October 29th – Pumpkin carving

I got home this evening to find these on the doorstep. Looks like the lodgers have been busy… The carving of pumpkins originates from the Samhain festival, when Gaels would carve turnips to ward off spirits and stop fairies from settling in houses. A theory that explains the Americanised name Jack O’Lantern came from the folkloric story of Stingy Jack, who fooled theContinue reading “October 29th – Pumpkin carving”

October 24th – Thai soup….

Well, it was a pretty grim day weather wise, and so we sorted out a few cupboards and old books. Should we ditch (take to a charity shop) a pasta recipe book? As normal, I decided to hang on to it and also tried out a soup recipe in it. The result was surprisingly goodContinue reading “October 24th – Thai soup….”

October 23rd – who ate the map???

Our photo book arrived today and it got us talking about our next adventure. I decided to go and get the map of Europe to float some ideas, and went to a page showing part of France to discover one of the 4 legged children had decided to eat it….. Hopefully our friends at AmazonContinue reading “October 23rd – who ate the map???”

October 20th – Shooting

I went hunting for deer today, stalking them and then shooting them, but I used a camera….. No guns for me!!! It was great spending time watching these lovely creatures chill in the autumn sunshine. They spotted me, but I kept still and a reasonable distance, and they seemed to sense I was no threatContinue reading “October 20th – Shooting”

October 18th – Symbolic

Today’s picture, taken whilst on the morning dog walk, made me think of where we are on the Covid-19 journey. Whilst today’s skies were pretty dark and cloudy, much like the mood of the UK as we experience wave 2 of this horrible virus, but there is a glimmer of light in the distance. WeContinue reading “October 18th – Symbolic”

October 17th – A big stick?

The hounds found a hollow in a huge tree to explore on our way yesterday. The hollow was very large, despite the tree still being alive A¬†tree hollow¬†is a cavity in a living¬†tree.¬†Tree¬†holes can be caused when an injury to the¬†tree, such as breakage of a limb, creates an opening through the bark and exposesContinue reading “October 17th – A big stick?”

October 15th – Autumn day….

A fantastic afternoon on the golf course with 3 mates in the autumn sunshine. Well my golf wasn’t fantastic, but the scenery was. The trees are definitely turning colour and leaves falling, making it difficult to find balls that have strayed off the fairway. Because of¬†changes¬†in the length of daylight and¬†changes¬†in temperature, leaves¬†stop their food-makingContinue reading “October 15th – Autumn day….”

October 14th – productivity….

As I walked the dogs this morning, I came across a tractor ploughing a large plot in the early morning, autumn sunshine. The sight and the efficiency of this single tractor which now ploughs a field in a fraction of the time, which not so long ago, farmers would use a horse or oxen toContinue reading “October 14th – productivity….”