The light today was gloomy and the slate-grey overhead colander-canopy constantly leaked drizzle.
Jackie reported that this morning while Muggle tweeted in her ear she realised that there was another exchange of battle cries between
Nugget and someone else who occupied the garden of No 5 Downton Lane. There are now three robins setting out their territory. Later, when Jackie tried to engage Nugget in conversation while he was perched on the rose garden fence, he turned his back on her. “Aren’t you talking to me?”, she asked. He peered over his shoulder, fixed her witheringly, and turned away again.
“Where’s Nugget?” (41).
Given the date, we thought a trip to Burley, the village of witches, might be order.
In Everton Road the New Zealand flag fluttered limply at half mast. This was clearly in mourning for the All Blacks’ defeat by England last Saturday in the Rugby World Cup Semi Final. The New Zealanders have been the acknowledged best team in the world throughout my lifetime. Three times world champions, they had not lost any match in the tournament for twelve years.
Nearby a cross-eyed pumpkin face sat on a wall.
Despite the dismal drizzle Holmsley Passage managed to put on a bright face,
even though someone had dumped a sofa on the verge.
Jackie photographed me as I wandered along for a while.
Landscapes on the moorland section were misted by dripping precipitation.
At Burley a pair of guinea fowl created their own mix of havoc, amusement, and trepidation, as they wandered back and forth across the through road.
One young lady crouching with her mobile phone graphically expressed her concern as they stepped off the kerb;
two young cyclists seemed a bit bemused.
While I concentrated on these two, Jackie observed a chicken eating an ice cream.
Shop windows venerated the season;
we both pictured The Mall,
guarded by a pumpkin witch.
All the little shops in this small street sported suitable adornments.
Jackie entered a gift shop in search of stocking fillers. She emerged with two owls, which, if Orlaith got her sums right, makes the current garden total 93.
This evening we dined at The Wheel at Bowling Green. Jackie enjoyed tempura prawn starters followed by a rack of ribs, fries, onion rings, and plentiful fresh salad; my choice was equally good breaded whitebait, salad and toast followed by rib-eye steak, chips, mushroom, tomato, and peas. Mrs Knight drank Kaltenberg and I drank Malbec.