Posted by Leslie at Oct 2, 2012 6:00 am
I have been hearing people say we’re going to have a really bad winter here in the mid-Atlantic this year. After last year’s incredibly mild winter, I guess we’re due, though I figured it was all talk. Then Bruce pointed out a few things. The leaves are already changing dramatically–last year it didn’t even start until late October. (Of course this year they’d be early since oldest’s wedding is Oct 28 and she specifically scheduled it there wanting the fall colors!) Temperatures are definitely cool at night and daytimes are only hitting the mid 70′s. I remember wearing short sleeves and capris last Halloween.
The other thing Bruce noticed is that our black walnut tree is going NUTS. Literally NUTS. :-)
We have this huge black walnut tree in our back yard. Two autumns ago, our yard was littered with tennis-ball sized/colored/shaped nut casings that fell from the tree. Bruce would gather them up, put them on the back patio, and we’d have fun watching the squirrells bash the crap out of them to open them up and get at the nut. Then last year, nada. It was bizarre, we had no nuts.
This year? Those suckers are falling out of the tree like chunks of hail. I’ll be sitting at the kitchen table and will hear them thud. He’s scared to cut the grass for fear of getting a concussion.
Does this mean another WOWZER of a winter like we had 2 years ago, when we had an almost-bumper crop of walnuts? Could this one be even worse? (With 3 blizzards and 6 feet of snow that year, boy do I hope not!)
How are things looking in your neck of the woods?!?