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Trick or Treat

 

OK, so I'm a week early...and still in Atlanta, returning on Wednesday.

But it's my turn at Vision and Verb today.  Didn't want you to miss it.

(There are chestnuts and there are chestnuts...trick or treat!)



Trick or Treat

 

OK, so I'm a week early...and still in Atlanta, returning on Wednesday.

But it's my turn at Vision and Verb today.  Didn't want you to miss it.

(There are chestnuts and there are chestnuts...trick or treat!)



comments (42)

Lovely warm tones... hope you and Astrid are having a lovely time...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Larry. We're having a GREAT time. Just what the doctor ordered! smile
And they are very nice to eat Ginnie. I am sure you are having a great time.
Ginnie Hart: These aren't nice at all, Frances, except to look at, but the ones you can eat are very nice, indeed! Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Oct 2011, 00:37
1001 pictures smile great number of fabulous shots....
Quality, is all I can say.
These looks familiar, the chestnuts from our trees on the citadel 'back home' grin
As a child we use to make all kinds of toys out of them.
Wonderful picture, brings a smile to my face.
Yep, we still are at the 'other side of the pond'...
Ginnie Hart: So now I start a new thousand. smile Bedankt. And yes, these chestnuts around our citadel city are a delight to me, even if I can't eat them. Soon we'll start our journey back to them....
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 24 Oct 2011, 00:55
Enjoy the last few days in Atlanta and have a safe trip back home.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Maria. I just published my new In Soul post, catching you up on the rest of our trip. Tomorrow we start heading back to the Netherlands, arriving Wednesday morning.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Oct 2011, 02:21
Reminds me that I haven't seen any chestnut roasters on the footpaths lately.
Ginnie Hart: I can hardly wait to find a vendor somewhere, once we get back, Ray. It'll probably be in Germany in early December, however. Haven't seen one in the Netherlands yet!
I don't like chestnutssad

nice picture though.
Ginnie Hart: You and Astrid are on the same page, Bill. All the more for me, I always say. smile Thanks.
These are not the edible chestnuts ... unless you are crazy.

The trees only grow them so that school boys can throw large lumps of wood at them, as they hang fully cacooned in their spikey green shells, to knock them off. Oh the memories of playing conkers many years ago.
Ginnie Hart: Good eyes, Richard. These are the prettier of the two varieties but I can attest to the fact they are definitely not edible! So now I've learned a new British word: conkers. I'll never forget it. Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Oct 2011, 09:01
This is a fine study of what we in the UK call conkers Ginnie. I hope Astrid & you are enjoying yourselves
Ginnie Hart: I've learned a new word today, Chris, from you and Trim. I'll never forget it. Thanks. smile

Astrid and I are having a fabulous time and can't believe it's time to return home tomorrow (arriving Wednesday morning).
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 24 Oct 2011, 09:12
Hope you're having a blast. Safe journey home.
Ginnie Hart: It's been a wonderful trip in almost every way, Frida. Thank you. We start home tomorrow, arriving on Wednesday morning.
My kids gathered this artillery by the bagfull then had chestnut wars. Apple wars were popular too. Enjoy your time!
Ginnie Hart: I love the thought of chestnut wars, Mary, even though I'm saying OUCH! HA. That was something I missed in my childhood, I guess. smile Thanks.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Oct 2011, 10:39
I think I will have the treat, I hope you are having a great holiday smile
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Linda, even though these are great to look at...the prettier of the two varieties, in my estimation. We're having a great holiday, thanks. We head back home tomorrow over the Big Pond, arriving Wednesday morning.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 24 Oct 2011, 11:09
My first thought was can't be two week and I was right.good colour and shapes
Ginnie Hart: Time flies when you're having fun, Vintage! smile Thanks.
The treats look delicious. Hope you are enjoying your stay in the States Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Too bad these aren't the "treats" variety, Doug...the ones you can eat. But I sure do like the way they look. Thanks. We're having a great time Stateside and can't believe we start our trip back home tomorrow.
very nice fall still life
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Chantal.
I just love their colour - enjoy the rest of your holiday!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, JP. I love their color and their shape!
  • Jany
  • FRANCE
  • 24 Oct 2011, 12:39
Superbe photo d automne...Ca pourrait faire l objet d un joli tableau en peinture...Excellente journée
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Jany!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 24 Oct 2011, 12:53
Love those chestnuts!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marcie. Don't you love how something so simple can be so soulful!
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 24 Oct 2011, 13:07
I enjoyed reading your V&V piece Ginnie, and imagine you speaking the words. Do I understand that sweet chesnuts are not known in America. I love them and could overindulge though they are a bit expensive these days.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chad, for reading at V&V. I'm guessing the edible chestnuts are grown somewhere in the US but I certainly don't know where. I had never seen/tasted one till I was in Europe a few years back. Once a year is enough for me, in which case I don't worry about the cost of a small cone. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Oct 2011, 13:34
Oh, Ginnie, these fruits belong to my favourite ones -and I love your photo with the warm brown colours and toning! Not only as child but also as oldie I like picking up some of them from the ground and putting only one of them into my pocket as talisman, as 'Handschmeichler' (no English translation possible, caressing the hand), and as antirheumaticum according an old saying(although not suffering by this desease. I gave some still closed chestnuts to my mother to observe them burstening in the sun, and sometimes there are are more than one nut in the shell.
I add a wonderful poem by Goethe from his West East-Diwan, from the Book of Suleika, a love-poem!

THESE tufted branches fair
observe, my loved one, well!
And see the fruits they bear
In green and prickly shell!

They've hung roll'd up, till now,
Unconsciously and still;
A loosely-waving bough
Doth rock them at its will.

Yet, ripening from within.
The kernel brown swells fast;
It seeks the air to win,
It seeks the sun at last.

With joy it bursts its thrall,
The shell must needs give way.
'Tis thus my numbers fall
Before thy feet, each day.
1815.
Ginnie Hart: You and I are definitely on the same page, Philine. You just have many more years of memories! I LOVE the poem. THANK YOU.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Oct 2011, 13:36
Yes, on the Weihnachtsmarkt you will find chestnut roasters! (Maronen; tasting wonderful)
Ginnie Hart: i can hardly wait! smile
  • Luiza
  • Germany
  • 24 Oct 2011, 13:50
Atlanta...
Very autumny moodsmile Enjoy itsmile Here in Germany we have 14°C and very sunny....
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Luiza. We'll be back in the Netherlands on Wednesday morning and will arrive to 11°C. But by the weekend, it's supposed to be up to 17°C. Hard to believe. Thanks for the comment.
Ah yes. The conker season is upon us once again. I don't know if anywhere else does it but kids over here drill a hole through and attach a string or shoelace in them and bash each others conkers to see how many they can demolish. Health and safety tried to ban it but didn't succeed. Nice shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Now that's a variation on the conker's theme, Janet. I saw that someone made necklaces and others played war. But to play war with the necklaces, that's something else! HA! grin
  • tede
  • France
  • 24 Oct 2011, 14:35
I think they are brown and they should avoid eating itsmile) Splendid image. Ginnie nice day.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Avoid eating these at all costs, Tede. I'd love it if I could find the edible variety, though. smile Merci.
Hi, I bought this morning chestnuts on the market, satisfied with your passage Ginnie, I think of you, you know ? Kiss and the good end according to noon(south)...
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. You just made my day, Pierrot. Merci. smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Oct 2011, 16:01
You sure that these aren't really conkers, as loved by all schoolboys? I hope your trip is going well and that you are having fun.
Ginnie Hart: These are definitely conkers, Alan...my new word for the day! smile Thanks.
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 24 Oct 2011, 16:14
All we need now is an open fire... C'mon, sing along!
Ginnie Hart: An open fire, Rob, AND the edible variety (of which these are not!). smile But I wonder if these would pop and crackle in an open fire?? Hmmm.
You've caught up that all we British men of a certain age call these conkers then Ginnie, oh what fun we had at school playing conkers in the school program with these on bits of string. These days it isn't allowed, the poor children's hands might get hit by a conker!!!
Ginnie Hart: I have definitely gotten my education today, Brian, by all your British men (and women, I might add). smile Thanks.
I think you'd get tricked if you laid on those as a treat!
Ginnie Hart: I was tricked at least twice by this variety of chestnut, Tom, and will hopefully never get confused again. grin
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 24 Oct 2011, 16:41
Nice crisp shot Ginnie - lovely composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Thomas.
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 24 Oct 2011, 18:03
I like... 10 min in the fire... and goooo
Ginnie Hart: i hope you mean the edible variety, Oscar?! smile I would love to hear these crackle and pop, though. Gracias.
Really nice shot, I have a collection of these also, love the colour of these fresh out of the fleshy shell.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, John. I'd love to get my hands on the edible variety, truth be known!
I like this picture very much! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Victoria.
All Saints Day is a day of chestnuts. Sweet potato candy. That rich. A greeting
Ginnie Hart: WOW! I had no idea there was a "day" for chestnuts, Pedro. I love knowing this. Thank you!
That is fabulous. It would make a great print.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Michael. Thank you.
They look like great treats Ginnie... and only you could make then look this good.... have a safe trip back... and will be looking for lots of great pictures from you Astrid a safe journey home....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Peter! We leave late this afternoon, arriving tomorrow morning. As Astrid says, the best part of vacation is going home. smile
Who knew chestnuts could be so photogenic? You did a great job here!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thank you, Elizabeth. That's so sweet of you.
Witches of the world, join!!!!!
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! I love it, Fabrizio. Grazie.
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 26 Oct 2011, 09:14
Wonderful autumn colors and light. I'd love some of these roasted right about now!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Kala. I'll be getting me some soon, I hope. smile
  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 26 Oct 2011, 14:41
Trick or Treat! Love it. This time of the year is great for photos. Although, personally I prefer candy when i go door-to-door. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Emily. And HAHAHA. I prefer chocolate candy, especially. smile
  • Fokko
  • The Netherlands
  • 26 Oct 2011, 15:31
A beautiful autumn shot.
Enjoy the rest of your stay in Atlanta!
Greetings, Fokko
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt. We had a great time and are now safely back. As Astrid always says, the best part of vacation is coming home. smile
That means you are returning today: have a good flight!
These are indeed chestnuts!
Ginnie Hart: We left on Tuesday evening from Atlanta, Wim, and arrived home Wednesday morning. As Astrid always says, the best part of vacation is coming home. Bedankt.
  • crash
  • United States
  • 26 Oct 2011, 22:17
treats please!!!
Ginnie Hart: These were tricks, of course...horse chestnuts. I definitely prefer the ones you can eat, the treats! smile Thanks, Dennis.

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