|Thistle Down and Black Walnuts|
Yes, I suppose I am obsessing. Have 5 or 6 more five gallon buckets full to hull and dry. And after spending 2 hours with a hammer cracking them to win barely a cup of nut meats, I ponied up $40 and bought a purpose built nut cracker. I spent an hour learning to use it, and I think I will be able to shell 2 cups or so of nut meats an hour after a little practice. Yay! Black walnuts for baking this winter. And maybe some to give away. At $20 a pound or so on Amazon, I should make back my $40 this season.
|Tiny Red Spider among the floating bubbles of Morning Dew.|
One of the reasons I am so slow at stomping on walnuts (to husk them) and putting them into my bucket is because I am always distracted by some little insect or, in this case, a tiny arachnid. Less than 1/4 inch long, this little red spider is a marvel of industry. The whole web is about 5 inches across, and covered in morning dew.
|Last of the Summer Basil.|
I feel bad that with all the abundance of Basil that we had this year, I did not put more up for winter stews and spaghetti sauce. But, I did dash out on the evening before our first hard frost and gather up a few trays to dry. I also got a tray of lemon balm, Melissa Officinalis, to dry to add to tea this winter.