I love Fall. I love the leaves. I love the smell of the wood the guy burns next door. I love the cool air and the walnuts falling from the trees. Ever since I moved here, like 5 years ago, I’ve been picking them up. I used to do it all on hands…and knees. We have a few walnut trees in our yard. Our home is 50 years old and the trees are much older. Our largest walnut tree, shades our deck and is home to an awesome rope swing and a ton of squirrels. We call it the beast. Every other year, it over produces walnuts. You can’t walk outside without twisting your ankle. Plus, I have this thing for straightening things up. So I guess that’s why I like collecting them. My way of cleaning up nature.
I have received as much as $300 for walnuts before. I do our yard, the guy’s yard next door and my in-laws on the other side of us. I also take our riding mower and the little trailer and head down to the walnut fairy forest around the corner from our house. I picked up forty-two, 5 gallon buckets of walnuts. I gathered most of them today! What a great day to be outdoors.
Whenever I’m out picking up the walnuts, I think of all the people, that are stuck inside, in a cubicle someplace, wearing nice clothes while I’m out in my sweats and old tennis shoes enjoying the day. It’s hard work. You have to have a lot of walnuts in order to get much cash. It’s also a dirty job. After you store them, they get all nasty, and this icky sludge accumulates in the buckets. Milk crates work the best, so do burlap sacks, they let the air circulate. Last year, my husband bought me one of those walnut picking tools. It’s like a big basket, on a stick. Reminds me of a pregnant paint roller. No more bending over!
Sometimes, I don’t like this tree. It drops big limbs. And walnut trees are really messy. Leaves. Stems. Sticks and walnuts! But, I hate to think of it not being there. We’d miss the shade it provides for our western facing backyard. I’d miss gathering her nuts. I’d like to know how old our beast is. This tree reminds me of the Ents in Lord of the Rings. I purchased this cool tree face from my friend at the Urngarden. Now our tree, really is Ent-like! She creaks and groans and gives me extra cash this time of year!