This blog post isn’t about cats, but the trio above looked so adorable in this picture I thought you might like to meet them.
Richio (pronounced Reeshio), the black and white one, and tabbies Yemi and Yumi can be pretty appealing when they are waiting for their supper, but don’t let that look of innocent fool you.They rule the roost in my son, Craig’s London home, but then they are quite cute.
I love this time of year when the trees start to copper up, when the rowans are heavy with bright scarlet berries and fat spikey green chestnuts weigh down the branches of the horse chestnut trees
I collected this lovely lot on my way back from the library the other day. You have to get in quick before the birds get to them, but the chestnut harvest this year is so bountiful that I don’t think too many birds will starve.
If you have children in the house it’s fascinating for them to see how, over the course of a few days, the green shells split revealing the beautiful shiny mahogany brown conkers inside.
I especially like chestnuts because spiders DON’T like them, which is why you’ll find a little net bag of these fruits of autumn in suspicious corners of our house.
If I admit that this deterrent actually works I would be tempting fate. But I’m still collecting the chestnuts.
A few chestnutty facts
* The village of Ashton in Northants has hosted the world conker championships since 1965.
* After Victorian children learned how to drill holes in them and string them up, conkers became the most popular autumn pastime in playgrounds.
* Horse chestnuts were so called to distinguish them from sweet chestnuts
* The origins of the name are much debated, but conkers may have been soaked in lime water to reduce their bitterness before being fed to horses.
If you’ve been checking out my Facebook timeline then you will have already seen these. But just in case you haven’t …
I’m delighted with this cover. It gives a teasing taste of what the book is all about.
“Gennie Durham buys into the Flying Fox country pub, and finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery – with Oliver Hammond, the man she is becoming increasingly attracted to, as prime suspect.
But there’s worse to come…
An arsonist is on the loose in Fenwick cum Marten, and Gennie’s pub could be next on the list!”
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Have a great week everyone.