Adam: Over the road from our house are several old walnut trees. We don't have one because it takes about 10 years to produce and Jesse says he'll most likely be dead by then so why bother? Anyway, we do love walnuts in the baking and they are so expensive. We have permission from the property owners to collect the nuts each year. It's a big job because it's best to collect them after they've fallen to the ground and the grass is always tall and wet. But this doesn't deter us.
I do climb the tree to shake it so the nuts which are ready to fall drop to the ground.
|Up a tree|
Angelo: I stay on the ground and collect the nuts. Since I'm shorter than anyone else in our household, I can spot the nuts more quickly and easily than anyone else.
|"I'm sure I saw a nut somewhere around here."|
|"Ah - here it is!"|
|"My first basket-full. How many more to go?"|
Adam: Obviously, many more baskets! Here are the final results of our walnut collecting.
Jesse: Obviously, the boys have been busy as beavers - er, squirrels. And, by the way, we don't have any squirrels in New Zealand. Now, these baskets will be hung from the ceiling to keep away the mice and also to dry the nuts.
Armand: This year we are cracking last year's nuts. Being crippled, I couldn't help gather the nuts but I did most of the cracking and shelling. There are a total of 23 kgs (51 pounds) of nuts. We filled 3 very large rubbish bins with the shells; they will make great firewood this winter to keep us warm!
|"Let's get cracking!"|