Friday, October 31, 2008

Wickedly Wonderful

Hubby took a day off this week and we drove up to the little community of Oak Glen. It's a beautiful place in the bottom part of some of our local mountains where they grow apples. We had tried to go a few weeks ago on a Saturday but the traffic going up was so bad that we turned around and went home. A weekday proved to be a much smarter plan. It was like days past with very few people and no lines. That made for a fun and relaxing day. Plus, the weather was absolutely perfect. We had lunch in a little coffee shop, did a little shopping, had hot apple pie with ice cream, enjoyed the scenery, and bought some delicious apples and apple butter. Yummy fun!

At one of the places we stopped at, there was a huge tree with prickly balls all over it and on the ground below. It turns out that it is a verrrrrry old chestnut tree. The spines on the balls are verrrry sharp. When you step on a ball and twist your foot around, it opens up and beautiful chestnuts spill out...


I carefully picked one up to show the scale of the chestnuts. They're such a rich, beautiful brown color...


Who would have imagined that something so wonderful can come out of something that looks so wicked?!

Happy Halloween!

2 comments:

Sel and Poivre said...

The chestnut and its prickly casing don't even look related to each other! Thanks for sharing! BTW how nice to spend a day with your hubby!

Feisty Hooker said...

I never thought of chestnuts that way... wickedly wonderful, but yes they truly are. It's like the rose among the thorns. But I think the pods of which the chestnuts are grown in are truly beautiful as they are. Wouldn't it be great if you could spin those? hmmmm