the season of mellow fruitfulness is on us

Nutscape

and it’s time to look at the non-financial investments. In this case, indeed, the non-financial investments of the local Squire, the Fonnereaus. Not only did they build this gaff

Christchurch Mansion
Christchurch Mansion

but they planted some chestnut trees, and the chestnut harvest is awesome this Autumn. The recent winds have brought down a fine crop, and it’s before the weekend when World + Dog will have got to these. The trick is to win your chestnut harvest from the spiky hulls

Herein dwells a fine nut
Herein dwells a fine nut
Sweet chestnut
Sweet chestnut

with the minimum of cursing.

a fine  nut harvest
a fine nut harvest

and win a fine harvest of fresh, sweet chestnut from veterans like this tree

one of the chestnut trees
one of the chestnut trees

 

Now there may be some of you reading this that think to yourselves

goddamnit I earn £200,000 p.a which boils down to £125 an hour and I can get loose chestnuts from Tesco delivered to me for £7/kg so all round so WTF? Why would I be pissing about scavenging nuts in the park

And I would respect your opinions. But I would venture you’re missing out of some little piece of being human as you sit behind your  screens oblivious to the passage of the seasons. Being a flâneur is one of the good things about owning my own time and if I want to go pick nuts then I damn well can 😉 It’s the sheer optionality of it that adds to the sweetness. As summed up delightfully by The Escape Artist – the Ermine tips his hat and welcomes yet another soul across the event horizon of FI.

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