In between those times, I gathered walnuts and shelled quite a few. Justin planted the first trees in 2006. By 2010, there were 38 walnuts trees.
Harvesting is a stoop-and-bend exercise. I gathered 4.5 pounds that way last Wednesday.
8 pounds on Friday with less stooping and more reaching up into the tree and plucking the walnut from the hull.
In a craft magazine I found these cute owls which called for "ground walnuts, available in pet stores" to use as stuffing in the bottom 2/3 of the owl.
I put some shells in a paper sack and starting hammering. When the bag broke, I scooped out the usable more-ground-up walnuts, and put the remaining shells in another paper bag for the next pounding session.
All of a sudden, the flock had grown to 4:
The next walnut project, Pumpkin Balls, rolled in toasted walnuts. So good!
I figured out how to print labels:
My walnut projects for this trip have now ended. The Giants are up in the World Series 3-0! Life is good. Time to pack up my stuff into one carry-on bag and have one last fantastic meal - baby back ribs.
The grill master: