Two families leave China 100 years ago, This is a journal recording their passage, their so-journ in Borneo and then on to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, England and beyond. A fascinating account of how time and place have changed the members.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
A few years ago, my sister Elizabeth and her husband Kalang came over from Borneo for a fleeting visit.
So we went to a public park where we saw this tree with lots of nuts under it. It looked like macademia nuts.
When Mum moved to her Australian house, the neighbour had a giant macademia tree. It had branches growing over to our section. Mum and I would pick the nuts on our side of the garden. Dad told us off that it wasn't very good to start off as new neighbours stealing their nuts. I joked about the anecdote of the fruit outside the fence, our aunties' famous saying.
I am quite confident that this tree with all the nuts lying on the ground was a macademia tree. We started collecting the nuts. We got home and with my nut cracker, I opened a nut and served it to Elizabeth. It was bitter.
Uncle D said it probably isn't macademia, and it could be poisonous. I had tried to poison my sister. We remembered a mushroom poisoning incident in the family.
What an experience! We felt "Nuts."
It's most likely to be horse chestnuts which indeed is poisonous.
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I like your story about the nuts! You'd better come over and pick up my macadamias which didn't even get looked at last year because I was not well!!ReplyDelete
Lucky you didn't succeed in poisoning your sister!ReplyDelete
That's plain nuts! That tree is a horse chestnut, botanical name of Hippocastanus, edible but not palatable. Mainly food for pigs and fun for children to play with.ReplyDelete
Hi again, sorry I was not your Mum's neighbor! I live further north on the Fraser Coast - just as beautiful as the Gold Coast but with lots less people!ReplyDelete