We ventured out for a woofer walk this afternoon, and were lucky to avoid the heavy storms that have been hitting the UK over this weekend. The ground was a tad soggy, but the dogs didn’t seem to mind, and it was good to be out in the fresh air.
It has been mentioned many times before, but as we hit the winter months it is worth repeating the positive impact that exercise (even a walk), and fresh air can have on our mental health.
Hopefully a little picture to make you smile this evening. Our youngest flatcoat has a very annoying habit of sitting on others. Earlier in the evening it was my turn, but obviously I wasn’t quite squidgy enough so it was Alfie’s turn.
I just love our dogs, they are such characters, and Alfie’s expression is priceless. For a big dog he is such a gentle slop.
Today’s picture comes from our back garden. The colours in the acer and Euonymus Europaeus Spindle Tree are fabulous at the moment and it certainly brightens our day. Hopefully it will brighten your day also.
Nature is a great reminder that our world hasn’t completely changed. We may be going through a stormy period at the moment, but things will get better in time. Stay safe x
We came across a rhododendron in flower in November whilst walking the woofers! It was in Cornwall but they are usually in bloom in March.
There are over 1,000 species of this plant and it enjoys cool climates with well-drained, slightly acidic soil. They are widely cultivated for their beautiful fragrant flowers and ornamental leaves. These leaves are arranged in a spiral shape along the stems. Some species are evergreen whereas others are deciduous.
The Portugueseman o’ war, (Physalia physalis) is often called a jellyfish, but is actually a species of siphonophore, a group of animals that are closely related to jellyfish, an animal made up of a colony of organisms working together.
While the man o’ war’s sting is rarely deadly to people, it packs a painful punch and causes welts on exposed skin, and can be very dangerous to animals
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 the devil into buying him a drink.