Fructidor was actually the final month of the year, starting 18th August and running to 22nd September, this was the month of fruit.
In Cymraeg hazel is cyll and is sometimes also called collen... remember that double ll isn't the same sound it makes in english. Hazelnuts are everywhere where I live, and as a result we find hazel trees popping up everywhere because the mice bury them as winter stores. You can tell what sort of small rodent ate them by the shape of the hole in the shell.
Common dormice leave a smooth, round hole in the side of the nut, with teeth marks running around the inside of the hole. This marking is so unique that it’s a method used for surveying presence of dormice in woods.
Wood mice leave teeth marks on the surface of the nut and across the edge of the hole. The hole may be either circular or ragged in shape.
Bank voles create a round hole but the teeth marks are across the edge of the shell, not on the surface. This can take them up to 20 minutes!
Todays Merino & Silk colour is this super vibrant pink, and this colourway is in the shop now.