Monday, March 13, 2006

Gathering nuts in March

This weekend saw a big harvest of walnuts, a small harvest of almonds and some early quinces. I can hardly wait for the macadamias and chestnuts.

Saturday was a perfect autumn day of crisp morning melting into hot afternoon. I crawled around in the long grass finding nuts by feel in a sharply contrasted dapple light. Outside the shade of the trees was a molten golden sun illuminating the bees swirling around their nearby hives. On the other side of the orchard a wedding was taking place with lots of laughter and applause.

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