one of the fun finds i made at the dutchman's general store last month was a 5 lb bag of cracked pecans. to my surprise, no one could resist shelling them, and just by leaving them out on the counter, the shelling job was suddenly done. it's somehow much yummier to bake with and eat pecans that we shelled ourselves.
that was a welcome discovery, because this fall we have planted our own pecan tree,
and two chestnut trees,
our trees are still babies. these photos represent what they hope to grow up to be.
in the last year we have planted 14 fruit trees, 4 nut tress, 5 grapes, a raspberry patch, 3 blackberries, 3 blueberries, rhubarb, asparagus, cranberries, and 25 strawberries.
maybe we have gone overboard, that seems to be my tendency.
and maybe we are just completely nutty, but.....
it feels really, really good.