Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.
Hope all is well with you in your part of the world. Here the cases continue to rise following up the lifting of most restrictions on October 22nd. To be honest having seen the scenes of party goers piling into nightclubs that night I am not surprised that the cases are now around the 4000 mark.. So far there are only murmurings of another lockdown and hopefully the death rate will not increase at the same rate. Masks it is for me and most sensible people in enclosed spaces.
We are now book eligible for booster vaccinations and it will be interesting to discover which part of the country they will send us to this time. But very glad to be receiving the extra protection. We have had flu jabs too and it does offer some additional confidence when out and about.
Other than that we have had a month of rain this week which is great for the new parts of the lawn that are growing well. Inside we had the chimney for the wood burner swept.. fascinating machine like a giant vacuum cleaner that rotated in the chimney and not a speck of ash to be found in the dining room.. brilliant.
The weather has been much colder and the birds are certainly ready for their breakfast every morning.. and woe betide if I am a few minutes late.
On the menu is a mix I make up including wild bird seed, peanuts, sunflower hearts, meal worms and energy nuggets with a side of suet cake and fat balls made with sunflower seeds. It is very popular with the Guinness Book of Record for the number of starlings and sparrows in both the pyramid feeder and the bird bath broken daily. They do give a great deal of pleasure.
I have been working on some writing projects and four podcasts that will go out next week in my usual tribute to the war poets but with the poems in audio.
As always my thanks to William Price King, Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen for their contributions this week.. and to you for all your support which definitely keeps me motivated.