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 the devil into buying him a drink.

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 good and I will certainly make it again. It was also satisfying it turned out as well as I ‘tweaked’ it slightly.

When I have time on my hands, I find it really relaxing to play in the kitchen.

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 Amazon will bring another soon…..

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 threat after a short time.

I had hoped to take some shots of rutting but they weren’t performing. Never mind, a pleasant afternoon

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. 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

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 exposes the sapwood. The sapwood is attacked by fungi and bacteria, which form a cavity in the bole of the tree.

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-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

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 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.