Today is Saturday 16th October

It is a glorious day here. The sun is bright and it is really warm outside……….. provided you can keep out of the wind.

Our agenda today is to finish the generator box and get everything in position. Then we will start the next project in preparation for the cooker replacement. We have several ideas.

Lunch today will be cottage pie. I have some potatoes left over from our hash the other day so will either slice those and put them on the top or chop them up and throw them in the mix depending on how far they stretch!

Housework also calls as the house is more than an inch thick in dust. I hate dusting, but it’s been a while since I took everything off the shelves and had a rearrange. Lazy I know.

A flock of about 50 geese have just flown over our house. They are truly amazing in flight and we have watched larger flocks in the sky and wonder at their navigational senses.
I wish we still had our special edition copy of Fly Away Home.

Hope you are having a good day. Keep safe everyone.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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40 Responses to Today is Saturday 16th October

  1. Liz says:

    I am lazy with my own dusting.

    I was an early bird today with having to wait for a delivery. My microwave.
    Its arrived anyway, before lunch. I have just had tuna sandwiches and crisps for lunch and the plan is to go out for a spade, so I can remove a bush from my garden that I haven’t done yet. I doubt I will dig it out today though. My plan will be dvd’s I reckon.

    I think the sun is hiding behind the clouds here.

    • Thanks Liz. Our grass needs cutting so if it’s dry tomorrow i can do that while Hubby is finishing off the box. Don’t envy you digging out a bush though. Hope the roots don’t go too deep.

      • Liz says:

        Its a buddleia that I am digging out. Read that roots don’t go too deep, but I have a feeling this one does.
        I started with a trowel, removing soil from around the base. Then I hoped wiggling it would be enough to move it before pulling it out. But no movement at all. So a spade was needed for making it easier when removing further soil.

      • Good luck. We have one and have just cut it back as it didn’t do very much and then went mad. Must have seen the roses LOL!

      • Liz says:

        There’s no stopping them, when cutting back, as you learnt.
        This one of mine was already cut right down to base when I viewed the property. I not long cut it all back, that had grown again.

  2. Don’t mention dusting! Geese though are something else!

    • Our Canada geese have migrated but we have another species visit during the winter, though not in such great numbers.

      • Lucky you! We get masses of migrating cranes but far fewer geese. I think we mustn”t be on their flight path.

      • I love taking pictures of the goslings (and ducklings too) then watching them grow up. There were a lot again this year.

      • I’ve only ever seen one clutch of ducklings. The stream isn’t very big, and there are some nice big ponds around, where the farmers have dammed the stream.

      • I hope you’ve had a chance to see my pictures Jane. I find them so fascinating.

      • I’m going to look now. Like I was saying to Goff this evening, the prompt circle of reciprocation has kept me from using the reader at all. I’m going to get back into the habit, drop the prompts.

      • They are lovely photos! Are all greylag geese families so different? You’d think they were different species. Lucky to get so close to them and to be accepted as not being a danger.

      • The greylag is a different species to the Canada goose and yet these two have produced young this year. The white gosling is spectacular and it has been terrific watching them grow up and take flight. I always talk to the geese or ducks when I’m taking photos, not taking advantage of getting too close, but sometimes, I can almost touch them……… and last year a canada goose prodded my bum for food! There are two residential pairs here, one has a damaged wing and can’t fly so he and his mate stay, and the other pair seem content here, so may just be too old. My Mum would have loved it here.

      • Is it a protected site?

      • Not that I know of. The Canada geese come here every year to breed and people moan about the mess, which is a nuisance I agree. We noticed a couple of greylags a couple of years ago, and this pair have stayed together, so it was wonderful to see them with babies as I understood that different species don’t usually breed. They had 4 as you can see from my pictures, 2 like Mum and 2 like dad.

      • It’s interesting that that has happened. Maybe a survival tactic in these uncertain, changing times?

      • It’s possible, I love to watch them and how the adults close ranks to protect the young in creches. The new parents may hiss at me and I just talk to them anyway but not getting any closer and they seem to get the message that I’m not a threat.

      • I hope nobody takes advantage of their docility. There’s a lot of eating on a goose.

      • Ah, usually the adults are quite aggressive to passersby when they have young. I guess because we visit the park every day, they’ve gotten use to our voices.
        As an aside, if things got really bad, we would not starve as there are geese, ducks, and pigeons to be had, plus I make a mean rabbit pie and we have seen evidence of them in the park too.

      • I know people keep them instead of guard dogs. A whole flock of them can be quite intimidating!
        Between the stalking and the eating there’s the killing though. Would you be able to do it? I’d rather stick with the veg.

      • My uncle and aunt had a guard goose. Boy did it make a racket!! I have no qualms with cooking something Hubby brings to the table, hence my rabbit pies when he was doing pest control. My only request has always been not to see him dispatch it.

      • You’ve got a stronger stomach than I have!

      • Not really. Hubby does all the skinning and gutting etc, I get the easy bit.

      • We never had rabbit at home because my mother had awful memories of having to eat rabbit when she was a kid during the war. Her grandparents kept them for food but they couldn’t bear to kill them. A neighbour used to do it, but they all hated eating them. Husband doesn’t like it either, so I have only ever eaten rabbit prepared by a flatmate when I was at university!

      • Mum was the same, and the first time we had rabbit she tried to pass it off as chicken. I didn’t eat it for years, but then Hubby went into pest control and brought some decent rabbits home. I made stews and pies, and one old boy very happy as I promised him a pie.

      • I don’t think I’d feel very comfortable eating rabbits caught round here. There’s a sickness affecting the rabbit and hare populations and I’ve seen dead rabbits about (until the foxes eat them).

      • Myxomatosis is a terrible disease that affects rabbits and you cannot eat them. Hubby would rather dispatch a rabbit humanely than let it suffer.

      • He’s right! I’m not sure it’s myxomatosis, which as far as I remember was introduced into rabbit populations to keep them down.

      • Yes, and there is a strain called VHD (aka RHD or Rabbit/Viral Hemorrhagic Disease which is sometimes referred to as rabbit ebola) which is highly contagious. It is heartbreaking as the animal bleeds from the inside and every orifice, is blind, confused and has no control over its body. If you see a rabbit bleeding from its eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and back passage, don’t touch it or walk anywhere near it.

      • Poor things. The amphibians get a similar one. It’s awful seeing toads with it. Watching a rabbit die like that….

      • It’s not quick Jane. Hubby cannot bear to see an animal suffering.

      • It takes the toads days to die. I ought to kill them when I see them, but I don’t know how to! They’re already suffering, and I don’t want to add to it.

      • I know how you feel.

  3. murisopsis says:

    I do not like to dust either – Sparky has taken over that task. Now he has 3 things that he must do: dust, vacuum the stairs, and bring the laundry up and down from the laundry room!

  4. Carol anne says:

    Hope doing the housework was not too draining!
    I love the movie, fly away home!
    Its beautiful!

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