Chestnuts!

Not too big for squiirrels
Stan brought home a handful of chestnuts after a cruiser bike ride one evening and told me the location of the tree so I could get some more. Since I already had a vintage mason jar full of acorns I thought it would be fun to have a jar full of chestnuts to go with it since I had a larger jar waiting. Stan’s stepdad, Gordon, had given me the jars a few years ago and I love them even when they are empty!Small Mason Jar from Gordon (Giving credit to whom it’s due, I got the idea and the acorns from Pottery Barn – called acorn vase fillers – but didn’t really want to buy more vase fillers, thus my thought to go on a nature walk instead.

I must say, even though it can be therapeutic to shop, free therapy is always better. I had no idea the discovery that was waiting for me that morning. Here’s what I found!Chestnut Tree!It took me awhile to figure out which trees were the chestnuts but Stan said I’d know by the lumpy nuts under the fallen leaves. I didn’t realize the trees were the ones with such magnificent size and glorious fall color. Standing underneath the tree I felt like I was under a giant umbrella giving me a temporary sense of security which was nice. Tree Umbrella
I wondered how long this particular tree had been standing and what year it was planted.Chestnut Leaves
I could’ve stayed all morning but thought I’d better start collecting but not before I took a photo of these twin leaves laying on the ground. Later I learned this shape leaf makes the tree a horsechestnut, a species which originated in Europe. Fan leaves!
Back to my task at hand, as I began to gather, I didn’t notice any squirrels bustling about and wondered if the nuts are too big for them. But not to worry, later in the week I saw a squirrel carrying an apple so I guess a chestnut would be no problem! Anyhoo, I decided to take only what I thought I’d need for the big mason jar and believe me, there was plenty leftover for an entire congregation of squirrels! Most of the nuts were out of their burrs (prickly casing) but a few remained.

Chestnuts!
I took my basket of nuts home feeling a little like a big squirrel myself. The rich deep color of the nuts gave me a visual to the phrase “chestnut colored hair”. Basket of nuts It’s like coffee…Chestnut Coffee and chocolate like PhoebeChocolate Labrador sniffing my new haulPhoebe’s eyes are like Chestnuts too! Little Brown Girl

Here’s my complete collection in Gordon’s fabulous vintage jars. The only thing is, if I keep them as decorations we won’t be able to eat them later. When I looked up how to store chestnuts it is suggested to keep them in the frig. We may want to try to roast them in December – yes over an open fire – hmmm – better look up how to do that.Mason Jars from Gordon

UPDATE: oK, it’s a few months later and I discovered that chestnuts get moldy if you leave them in a jar with no fresh air coming in so best container would be a bowl. I threw them away and put the mason jar in the dishwasher!

Bringing the Outside In!

Here’s a video of harvesting my mums and herbs just for fun! A follow up to my last post on gardening which you can view here if you haven’t read it already.

Latest gardening news: Besides cutting back the perennials and cleaning up the beds, I’m just about to plant some bulbs around the Kelly House. I’ve got my bulbs, bulp planter, and bag of bulb booster but it’s raining today. Dang. I hope it doesn’t freeze this week so I can get them in the ground in time. Guess you’ll have to come back next Spring to find out so to be continued I hope!!

Autumn Morning

Over the weekend I was inspired by the fall colors outside my music room window to do a flip video of my song Autumn Morning, composed in 1994.  I had a feeling it would be the last chance to capture it before the leaves fell from the tree and sure enough last night we had a killer wind storm and today the temp will only rise to 45 degrees, so I’m glad I went with my instinct.  Click here for the link to the video – having a hard time embedding this one.  The lyrics are below the photo.

playing my autoharp in the light of autumn color

AUTUMN MORNING

Into the autumn morning / the sunlight’s on the trees

A breeze is blowing / shimmering the leaves

Birds are singing duets in the air

And with them bringing me all that share

Autumn Morning

 

Into the morning / the dew is on the grass

A southward breeze is blowing / what more can I ask?

Off in the distance / hot air balloons

Peacefully drifting on into the view

 

C:  AUTUMN MORNING / I WELCOME YOU

INTO MY MORNING GOLDEN AND NEW

AUTUMN MORNING

Instrumental or:  Into the morning / I look up into the sky

Clouds are forming a parade to later float by

I am beholding a season so new

And it’s enfolding me with more of You

 

C:  AUTUMN MORNING / I WELCOME YOU

INTO MY MORNING GOLDEN AND NEW

AUTUMN MORNING.

©NancyKellyMusic / Oct 1, 1994

Indian Summer

Uploading another blog-a-song-post, a song I wrote when the kids were small one Indian Summer.  I remember being inspired by their voices and laughter from outside wafting in and the way the warm glow of the sunset ushered in a peaceful feeling of contentment.  I love this time of year when it’s a little cooler, the leaves just start their change of color, and new things begin — like school! Somehow you feel a renewed energy to begin or resume projects.

Note:  I usually play the intro longer – one verse and chorus through – before I start singing, but for the sake of the video thought to truncate it. Below are the lyrics and here’s the video:

 

Children playin in the evening light
Sun goes down now earlier at night
Something about that peaceful feeling that settles in
Silhouettes of rich contentment as new things begin

Indian Summer / Across the Land
Indian Summer / Autumn’s now at hand

Football games on Friday nights
Soon the fireplace will glow like candlelight
I love this time of year when the air cools down a bit
And there’s that rich contentment as new things begin

Indian Summer / Across the Land
Indian Summer / Autumn’s now at hand

instr / piano lead
Something about that peaceful feeling that settles in
Silhouettes of rich contentment as new things begin
Indian Summer / Across the Land
Indian Summer / Autumn’s now at hand

nancykellymusic © 1993