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PostSubject: The Walnut Tree   Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:15 pm

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I found this little story and thought it quite relevent to Bulgaria

The Walnut Tree

Long time ago, when people didn’t know many things about nature and that included how to eat walnuts, a walnut tree grew by the road. It might have been planted there by someone for the benefit of other travelers or it could have grown there by chance if you believe that anything in life can happen by chance. One day a traveler passed. He stopped by the old walnut tree to rest in its shade. Then he noticed the green fruits and tasted one of them only to spit it out in disgust with its bitterness. Some time after he had gone another traveler passed by. He too sat under the tree and noticed the tooth marks on the fruit the first one had bitten.

“This fruit must not be very tasty,” he thought. “But everything in this world has a purpose. It must be the hard heart that is to be eaten.” And he bit the hard shell but nearly broke a tooth in the process. He too walked away hungry. Next came a traveler with scholarly disposition. He studied the fruit carefully, first tasting the bitter skin, then scratching the hard shell until he came up with the idea to break the shell with a stone. That was rewarded with the tasty walnut. The scholar smiled contently: “Wisdom and patience conquer all,” he thought. Soon a businessman leading a donkey laden with his goods arrived under the tree. The scholar happily shared with him his secret.

The businessman thanked him and after they had eaten loaded the donkey with walnuts for sale. He let the scholar ride the donkey as a reward for his discovery while he himself walked and rubbed his palms in anticipation of his future profit.

They traveled in silence but soon darkness fell over the road. They were worried because there wasn’t a town or village to be seen and they were afraid to spend the night in the dark forest. Suddenly the merchant saw a faint light in the distance.

“There, he said. “I see a light!”

“But how can that faint light help us,” said the scholar. “It is so small and lonely while the forest is big, dark and threatening.”

While they were arguing the light moved closer and they saw a man carrying a lantern. That man was a philosopher who lived in a hut by a lake nearby. He took the travelers to his place to spend the night. As they entered the dark room the small lantern pushed the scary shades in the corners. Now the room looked bright and cozy.

The inventive travelers shared with him the secret of the walnut tree.

“Well done!” said the philosopher. “Tomorrow, I’ll go and pick up some of those wonderful fruits. Then I will travel all over the world and plant a walnut tree by all roads that I pass.”

“But, then who will buy the walnuts that I am trying to sell!” said the businessman, disappointed.

“Don’t worry,” answered the philosopher. “When more people taste the walnuts from the trees by the roads they will be more likely to buy them from you in the city marketplace.”

“But what will be your reward for your labor?” asked the businessman.

“And how exactly do you plan to do it?” asked the scholar. “I mean how many walnuts will you start with and where you will plant them. Where you will start your journey will you go East, West, North or South?”

“To tell you the truth, I don’t know,” answered the philosopher. “But as the light from my lantern is just enough for us to see the immediate road in front of us my initial intention and desire will carry me perhaps to the next step on my way towards my humble goal. And if I meet someone else with a lantern then together we will be able to see further.”

Thus they spent the night chatting leisurely until the sun rose over the dark forest and they went each on their way to find their own happiness.
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PostSubject: Re: The Walnut Tree   Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:13 pm

g Fantastic!!! Bryan can't wait to try that one yum yum!! Have also had the walnuts crushed up and spread on the pancakes with honey and ice cream H

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PostSubject: Re: The Walnut Tree   Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:01 pm

I have 7, yes 7 walnut trees surrounding my plot and i have a bumper crop this year, stupidily i forgot to wear gloves today as i began to harvest and de-shell the nuts, my hands are now stained black from the oil, does anyone know how i can get them clean?

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PostSubject: Re: The Walnut Tree   Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:14 pm

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I have 7, yes 7 walnut trees surrounding my plot and i have a bumper crop this year, stupidily i forgot to wear gloves today as i began to harvest and de-shell the nuts, my hands are now stained black from the oil, does anyone know how i can get them clean?

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Oh I did not realise the walnuts are ready yet, will have to go scrumping nuts La

Now you are showing off [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] 7 flipping walnut trees  and I have to go pinching them from the neighbours   Actually we picked up all the ones that fell last year and let them dry, kept a fruit bowl than took the rest to the orphanages. The children had a feast.

Only way you can get the stains out is to put bleach on your hands than wash off, might have to do this a few times.  Or use fresh lemon with salt and rub in.   Good luck with that g

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PostSubject: Re: The Walnut Tree   Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:31 pm

This definitely works

You need

Lemon Juice
Cooking Oil
Soap and Water
Towel

Wash your hands thoroughly, using a good quality soap and warm water. This will help remove any residue that may be adding to the stain. Once your hands are clean, it will be much easier to determine how much of a walnut stain you have to deal with.
Apply lemon juice. You can squeeze the juice of one lemon or use roughly a half-cup of commercial lemon juice. Liberally apply the juice to the walnut stains, taking time to work the juice into the skin surface. The acid will be to lighten the skin, restoring a more natural appearance. Depending on the severity of the walnut stain, it may take two or three applications to see a difference.
Follow up with a round of cooking oil. Olive, peanut, or vegetable will all do the job. Rub the oil into the stained skin, gently but firmly. Not only will the oil help to leech the remaining stain out of the skin, it will also help restore a proper balance of moisture to the hands.
Wash up. After removing the walnut stains, wash your hands with soup and warm water again. This will remove any traces of the oil while still leaving a faint scent of lemon. Dry your hands thoroughly, then get back to enjoying those walnuts that you cracked earlier.

If you have dry skin, omit the use of the lemon juice. The acid content may cause the stained area to dry out even further. Move on to applying the cooking oil. Keep in mind that without using the lemon juice, it may take several rounds of the oil to remove walnut stains from hands and other areas
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