It was such a beautiful Autumn day last Sunday, so we packed a picnic lunch and drove to Mt Irvine (which is another part of the Blue Mountains) to Nutwood Farm to pick some chestnuts.
It is early in the season so there were plently of nuts on the ground. There weren't many people there. Last time we went chestnut gathering there were lots of people at the farm.
Having tongs made it so much easier to pick up the fallen nuts.
These spikes were even going through the gloves.
Here is some of what we picked. I love the colour. I could imagine some wool dyed this yummy warm brown colour.
Mr F and some of his stash.
We also found a walnut - it was huge.
Here's Katie with what she picked.
It was quite a warm day and after sitting in the sun under a walnut tree, the boys got very sleepy. Here they are having a little nap. It was so beautiful and quiet by this time as we were the only people there. We had the place to ourselves and the boys could just lie there and relax for a while and soak up the warmth of the Autumn morning sun.
After we paid for the chestnuts, we bought some waltnuts at the stall. We didn't pick any walnuts this time as the last time at another nut place, they were rotten inside. Hopefully they will be ok inside this time.
Next to the stall there was a big field. We asked the lady if we could have a picnic there. She was fine with it so the kids ran off, picked a spot right out in the sun, and then they flopped on the ground. I talked them into relocating under a tree where we were not going to get cooked. We had a picnic lunch and the kids ran around. Here, I'm trying not to fall asleep, but I did for a little while, hearing the kids running around laughing and having fun.
Here they are cooking nicely. Once they were cooked and cooled down a bit, we peeled off the outer shell and ate them while they were still warm. They were so delicious :)