Each evening as it get’s dark I hear the geese flying overhead and love to listen to their melancholy calls. You can just about see them in this pic.
As the hour has gone back it’s now dark at four thirty. I love autumn but the long dark evenings can be depressing and leave little time to garden. It also means I’m constantly walking dogs in the dark, which results in me constantly finding hedgehogs. This week alone I’ve found three under-weight baby hogs. On one occasion I actually found two while walking Sam and Annie. It was incredibly difficult getting hogs and dogs home, let me tell you, but somehow I managed it! All three are doing well though, so it looks like I caught them just in time.
I’m still walking Oscar and Charlie and I have a sneaky feeling the walking will be extended beyond the month as the owner isn’t recovering as quickly as planned. I wonder how many miles I walk in a week…..I normally enjoy walking as it allows a little time to think…..but I’m limping at the moment as I managed to cut my big toe while walking home bare foot….please don’t ask!!! But, hey, dogs don’t care about stuff like that, they still demand their walks.
Pinatubo Crater Lake, Manila
Last week, Hubs went to Manila in the Philippines on a business trip, and will be away for another week. This has me thinking about technology and the amazing advances that have come about over the last twenty years. Then, we didn’t even have mobile phones, now, contact is varied and instant.
Every where hubs goes, I can go too. I get to see the cities and the countryside. I can gasp at the traffic jams and potter through the shopping malls. He sends me pictures and video, then at midnight my time, and morning for him, he pops up on skype and I can see and speak to him. Amazing when you think about it.
Here’s one of the pics he sent me, I watched a VERY scary video of how he was driven throughout the night in a jeep through the most rugged countryside and rivers to get to see this….whereas I can just enjoy it with a glass of wine, from the comfort of my chair. The jeep he was in actually broke down three times….and was repaired with nothing more than a hammer, by a masked guy who looked like a Kung Fu expert! Health and safety don’t seem to be an issue over there.
This week I released another three birds in my garden. I’ve lost count of how many have started their new lives here…..it’s lovely to see them go, but also very nerve racking too as some aren’t quite ready and don’t fly properly which means I have to re-catch them. These went off beautifully.
Herbie has been hibernating for weeks now, but I do open up his hog house occasionally to check he’s OK. I leave him food and water each day in case he wakes up for a few days. He seems happy enough….so lets pop his lid back on.
There you go….all tucked back up.
I actually have a chilli plant still producing fruit in here. The others finished weeks ago. My cuttings are all doing well too and I’m starting to pot up tulips for a little spring cheer before the seedlings get going next spring.
I let Sam and Annie have a few runs on the new lawn this week. The poor grass didn’t know what hit it! Huge chunks of turf were torn up….so I think they’ll have to run in the front over winter!!! Having a newly turfed lawn is like having a new carpet, you can’t stand to see a single fluff on it for the first few months. I’m out raking the leaves off the lawn every day….I can’t seem to stop myself. Anyone with any sense would wait for the leaves to fall….
The front lawn however is a different story, soon you won’t see the grass for leaves here. The colours this year are stunning, the leaves positively glow!
This is the road outside. The cherry leaves are very vibrant.
And finally…..I’ve finished decorating the hall, landing and stairs. Only the bedrooms to go now, but they may have to wait until next year when I do the lounge and study.
And here’s a few of my “Oasis” paintings, I’m working on a set of forty for an exhibition next year.