The cold weather I mentioned a couple of weeks ago seems to have taken an autumn holiday. Not thet I am complaining – far from it. Last Sunday, whilst we were walking the dogs, our neighbour confidently told us that there would be snow within ten days. At the time I expressed surprise. “Ah, bon?“, I said in a manner than expressed surprise. All I can say now is, three days to go, and look at the forecast.
I can’t see any snow there – in fact it still seems quite warm, and it looks like the winter tyres can stay in the barn for a bit longer.
So far, we have only used the wood burner on two evenings and not really needed it on either of those. Having said that, our house is very well insulated, and we often tend to feel comfortable at temperatures a degree or two lower than do some others.
This is the time of year for spectacular sunsets, and we are certainly enjoying our share. We saw, at sunset on Monday, a cloud formation that looked as though individual cloud elements were dropping their cargo of rain, but it not quite reaching the ground. In the absence of a proper camera, I pointed my trusty phone at it to record it for this blog, if not for posterity. Any comments would be welcomed.
It looks as though a snail had twisted around a few times, rather like a hammer thrower (or maybe was looking for the slingshot effect to escape the gravitational pull of its own mucus), totally failed in its attempt to veer off into the distance and instead wandered around in an uncontrolled state like Brian after a few too many fast spins on the Magic Roundabout (and if you are having trouble with that reference, it’s your own fault for being so young).
My new watch arrived! Finally, I can look at the thing on my wrist and believe what it tells me. There are lots of functions built in, most of which I shall never use, but it does, without pressing any combination of its four buttons, tell me the current time with a respectable level of accuracy – and really, that’s all I ask of it. That it also uses daylight to keep its battery charged and a radio signal to keep its time are two of the features that attracted me to it; that and the very clear face.
The field that I photographed a couple of weeks ago is now looking even better. Something is growing there. I have no idea what – all I can say for sure is that it isn’t weeds.
I can say that with confidence because, as Doug Larson (erstwhile columnist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette and for the Door Count Advocate) observed, “a weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows”.
I have been told that the weather this last spring and summer has resulted in less than the expected amount of hay, which will probably result in shortages for feeding livestock towards the end of winter. To counter that, crops are being put in now to provide fodder for March/April next year.