The past few months have been nuts for me. I barely manage to keep up with posting the daily 365 challenge. I'm frustrated that I cannot get to view the other blogs. I hope to catch up some time.
I had a couple of sports injuries and it has been very busy and challenging at work. The windy weather is a good metaphor for the stormy time in my life right now.
It will calm down, for sure, at the latest by Thanksgiving. I'll explain in the upcoming blog 323/365 "Special event in my life".
There are quite a few nut trees near my office and my home.
The Turkish filbert tree throws down this sea-urchin looking ball which contains 4-6 little hazelnuts. They are freaky alien looking husks which do not open before they leave the tree. The tree bears fruit only every 2-3 years.
Most of the outer husks of the walnuts have opened while on the tree. I'm not sure which variety of German walnut it is: either the Weinsberger Walnuß or the Weinheimer Walnuß.
It was very windy on the weekend. As we were walking along the path on Sunday afternoon, the walnut trees started pelting us with nuts.
The branches were swaying quite violently in the strong wind which caused the nuts to be flung with strong acceleration as if the tree was taking aim to hit us. It was literally raining walnuts all around us.
In the night to Monday, we had gale-force winds and at first light on Monday morning I headed over to the walnut trees and gathered up 3-4 kilos before going to work. I use an old dishwasher rack to allow air to circulate so that they can properly dry over the next couple of months.
I opened one shell to check the quality - looks good.
The chestnuts are just now coming into season.