December 26, 2013
The huge live oaks here sure add a certain charm to our surroundings. They tower 50-60 feet high. Live Oaks begin to produce acorns at about 20 years, but 50 years old is not unusual for a first crop.
Acorns are the top food preference for some birds like jays and for some mammals like squirrels and whitetail deer.
We have all become accustomed to the sound of raining acorns. Even Wrecks doesn't hide when he hears them. First a POP...followed by a lopsided roll.
I also read that a 100 year old Oak produces around 2,200 acorns a year. How do they know that? And only 1 acorn in 10,000 will grow to be an Oak Tree.
With so many birds, the squirrels have resorted to hickory nuts.
Now that's a mouth full!
These little sparrows have been flittering all over the ground. At first glance they look like leaves blowing.
Well, today, the rains came. We didn't get out at all except to go to breakfast.
We enjoyed a different nut...a Donut...as in The Donut Hole Bakery Café on Hwy 98. Our good friend David invited us to join him. We love to eat breakfast out, so he heard a very enthusiastic YES! David and Joe waited patiently while I was busy taking pictures of the goodies...donuts, muffins, cakes and pies.
I should have taken my wide angle lens to get all the donuts...this is just a very small sample. It was well worth the few minutes we had to wait to be seated...yummy omelet, cheese grits, pancakes and biscuits. Thank you so much David. What a nice treat for us and fun to spend time with you!
The afternoon was spent napping while the aroma of creamy white chili simmering in the crockpot filled our home. And yes, a maple donut for dessert (thanks David!).
We hope you have had a wonderful week. It sure flew by here.
Until next time, take care...
and enjoy the your view!