out of there real slow, apples in hand and no one has to get hurt."