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Planning Ahead


This is perfect. Close to my woodshed where I can sleep out of the wind and rain. Old stack of landscape ties nearby for my root cellar and temporary stash….

Fall is in the air, and I have to fill the larder. I have hazelnut trees right here in the yard, but what I’m looking forward to is the brand new hazelnut tree across the street with sweet young hazelnuts this year. They’re smaller than the ones here, but they should be tasty.

Decisions, decisions. What to do? Well, I might just have to go for both.

First a little taste test. I stashed these young nuts here this morning, but after all that running back and forth and climbing the tree, I’ve worked up quite an appetite.

Yup! They’re good. Now to stash them under the landscape ties until I have time to bury the nuts here and there for my winter snacks.

But wait! I’d better check and make sure no one sees where I’m putting the nuts temporarily.

Okay, I think it’s safe enough. It’s only that kooky old lady with her camera. She’s harmless.


It’s so hard to gather nuts,

Every day is precious.

Later I can fill my guts,

With a snack delicious.


Sleet and cold may coat the ground,

Hard times lie ahead,

I will eat what I have found,

Hazelnuts in bed.


All the work will be worthwhile,

Though I’m tired today,

When it’s cold I’ll live in style,

I’ll just eat and play.



Author: wordsfromanneli

Writing, travel, photography, nature, more writing....

30 thoughts on “Planning Ahead

  1. This is so fun, Anneli, Lincoln is sooo cute! ☺️

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  2. Its so much fun to read about your busy squirrels and look at the lovely pictures´, thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love the idea of a cozy winter home for him!

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  4. I always love an update about your cute little yard-mates! Great photos. 🐿

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  5. I enjoyed the fun seasonal photos of your very busy squirrel, Anneli, and the creative poem, too.

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  6. Squirrels are so entertaining to watch. We often see them running along the top of our fence going from here to there. I get a bit annoyed when they toss all the acorns down from my Oak or cones from my spruce and then leave them on my lawn. Thanks for sharing. Allan

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  7. A busy time for these little guys. He is a sweet squirrel!


  8. “the brand new hazelnut tree across the street ” – Be careful crossing the street, my little friend!

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  9. Anneli, enjoyed your poetic take on the necessity of planning ahead. Even we humans can learn a thing or two from a squirrel.

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  10. Anneli, ich mag deine niedlichen Tiergeschichten sehr! Wir haben einen schönen, großen Garten, der direkt neben einem Wald liegt. Darum kommen uns auch jeden Tag gerne Eichhörnchen besuchen. Sie haben meist ein glänzendes rotes Fell, sind so lustig und bringen uns oft zum Lachen.
    Danke für deine schöne Foto-Geschichte!

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    • That’s so very nice to hear, Rosie. I have a lot of fun with them. Hope you had a good weekend. It was our Thanksgiving weekend. Do you have that in Germany? I seem to remember Erntedankfest, but I was too young to know if it was a regular date and a holiday.


  11. Delightful verse, photos, and story Anneli!

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