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.
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 threat after a short time.
I had hoped to take some shots of rutting but they weren’t performing. Never mind, a pleasant afternoon
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. We all need to be careful, think of others and look to the future when things will get better. Hang in there, stay safe x
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 exposes the sapwood. The sapwood is attacked by fungi and bacteria, which form a cavity in the bole of the tree.
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-making process. The chlorophyll breaks down, the green colour disappears, and the yellow to orange colours become visible and give the leaves part of their autumn splendor
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 to pull the plough, and huge numbers of people would be employed on the land to produce food.
It is quite a debate, especially as we hear about unemployment unfortunately growing rapidly due to the corona virus crisis. But many people would not be able to afford produce from farms or anywhere else if humans needed to be employed in vast numbers as the cost of human labour would need to be passed on to consumers to cover the costs of the business.
I am very relieved that my working career is over, and my heart goes out to all of those young people struggling to find work and make a good life for themselves in an increasingly competitive labour market.