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This year I used white-oak nuts to make my acorn flour. I could tell from the first day that I started soaking it that it was going to be different from the red-oak acorn flour I made last year. Here are the ground-up nut meats when I first set them to soak, this year:

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(Here, for comparison, are what last year's nuts looked like when I first set them to soak)

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Hmm, actually, in photos they look pretty similar. Take it from me: this year's batch had a yellower cast, and last year's had a red-browner cast.

Just today I've dried the ground-up nuts after lots of soaking and changes of water. I'll let you know when I've baked this year's cake.

And the leaf wreath: I've wanted to do this for years, and sometime before Halloween, I finally did it:

Collected bright orange-red leaves:

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Sorted them into groups of three (this was fun: getting the perfect threesomes together):

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Joined them together (with Jiji's help):

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Formed them into a circle:

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And hung the circle on the door:

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It lasted like that for, oh... 24 hours maybe? Then it started to wither. Here it is some days later:

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And now it looks *really* sad. I'll probably take it down soon and put up something else--a circle of old man's beard, maybe. But it was very fun to make, and very satisfying to see it on the door.


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queenoftheskies
Nov. 12th, 2014 05:33 am (UTC)
Your wreath is so pretty!!! Even when the leaves wither, they maintain their beautiful colors.

Acorn flower is so cool. And the two batches definitely look different. Do you think they'll taste different?
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
I do think they will taste different! I think this batch will be mellower. We'll see.

mnfaure
Nov. 12th, 2014 06:01 am (UTC)
I can't wait to hear your progress reports on the flour and cake.

and put up something else--a circle of old man's beard, maybe

This conjured the perfect seasonal picture in my mind. :D
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC)
So November :-)
browngirl
Nov. 12th, 2014 06:25 am (UTC)
Acorn flour! Red leaves! Autumnal delights! Thank you so much for reminding me of the magic inherent in the world.
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC)
Always my pleasure ^_^
rachelmanija
Nov. 12th, 2014 06:35 am (UTC)
It was lovely when it was up!

I can't wait for a cake report.
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 02:02 pm (UTC)
Still haven't forgotten that I owe the population of Las Anclas some recipes, too.
sovay
Nov. 12th, 2014 07:17 am (UTC)
Joined them together (with Jiji's help)

That is a beautiful photograph.

And a wonderful wreath!
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
Jiji is all about autumnal crafts, especially if they involve stems or string.
khiemtran
Nov. 12th, 2014 09:27 am (UTC)
Very cool! I'm glad you at least got a photo of the wreath. Fleeting impermanence, indeed.
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, いろはにほへど、ちりぬるを -- colors glow, but fall and scatter

oh! so! Buddhist! (but not just Buddhist--I think it's a universal human recognition)
yamamanama
Nov. 12th, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah.

But nothing illustrates fleeting impermanence more than fallen cherry blossoms.
asakiyume
Nov. 14th, 2014 06:48 am (UTC)
You have the soul of a Heian Japanese person.
heliopausa
Nov. 12th, 2014 10:24 am (UTC)
That gorgeous!! And I often rather enjoy the shifting beauty of flowers and leaves as they wither - roses do this trick very well, and your wreath does, too. :) (Lilies, on the other hand, really do fester.)
amaebi
Nov. 12th, 2014 01:00 pm (UTC)
Entirely agreed, all counts.
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
Yes it's funny the different way things fade and decay. I was going to say maybe it has something to do with the fact that lilies are so fragrant--but of course roses are very fragrant too (or many are), so that can't be it.
amaebi
Nov. 12th, 2014 12:59 pm (UTC)
The ground-up acorns definitely look different from each other, from here.

What a very beautiful leaf wreath! But I still don't want to do one. :D
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
There are plenty of fiddly crafty things that I would run screaming away from, and yet others, like this? I like! Go figure. I liked sitting on the floor with all these leaves. It's the sort of thing a Heian court lady would do 葉合わせ --leaf matching. (Vigilante Espresso is shaking his head in disgust. Or her head. Not quite sure of Vigilante Espresso's gender.)
amaebi
Nov. 12th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
I think Vigilante Espresso is genderqueer. Very genderqueer.

I like the Heian comparison!
sartorias
Nov. 12th, 2014 01:22 pm (UTC)
Those are quite lovely. Especially w.m. (with mitten!)
asakiyume
Nov. 12th, 2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
:-)
bondo_ba
Nov. 12th, 2014 02:29 pm (UTC)
May have withered, but it looked amazing when done!
asakiyume
Nov. 14th, 2014 06:49 am (UTC)
Thanks!
c_maxx
Nov. 12th, 2014 10:23 pm (UTC)
Beautiful wreath!! Gorgeous.

I like your observation on the color of the leachate, or flour. During drafting training in some lost long-ago eon, teacher told us "the human eye is a far better critic than the hand is a draftspon (drafter?)," and it appears to apply to [better than] electronic sensing as well.

I notice it as well, says the dumb-phone photographer...

At work we have a wonderful not-expensive Panasonic cam, that I could have bought one-of back when it was new, but cheaped out. Well, didn't really need it and we DO need a house in the next year or two...

Anyway have a good film camera if I REALLY need good color. Just ayunt INStant! Modern life- only instant gratification need apply, excep'n us old-styles.
asakiyume
Nov. 14th, 2014 06:50 am (UTC)
Part of the problem with the two photos is one was taken indoors and one outdoors--for true comparability, I ought to have taken them under the same conditions. Ah well--another time!
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