A short anecdote to go with the peanut story:
Peanuts had to be dried on the roof. The watchman would help carry bags of peanuts up via a ladder. My mom would then climb a nearby tree up to the roof and sit there in the shade, waving a stick to scare off thieving crows. That may not have been the wisest choice of chore, though, since she herself ate as many as the crows.