Monday, 31 October 2011

Spoooooooooky! a pumpkin carved out to make a Jack o' Lantern.

One of the traditions at Halloween is to display a pumpkin carved into a comic or a gruesome head. A candle is placed inside, and this makes a Jack o' Lantern. In earlier times in Ireland and Scotland instead of a pumpkin a turnip was used or even a fat cabbage stalk. The lantern was placed in a dark window and was thought to keep the evil spirits away. Let's hope it works!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Cranes spotted in France flying South, October 2011.

Cranes spotted in central France flying South, probably to Spain.  They  form an echelon which is aerodynamic, and they keep in touch with each other by calling  constantly.  This photograph shows a few of many hundreds that fly on this trajectory every year.  

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Knitting and crochet - The Tricot Journal, Paris 1934

Front cover illustration from the Tricot Journal of Paris 1934. The magazine is full of patterns for making chic  jackets, socks, waistcoats, blouses, hats, dresses for children etc., when the skill of the crochet hook was at its height.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Gaspar and Gontrond, the Yorkshire miniature terriers go on the offensive! and a small gothic house in France.

The miniature Yorkshire terriers Gaspar and Gontrond spy out the next door garden where a large Pyrenean  mountain dog stares back at them, through the fence!

A wonderful little gothic house in France, - probably belonging originally to the priest.

The attic window in a small gothic house in a village in Indre, France.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

French chestnuts, (marrons/chataignes).

Chestnuts date back to prehistoric times and are a wonderful food source. They were introduced to Europe via Greece. Chestnuts contain twice as much starch as potatoes, and can be eaten in many forms.
The photograph shows the chestnut in it's outer prickly shell and its shiny brown shell, beneath is an inner skin which has to be removed before cooking and eating.They are collected in October in France, and can be roasted, boiled, or ground into flour.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Walnuts in France.

Walnuts gathered in France. The shells in this variety are fairly smooth not thick, and unlike many types of walnuts don't have ridges, so more nut and less shell.     

Sunday, 16 October 2011

The peppered moth caterpillar camouflaged as a green rose bush twig.

The clever peppered moth caterpillar (biston betularia) disguises himself as a green twig on a rose bush!       Predators, ( mainly birds) would find it hard to find him, so he can eat rose leaves in peace and security. 
(Could of course be a her)?

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

The green door that now leads to the 'Dental Lab' in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Wonderful 19th century stained glass window at the head of the stairway to the 'Dental Lab'!
Green door on the street that takes you into the world of the 'Dental Lab'. Original mid 19th century front door.

Attractive typical 19th century Berwick-upon-Tweed staircase that leads - now - to a 'Dental Lab'.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Galvanised pails and tubs with painted numbers and words.

Old French pails and tubs with painted numbers and words arranged on an antique stand in an antique centre in perthshire, Scotland.