Last year I did a whole post about Nutting Day and Hazelnuts - and lack of them due to squirrels.
It's HERE if you would like to re-read.
What I didn't find last year was this illustration from one of the books that I love and often use on the blog (The Illustrated Country Year by Celia Lewis)
So if you spot any Hazelnuts on the ground that have been nibbled you know who to blame.
My Hazel in the garden is loaded this year, I've been picking a few to eat fresh, no sign of squirrels this year..............so far. I looked up storing them but they need to be ripe, trouble is then they fall off. I'm going to try roasting a few in their shells or maybe freezing them just to see what happens.
Thank you to everyone for lovely comments on Saturdays post. Because we didn't celebrate anniversaries only the children knew it would have been out 40th, and they were all working or away so it was a quiet day. But it was OK, all my days are quiet days now.
And latest news on the Branston Pickle............... Yes they do use caramel as a colouring, so homemade would never be so dark a colour as the factory made.