Okay so I'm a day late, but I did think it yesterday! How many other people always feel the need to say 'rabbits, rabbits' on the first of the month? Another one we always used to say was 'pinch, punch, first of the month' to which someone would invariably say 'a punch and a kick for being so quick'. I blame my wandering thoughts of this to Sue over at The Cottage at the End of a Lane . She always writes such great posts about old folklore and traditions.
On that note, as I saw her post the other day I had to pull out my copy of The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden. I actually went out and found my own copy after Sue had mentioned it. It's a really gorgeous book. Lots of lovely tales and beautiful illustrations. It really is wonderful. I was looking through November's pages and there is an illustration of a green woodpecker. I was lucky enough to see one while I was home visiting Mum. I don't remember seeing one before or, more likely, I haven't paid attention. It seems lately I've been seeing red tailed hawks everywhere here. I'm sure it's not the first time they've been around, more likely because I now know what they are I see them more often.
Isn't it gorgeous?
The hawks I've been seeing are on my walk in the woods, on the way to the shops yesterday, one flew in front of my car last week and in my neighbour's tree a couple of days ago! I came home from my walk and wondered why there was a deafening silence - no birds, no noise, nothing - the food on the bird table had barely been touched despite being early in the morning. A few minutes later I saw it!
No wonder the birds were so quiet!
Now that November has rolled around I'm thinking of the holidays (I'm not saying the 'c' word yet lol). I'm actually going to make a list! I have a few accessories left over from last year and I don't want to repeat buy. That's one of my goals for today. I couldn't sleep - woke up when husband did (4am) and couldn't get back to sleep. My mind started going a mile a minute so I didn't doze off again. I laid there until hubby and son left for work (5.30) and then got up. So I have extra time though I'm pretty sure I'll be ready to doze by this afternoon.
What's everyone else up to this Friday?
Thank you for the mention :-)ReplyDelete
You have to be quick for a Green Woodpecker photo, they are off and away at any movement. Wish I'd got a dashcam on my car as a Buzzard flew right across the road in front of me just down the road as I was driving home an hour ago
I've been out and about to Bury St Edmunds this morning. Lots of photos of the cathedral to come later this month.
I love Bury! It's so beautiful there. The gardens are always fabulous. I caught that one at Christchurch Park. It didn't stay put for long!Delete
After two months away I'm trying to catch up on all the household jobs that didn't get done while I was away. Also made sweet potato cream soup with coconut milk in, with a chicken stock base, pretty good. Not enough hours in the day. Wish it was on more fun things. I don't think I've seen a green woodpecker, beautiful.ReplyDelete
What a lovely trip you must have had. I saw some of your photos on Instagram. I think you left about the time I got back. It took some settling in after 6 weeks away lol. Well worth it though!Delete
We always say 'white rabbits' on the first of the month and it has to be your first words of the day, before you've spoken to anyone!ReplyDelete
Interesting. Hopefully it brings good luck all month long!Delete
I've not heard of saying "rabbits, rabbits" on the 1st of the month or ever! Don't think I'v seen a green woodpecker, either! I do see hawks from time to time - they used to nest in some of the tall buildings in downtown, too.ReplyDelete
One year, I gave copies of the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady as Christmas gifts to one or two of my cousins, but I don't think they appreciated it as much as I enjoyed my copy of it. But, they all think I'm a bit weird, that way. There was a time when, if anyone gave a child a book as a gift, the adults always assumed it was me, because I was forever giving books as gifts! :D
I've not heard rabbits, rabbits either...now, I'll google it. Beautiful pictures.ReplyDelete