Since Halloween has rolled around again, bringing its threat of weird kids demanding treats with menace, I thought it fitting to share this image with you.
Protective Garlic Ring
Spotted several of these woven garlic strings hanging in odd places while I was on the island of Zakynthos recently… people hung them beside their doors and windows… one place had them hanging from the verandah roof… even the hotel I was in had strings woven into rings hanging from the porch lights beside the main entrance. So of course I had to ask what was for me the obvious question, “What’s with all the hanging garlic? You guys afraid of vampires in the night or what?”
Well dear reader a satisfactory answer was not forthcoming. The guy who worked in the hotel bar told me it was traditional… well I’ve visited the Greek mainland and islands on many occasions and never seen the like before so I didn’t believe a word of that let me tell you! Yes I have seen garlic hung up to dry before storage on fences, from olive trees and occasionally from overhanging low roofs, but I didn’t think this was what Dionysus meant when he said ‘traditional’. So I’m a bit puzzled, at a bit of a loss for a sensible explanation… perhaps the Zakynthian locals hang garlic around their doors and windows for just this reason… to confuse their tourist visitors. Alternatively, maybe they really believe garlic will keep those nasty Vampires at bay!
This double fungi reminds me of a Weeble that has fallen over.
See what I mean?
But it can’t be true…
Because as we all know…
Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down!
Let me ask you a few questions…
- Are you inquisitive?
- Do you an enquiring mind?
- Do your ears prick up at each and every new sound?
- Do unusual smells get your juices flowing?
If you answered a resounding ‘yes’ to any/all of the above you may be related to this young lady:
Tilly the inquisitive Dog
Of course you’ll need to be on your toes to keep up with an inquisitive Tilly
heared me a noize… gots to go ‘vestigates
Once on a mission there’s no stopping Tilly!
If I was an actor one of the lines I’d love to say is “I’m getting the Hell out of Dodge!” No particular reason other than Dodge City always looked like one of those places it would be better to leave than arrive in… especially in those old western movies. So anyway I saw this old Dodge truck abandoned in an olive grove while I was walking in Alykes, Zakynthos, early one morning away and couldn’t resist grabbing an image while saying…
I’m getting the Hell out of Dodge in this 1950s Dodge Truck
I know, I know, I’m just a sad old fart
One of the things I like about some of the larger fungi growing wild in the UK is the way they age, change shape and texture and take on a whole new life…
Just a few weeks ago these were looking fresh, smooth and fleshy… just look at the wonderful way the caps are drying out still on the stalk.
I only wish I could provide you with the texture and smell of these beautiful wood mushrooms.
Lovely word that isn’t it? Fecundity… I could say it all day long!
I have no idea what tree these seeds belong to… didn’t recognise it at all. The tree is obviously full of life though, wouldn’t you say?
Seed bearing twig
The seeds themselves reminded me of grape pits and I dare say they are spread far and wide by the birds who seemed rather interested in the opening pods.
Spider of Evening Primrose
“Come in to my parlour” said the Spider to the fly…
Fly on Tansy
No dears nothing to do with our shabby, worn out government… it’s all about having an abundance of seeds, just like the little sycamore tree at the end of my street.
I used to love playing with these when I was a kid…
Of course life was so much more innocent in those days with no X-Box or Play Station to corrupt young minds with games like Grand Theft Auto etc…
Parents were happy to let their kids roam free…
And dinosaurs stalked the earth…
Back then us kids were happy to play ‘helicopters’ with sycamore seeds.
Guess who proved she isn’t just a pampered lap-dog yesterday? Yeah I’m talking about Tilly, who now fancies herself some kind of super-hunter… naughty girl that she is. I don’t condone domestic pets who hunt and kill for the hell of it and yes I appreciate for the most part they are just doing what comes naturally, but that doesn’t make it right. I won’t interfere with an animal that is hunting to survive, but I would normally stop a domestic pet hunting because it doesn’t need to do so. I feel the same way about Man… if you don’t need to hunt, don’t do it… especially when the object of your hunting is something you either won’t or can’t eat!
So anyway Tilly flushed a rabbit yesterday and instead of running for its burrow the dumb thing ran into open ground way too far away for me to interfere… I think it would still have made it to safety, but the stupid animal suddenly decided to ‘hide’ in the grass and hunkered down… big mistake, that action gave Tilly an easy kill. She pounced, grabbed, shook, changed her hold and shook again and it was all over; Terriers are excellent killers when it comes to rodents, even when they’ve never been trained to it.
A sheepish Tilly with her kill
She knew she’d done wrong, but Tilly was very proud of her kill and loathe to leave it; it’s hard to chastise an animal for acting on instinct so having told Tilly she was a bad dog I left it at that. I console myself in the knowledge this particular bunny was doomed for an early grave… if it hadn’t been Tilly it would have been some other hunter that did for the rabbit. We didn’t take the corpse, we left that for the scavengers; less than 24 hours later there is no sign it was ever there so it is likely the body was taken by a badger, a buzzard or a fox, all of which are plentiful in the area. Nothing is wasted in Nature.
People often talk about the beauty of Autumn colours, especially the turning leaves on the deciduous trees. Sometimes though you miss some of the best colour changes if you only have eyes for the tree-line… what about the changing leaf colours on plants closer to the ground?
How about these amazing bramble leaves? Surely they must be worthy of a mention…
Spotted these leaves yesterday while walking Tilly and thought they were absolutely stunning… couldn’t resist grabbing a couple of images.