On our week end trip, we stopped to shop in Carmine, Tx. This is a very small community on highway 290 which was all but dead. When antiques and shabby chic became popular, some enterprising citizens slowly established antique/"junque" shops in the deserted stores.
In one of the stores there was a display of these huge acorns, dusty and obviously very old. I grew up in Victoria, Tx. In the city park there was a huge old tree which produced these over sized nuts. I had not thought about that tree in many years until I saw this tray and its contents. I asked the owner if he knew anything about where they had come from but he did not.
Someone else in the store said they had heard of such trees in the south coastal regions. The owner was so nice, he gave me one of them.
A site on Google named it a Bur Oak which is a variety of White Oak. These trees grow in the eastern US and central plains and in a narrow strip extending down into the Victoria area. This tree has the largest nut of any tree in the US, each one growing to about four inches in diameter.
In one of the other shops I snapped this cozy little corner and out the window, some chickens. If you are ever traveling between Austin and Houston on Hwy 290, a half hour or so spent in these quaint little shops will be well worth your time.
Thanks for traveling with me.