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  1. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    It's walnut season, those delightful treats are falling from the trees in abundance and are ready to harvest.

    You must be careful of course that you do not stray onto private property while gathering the nuts and your head is full of date and walnut cake or waldorf salad.

    The harvest can be collected freely from public areas, roads that run alongside walnut groves where overhanging branches have dropped their fruit. Some councils plant walnut trees to border car parks, public squares or lining avenues and some just grow wild.

    An afternoon walk can bring you home with such bounty. However, as i have just discovered it is important to know the difference between a walnut and dog poo.
     
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  2. PruePhillip

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    I presume this is America?
    We don't have that in Australia. In fact seasons are not that distinct here.
    We don't use the term "fall" and there's little snow. Trees are evergreen.
    It's just a sightly cooler "winter" and a long hot fire season called summer.
    There's wattle in the autumn, which is our September.
    It's kind of boring. But we must have the world's most beautiful greens
    in our "bush" as compared to the drab monotone green of northern
    hemisphere forests.
     
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  3. ChristineM

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    No, france. And falling from trees means dropping, not autumn. In America they have adopted the word to mean autumn (English) or
    l'automne (french)

    Funny you talk of greens, i have been fascinated ever since moving here into a fairly densely forested valley that every week, sometimes by the day that the forest is different. From defoliated woodland with a few evergreens, to a bright green of new growth to the lively green of new leaves which darken through the summer. Different species of tree have different leaves in coverage, shape and colour. Over the last 6 weeks i have watched the of patch of brown, gold, orange and red appear and the first few leaves fall from the trees. Next month the falling leaves will resemble a snowstorm before we are back to defoliated, bare woodland peppered with patches of dark green evergreens, moss of various colours the north side of trees.
     
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    Unfortunately, I'm blessed with many walnut trees.
    The dang nuts are dangerous....took out son's truck windshield a couple weeks ago.
    And it's like walk'n on golf balls in me yard !!!!
    Still, I gather up bushels of'm to give to a codger who makes walnut fudge.
    Did you know that you can tap the trees for sap to make walnut syrup?
    And they put out a substance in the soil (juglone) which kills some plants.
     
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    That's pretty cool.
     
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  6. ChristineM

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    They can be dangerous little buggers when shot out from the wheel of a moving car (or shot from a catapult). There are plenty on the roads just now. Last year one made a chip in the windshield of our old runabout.

    Didnt know about juglobe, perhaps thats why councils like to use them, to save on gardening costs.

    Fudge, never thought of that, may give it a try
     
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    Does that include 'black' walnuts?
    A few years ago the city was inspecting all trees during a long horn beetle invasion and were checking my 175 yr old maple tree. On the property line there is a small garage with a metal roof and a loud thump was heard, I explained it was only the 'pignut' tree. I was quickly corrected by the tree experts that the tree was actually a 'black' walnut tree. In season, which is now, and falling in abundance on the metal roof, it sounds like golf ball size hail as they bounce off the roof into my yard and raise havoc with the lawn mower.
     
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    That's just nuts!!!
     
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  9. ChristineM

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    Marked it funny because there us no predictable frube ;-)
     
  10. ChristineM

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    Not black ones, they are american. I hear the flavour of the black ones is better but yer basic European walnut will have to do.
     
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  12. pcarl

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    Interesting. I love walnuts. Also interesting, my first dining table was 'black' walnut.
     
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    I hate that walnuts are the last tree to leaf
    out in the spring, but the first to drop leaves
    in late summer.

    Try substituting those spendy pine nuts for
    cheaper walnuts next time you make pesto.
    It goes well with sweet basil.
     
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    Our dining room table is walnut.
    We bought it at an auction 40 years ago.
    It was made around 1840-50 or so.
     
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    I've no walnuts around here, only a few hazelnuts on my property. Hazelnuts come in 3 kinds: unripe, hollow and those that the squirrels take.
     
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    Hmmm....kinds of walnuts here....
    - Windshield assaulters
    - Footing destabilizers
    - Roof denters
    - Driveway pancakes
    - Insect havens
    - Squirrel (aka "tree rats") bait
    - Found in pesto & fudge
     
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    Must be beautiful. Mine was purchased in 1961 and at the time was a 'contemporary' style, beautiful, open to a banquet size table. The drawback, it was a 'delicate', oiled finish and where the kids played games even up through the
    original Dungeons & Dragons game, Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game. It was first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc.. The game has been published by Wizards of the Coast since 1997. It was derived from miniature wargames.
    The table also served as a meeting place for our Cub Scout den etc. Lots of memories! Unfortunately, I was talked into giving it up by a well meaning relative who gave us a table in 'perfect' condition. Where I used to sit 16 with elbow room now its a crowded eight. Sorry for venting.
     
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    Ours expands too.
    I refinished the top with tung oil, & it's holding up well....also easy to touch up.
    I did not refinish any other part because that would...
    - Be too much work.
    - Isn't so visible.
    - Preserves originality.
     
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    That's fine with my dog, he catches the squirrels. Given a choice I'd rather have to pick up the nuts.
     
  20. ChristineM

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    Going to try that
     
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