I think the squirrels should be doing well this coming winter as it appears we will have a world record acorn crop this year. Daily sweeping of the deck has already produced bucketfulls of the fruit. I've slipped on them several times. And the ricochet shots off the roof in the middle of the night were more than a little annoying. Still we love our white and burr oak trees. Almost as much as our beloved butternut..... The Juglans cinerea. It produces drooping clusters of sweet nuts which are used in baking. The oval kernel is tender with sweet, oily, buttery flavor. The butternut or white walnut is one of the hardiest nut trees. A North American native, the nut has a rich, buttery flavor used in baking, confections, and eating fresh. The attractive, light golden wood is used for paneling and furniture. Its nuts are also valuable as food for deer, squirrels, and birds. A few years ago early that fall I raked together the fallen nuts and placed them on the sun deck to air and dry. A few weeks later they were placed in a basket and left on the deck for further airing. My intention was to shell them around Thanksgiving time. Imagine my surprise when I checked on them later to find that every single one had disappeared! Who would sink so low as to take such an item from a person who had carefully gathered the harvest for the winter? I was appalled. I figured that the perpetrators had brought a box and dumped my treasure into it, leaving the basket as a sick reminder of their crime. To say I was ticked would be somewhat of an understatement. Reporting the loss of my nuts to the police or the insurance company didn’t seem to be the way I wanted to go either (he chuckles to himself). So life goes on and their were many other fall chores to finish. One task was to cut down a dead quaking aspen which loomed over my garden. Chain saw in hand I headed out into the woods. The tree was about 60 feet tall. Now aspen is a very soft wood but after I notched it and made the final base cut, it went down very quickly. Rather too quickly, I thought, until I realized the tree was hollow. And there to my huge surprise was the mother load of butternuts. All safely stored away for the winter. How sweet it was! I’m not a revengeful person at heart but property rights must be respected and these nuts were mine!Well, as they say, "all’s well that ends well." I used the vise in my workshop to crack open the nuts. They were so sweet. Not holding a grudge, I made sure the squirrels were well fed that winter with corn and sunflower seeds. Hmmm. Maybe I should go back and read the Count of Monte Cristo. Is revenge really a dish best served cold..?
Omg...that is hilarious! BUSTED, darn squirrel! He must have worked very, very hard to haul all of those nuts to that tree. Poor guy. :(ReplyDelete
What a fun post to read! Nuts! The squirrels were found out and you had the harvest you deserved.ReplyDelete
LOL Love the post, glad it wasn't about me HA! I would like those trees to be farther awayReplyDelete
I had butternut trees on my mind a couple of days ago. The neighbor at the old place had a butternut tree and it had been planted by an old guy I knew most of the years I lived there. On Tuesday while I was working on the house, the newer owner had hired someone to come and cut it down. New owners don’t really know the time and effort needed to get those trees to grow.ReplyDelete
That was fun to read. 😎ReplyDelete
I laughed out loud to think of your expression when that tree went over and you saw your treasure right there! Good thing you didn't call the cops. :-)ReplyDelete
Hi Troutbirder - what a fun post ... and yes I can imagine your surprise to find 'no nuts' ... but am glad you didn't call 999 or 911 - to pick you up off the ground at the shock! What fun ... and here the hazel nuts are being guzzled if there's anything in them ... sadly most are not viable. Take care - cheers HilaryReplyDelete
We can't think like a critter. That was a very surprising find.ReplyDelete
Oh I did enjoy reading this - twice. Most definitely a fun post. Thank you.ReplyDelete
This was a fun post. Loved that you discovered the lair but also pleased that you planned to supplement the squirrel's feed come winter. He really thought his bank account was solid till the crash.ReplyDelete
Great story! No need to feel even a tiny bit concerned about the thieving squirrel. It most likely didn't even remember where it hid those nuts in the first place.ReplyDelete
That's a good story -- with a happy ending! I've stored nuts to crack during the winter and found a worm in every single one. NOT such a happy ending!ReplyDelete
What a great story!ReplyDelete
I remember we had a butternut at my Grandma's house where I lived as a little kid. Don't remember eating them tho.....
Loved that story! I can imagine how puzzling that must have been when they disappeared. Haha! I'm getting tons of acorns too, although just from the scrub oak in my yard. They are smaller than your mighty oak ones and hard to rake up. But we must. Bring on the fall!ReplyDelete
very beautiful and so lovely work :) i like your good idea ,Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyDelete
Nice discovery! Finders keepers! :) Our squirrels aren't just gathering acorns. They're gathering up clusters of them. From the way they gather tirelessly everyday now, I wonder if we're in for a long, cold winter!ReplyDelete
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