The Acorn Returns!

Fall is hands down, my favorite time of year.  With the weather cooling down and that tidal wave of color that takes over it just makes me smile! There is one thing that will make this year a bit trickier and that is the return of the acorn. We have had two years of no acorns and one day as I was working I heard that familiar pop on the back deck and sure enough the acorns were starting to fall off the giant oak trees that surround us.  At some point in time it is much like walking on marbles and if you don't watch your step you can take a nasty fall.  I will put up with it though and look forward to the incredible beauty that fall brings every year.

Acorns

Oh Acorns!

Once again, my favorite time of year is upon us.  I love the crisp air, fall cooking, everything pumpkin and the glorious colors of the leaves changing.  We live in an area here in Virginia where we are surrounded by large oak and maple trees.  We noticed something peculiar last year.  Where were the acorns?  That caused us to do a little research. Well, evidently based on the species of oak tree they do not produce acorns every year.  This year we are already dodging falling acorns and the leaves have not even changed color yet.  We realized the culprits this early are those darling, fast squirrels.  Oh are their cheeks full! They must have really missed munching on them last year! They like to perch in the branches right above where we sit and eat a few and then throw them overboard and it is like a rain shower. Of course, Eli, our German Shorthaired Pointer thinks they are nuggets of gold! We have had to train him to bring them to us instead of hiding them in his cheek. Sometimes though, he will just carry it around under his lip like a prize possession and eventually just drops it on the floor. By the time the leaves really start falling it will be like walking on marbles. But I just love them! Happy Fall!

Photo by Julie Varisco

Photo by Julie Varisco

Photo by Julie Varisco

Photo by Julie Varisco

Photo by Julie Varisco

Photo by Julie Varisco

Photo by Julie Varisco

Photo by Julie Varisco

Autumn on My Mind

With our Summer temperatures feeling much like early Autumn I am looking forward to my favorite season of the year. We are surrounded by trees here in Virginia so soon nature will be showing off those incredible colors, pumpkins will be plentiful and it will be time to start thinking about warm soups for dinner.  Our biggest chore here is keeping our dogs from eating the acorns and chasing squirrels up trees!