a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Mighty Chestnut Tree

is a pain in my hands and my feet.  We had similar trees that grew wild years ago, the Chinkapin, Dad said they had a disease and died in our area.  He purchased an alternative, the Chestnut.
The tree almost appears prehistoric with the rough bark and saw toothed leaves.
This is a fully opened burr
and one containing the nuts.
I don't think anyone wants to go barefooted around these.

I picked up many burrs today.  I used tongs.  These stickers are scary and hurt like heck.  It was a sheer joy to start a fire with them.  I was more joyful burning the burrs than I was picking up the nuts.
Marcy is roasting them but not over an open fire.  She is using the dehydrator.
 I had trimmed some limbs earlier in the month and added them gleefully to the fire of chestnut burrs.
The fire burned low as Hubby bush hogged the valley 
The dogs patiently waited for me to play stick.

25 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

It's amazing that the chestnut is thriving, I'm impressed!

gld said...

I never knew anyone who had a chestnut tree. Very interesting. I did know of a fellow on the Ozark Gardenweb Forum who was looking for seeds or something regarding the disappeared Chinkapins of the Ozarks.

Your place is looking very tidy these days....amazing what some cleanup and hard work can do.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the chestnut tree is pretty. But, those burrs do look like they would hurt. I hope the dogs did not have to wait too long before playing stick. Enjoy your day!

Jo said...

Oh wow, Gail. That chestnut, its burrs are fruit are amazing. Yeah, I can see that the dogs cannot imagine why a human would want to do anything other than play stick! Your farm looks good. Greetings, Jo

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'd never seen the hull of a chestnut before. They do look painful.

Sandra said...

to funny, i just chose today to post my fire i got from you and here you have your fire on yours... i love the pic of the burr with the nuts inside. thanks for letting me play with your fire.. 2nd hand fire is less dangerous.... did you blast the stickers yet?

Country Gal said...

I love the fire photo . We have chestnut trees here and the squirrels love to bury the nuts all over the place lol ! Thanks for sharing ,have a good day oh and Happy First Day Of Fall/ Autumn .

DeniseinVA said...

I read that the chestnut tree was the most prevalent tree at one time in America but that a disease killed most of them off. It was lovely reading about this one and I enjoyed all your photos. Never heard of it having burrs but I do remember eating roasted chestnuts when I was a child growing up in England. Great post Gail.

Lynne said...

Barefoot around those babies would not be good!
Interesting, your dad planted Chestnut AND Walnut trees? Any other "nutty" trees?

Lowcarb team member said...

I love chestnut trees ...
I like all trees, so important for the well-being of us all.

I'm sure the dogs were rewarded with their wait.

Have a lovely Wednesday.

All the best Jan

Sandy said...

Barefoot isn't something you don't want to do with all those burr's on the ground. I bet they produce all kinds of smoke when thrown in the fire. All kinds of clearing on your property, looking good!!!

Arkansas Patti said...

Yikes, hoped you abandoned your flip flops for some nice boots.
"Under the spreading chestnut tree. The village smithy stands" They have been around long enough to inspire poetry if not bare feet.

Crystal Collier said...

I've never roasted chestnuts, but I would love to try it and hear them pop. It's never too late to start ticking off that bucket list, eh?

Linda Kay said...

Like Crystal, I've never roasted a chestnut, and I definitely would not like the casings for the nuts from the tree!

Inger said...

I remember the smell of everyone burning old branches in the fall from long ago. Of course, here in our dry state that is not allowed. I saw that Sandra did with you photo and was amazed. I know she had a ball with it.

Debbie said...

chestnuts always remind me of christmas!!! we are not allowed to have outdoor burns here!!!

Karen S. said...

Oh goodness, you know where my thoughts wandered off to? Right here,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhzxQCTCI3E

Hehehehe!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Your place is really looking good- you put me to shame for my laziness! We've been trying to build a dog waterer that our new puppy cannot jump and play in. So far, nothing is working. Have a great day!

DesertHen said...

Love chestnuts! Those burs do look wicked though! You've been busy!

LindaG said...

Do they make good fire starters? Makes you wonder why they developed such a proficient defense. Are they really that tasty? I always thought it was fuzz. Ha. Good thing I didn't touch.

I prefer pecans. Much safer. :-)

Thanks for sharing your day, Gail!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Interesting post, Gail. We have a lot of cedar trees. They always look aged and weatherworn. You don't want to be barefoot around them, either!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I love chestnuts! That's pretty awesome that you have a chestnut tree. I don't think I've ever seen one.

X said...

oh my. we used to have battles and throw them at each other. we were sick kids obviously

Sandy said...

That's exactly what the squirrels have been hiding outside around our light pole in the back on the property.....chestnuts.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I bet the dogs hate the burrs to:)

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