Saturday, September 6, 2008

Acorn Bombs!

Acorn Bombs you ask? Let me explain this fall phenomonen.

Each spring our lovely Oak trees bloom, drop huge blossoms in our gutters and then produce bucketfuls of acorns for the wildlife-mostly the deer to eat.

Last year due to the late frost we didn't have any acorns so I had forgotten about the dangers of walking outside when they start to drop.

This year has been a bumper crop for them.

About a week or so ago, they started dropping. We'd be sitting in the living room watching TV and hear them dropping on the roof like hailstones. Thunk, Thunk, Thunk.

Yesterday with the wind and the rain we had, many of the little acorn bombs fell. It was a bit 'dangerous' to walk out to the car that was parked under a tree. Those little suckers kinda sting when they drop 50 ft and land on you.

I get a little gunshy when I hear leaves rustling from an acorn that is bouncing on it's way down to the ground. This morning I stopped and watched a double acorn drop 5 feet in front of me. That would have left a mark I'm sure :)

Our deck is covered with the husks and nuts, it's a bit tricky to walk out there in stockings or barefeet. You learn to walk softly so if you do by chance step on one, you don't bruise your foot. Mike hasn't learned to do that trick yet! :) evil laugh.

Walking out in the grass is another matter. They are hidden landmines and it's just best that you wear shoes during this time of year.

The woods are covered in acorns now and part of our woods looked to have a layer that was 2 inches deep. The deer are going to be eating good until the first snow falls.

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