Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Nutty Weather

“And close at hand, the basket stood
With nuts from brown October’s wood.”
John Greenleaf Whittier; Snow-Bound

Now that we are almost done with the apples, we have been picking up nuts around here. I have hickory, butternut and black walnut on the property. Needless to say if you hear leaves moving you better get out from under the
tree…quick or get ice for the bump on your head! I also found a source of edible sweet chestnuts so have been grabbing some of them also. Well grabbing would be a bad idea as theyare painful.

The natives are in a race with me to see who can get to the nuts first. The deer have been coming down in groups to eat their way through the day’s droppings.

The squirrels which have been nearly invisible all summer now number 7 seen in one spot.

I have to keep Cooper out of the woods as archery deer season has started. If they can shoot a cow by mistake then they can shoot a 150 red dog.

Yesterday we had a day without rain! I know you are as shocked as we
were! I ventured out into the garden and picked some lettuce which with literally the last cherry tomatoes became my lunch.

I picked the one neck pumpkin the garden produced, the one Long Island Cheese the garden produced and one of the "can't remember what I planted and too lazy to go find the garden chart" squash. There are five more CRWIPATLTGFC squash left in the garden which are bigger.

Remarkably this squash that did almost nothing all summer is covered in blossom. Tonight I will have to cover them because the forecast states..."Temperature...lows as low as the mid 20's are possible in colder rural valleys. Lows of 30-35 are expected at higher elevations and in more urbanized areas." But during the day for the next week it will be sunny (read no rain) and in the 70's. You have to take the good with the bad so I ain't complainin'!

I have been trying to clear up lose ends as next week I will be busy. Hopefully I will be able to get a lot of knitting done too. We shall see.


cyndy said...

Love seeing the whitetail on your different looking from mine! (those eye rings...beautiful!)

Chestnuts you say! YUM!

Don't forget I'm holding a roo for you! (no pressure!) :-)

ps...did you light your stove yet?

Sandie Knapp said...

I am still waiting for my apples to ripen. Last year they were ready by now, but they never got as red as they are this year either. But since I know they are a very sweet apple, then it must be they are not ready, since they are still a little sour (great for baking though) and are not falling from the tree either. My Bosc pears are picked and I am just waiting for them to ripen. Yummm! Can't wait.