We spent some one-on-one, mamma-and-little-girl time with the fairy castle recently. It was wonderful…fulfilling and rejuvenating to be in a quiet woodland fairy world with my own little fairy and her large imagination.
In the yard next to the maple tree that is producing a bounty of truly spectacular fall foliage is a Black Walnut Tree that is producing a bounty of its own. Black Walnuts by the hundreds are laying all over the ground. They look innocent enough in the photo…but multiply by a thousand and put them right between the house and the garden and they are a broken ankle waiting to happen!! I hold my breath every time I watch my little ones go tearing across the lawn. They have a distinct smell even when green that likes to linger on hands…and once they start to ripen they turn into nasty little balls of black impossible stains!! So picking them all up has to happen in a very important window…after they are all off the tree so you don’t get pummeled while working…and before they turn black…!!! But this is all from a momma’s point of view.
From the little ones eyes they are a magnificent source of food for all her little squirrel friends!! The huge job of picking them up (which is not nearly done…!) was preceded by a long talk about squirrels…all about squirrels…and that they indeed would not starve! We dump every bucket of nuts into the hedgerow so they are definitely still accessible for all our bushy tail friends!!!
Ahh…the blessings and lessons of nature!!!
What has nature been teaching you lately?!?!?!