Anyway, I was wondering why Dad's family called this shrub a Nannytaw. I get the 'Nanny' bit because goats like to eat this plant and the bark, when pealed, smells somewhat like a goat. But the 'taw' bit? Webster's dictionary describes taw as a fancy marble. I'm guessing somewhere in Dad's ancestry, taws must have been a sort of slang for berries.
|Nannyberry (our family called it nannytaw) fruit is currently at it's snacking best.|
|Some berries are missing from this bunch. Robins love them.|
|Virginia creeper vines are now at their festive best.|
|The tree-lined laneway in the middle of our farm is perfect for relaxing walks.|
|October's sun climbs less high now and throws longer shadows.|
|The plastic net allows smaller birds to feed without the competition of bluejays.|