Mystery Solved : The Case of the Little Chestnut Tree


There's a small chestnut tree growing in the narrow garden beside our home. I first noticed it about six years ago when it was merely a few leaves coming up from the soil. While it had sprouted in a spot that I'd rather have planted flowers, I've never had the heart to pull it out because from what I've read, it's not easy to germinate a chestnut and get it growing, so that little tree has won its place in the world.

I've always wondered how it got there though, as we didn't plant it and there are no chestnut trees growing anywhere nearby. I've considered the possibility that a squirrel could have carried the nut over, dropped it, forgotten about it, and it began to grow. But that didn't really make sense because, having watched the squirrels around here and how they dig and eat and eat and dig, I find it hard to believe that such a prize would have been forgotten long enough to grow roots and settle in.

Then last week while out in the garden with my camera, I came upon this cute squirrel and began taking pictures. It was through my lens that I saw him find a chestnut in the soil, pick it up and begin to devour it. The squirrel got spooked by my presence and took off before finishing the nut, taking what was left of it with him clenched firmly between his jaws, but I thought the mystery of my chestnut tree had been solved. That was evidence that a squirrel had very likely brought the nut that grew into the tree to the yard, wasn't it?









But scanning the soil, I spotted another chestnut, and then another, and another. There were at least six of them scattered in the garden. No doubt, some human intervention had occurred here, but unlikely unless some stranger had come up the walkway, opened the gate, walked around the building, dropped the nuts and then turned around and left. Who would do that? There was only one possibility ... It had to have been Nick!

I went inside to find him working at his computer. When asked he replied that yes, he had put the nuts there. He had gone to Kensington Market earlier that day and had stopped to pick up some chestnuts under the big tree to bring home for the squirrels. Apparently, without my noticing before, this was something he'd been doing in the autumn for years.

So this was why there is a small chestnut tree growing in the little garden beside our home.

When he mentioned the big tree I knew exactly which one he meant -- it's the one shading the path in the park we walk along when going to the market (if you live in Toronto and are curious, it's in Alexandra Park, south of Dundas, east of Bathurst, and the tree is beside the path that runs north/south just east of the baseball diamond).

It's a beautiful tree. In the spring, its flower fountains are lush (if you're wondering what a chestnut tree looks like in flower, there are some pictured in this post). In the autumn the path underneath it is littered with spiky nut pods, some broken open to reveal the shiny red chestnut inside.

Nick and I walked over to this grand tree yesterday afternoon, Thanksgiving day. It was lovely out -- very sunny and remarkably warm for this time of year.










We gathered more nuts for our squirrels and then returned home to open some bubbly wine and begin preparing our festive meal.


If it was Thanksgiving where you are, I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Thanks for dropping by,
Xo loulou

You May Also Like

Recent Stories

Comedy : The SiriusXm Top Comic Auditions in Toronto Pool with Pals? Billiards with Buddies? Living My Best Life : Great Art in an Old Building Big News at the AGO and a Party to Celebrate it Live Music : Imogen Heap at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre Robert Mapplethorpe's Unforgettable Photographs at Olga Korper Gallery A Delicious Dinner at Touhenboku Ramen A Royal Encounter : Sarah, Duchess of York, at Onsite Gallery Coffee Shop Date : At and Around Wallace Espresso on King Street West The Bay Queen Street Store : "Photo Backdrop Installation" Pool at The Rivoli and Other Birthday Highlights - 2019 Gorgeously Guilded : Art by Dalia Elcharbini at C9 Gallery

9 Responses to Mystery Solved : The Case of the Little Chestnut Tree

  1. Vix says:

    What a lovely story, I love the way you write.
    Hope you, Nick & Eddie had a wonderful Thanksgiving. xxx

  2. Gaia says:

    I enjoyed the ‘story of the chestnut tree’.. you write wonderfully.
    Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend !!

  3. Norma says:

    What a marvelous story and how lovely to have a chestnut tree. x

  4. Julie says:

    what a great story! I love that Nick has been feeding the squirrels chestnuts all these years (and that it’s just been his little secret!), I love squirrels and have a big soft spot for them. And I agree, chestnut trees are so pretty- the flowers are pretty out of this world.

  5. Hollie says:

    Weeee!! HI!! I’m late but hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  6. Kaisa says:

    Aaahh, that little fella is so adorable!

Leave a Comment