Sunday Musings At The End Of October

The weather continues to act strangely in Eastern England. It has been unusually warm, reaching 22C on Saturday, despite cloudy skies. My shorts have been on since last weekend, and it seems as if Autumn is on hold for now. Maybe we will go straight into Winter?

The clocks went back one hour last night, so as usual I woke up far too early. When I realised that 7:30 was actually 6:30, I went back to bed. But I could not get back off to sleep, so it is going to feel like a long day today.


Ollie’s ear infection cleared up remarkably quickly with the new treatment, and he was back to his old self in just over three days. It is always a relief to see our canine companion pain-free, and undisturbed by any medical issues.


It is Halloween on Monday, but as usual I will not be celebrating it. I have no connection with this increasingly commercial imported festival of begging for sweets, and I am content to be very grumpy about it. As we do not leave out a pumpkin or show an outside light on the day, we will not be bothered by any ‘trick or treaters’. But for some reason, they have now decided to add fireworks to the event, so I hope that the many pets around here are not subjected to an evening of terror from the noise.


My fiction serial concludes today, with the 30th episode. I am not sure when to start the next one, so will be consulting my notebook to decide which theme to expand upon.


Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, I wish you a happy and peaceful Sunday. And if you are enjoying dry weather, make the most of it.
It is raining in Beetley today.


52 thoughts on “Sunday Musings At The End Of October

  1. (1) I had second thoughts about hiking to the top of Cathedral Rock yesterday (elevation: 8597 ft / 2620 m) because the high was forecast to be 54° F / 12° C at the base of the rock (7510 ft / 2289 m). I wore a long sleeve shirt and took along a windbreaker. As it turns out, I didn’t need the windbreaker, and, thanks to the sun, I felt warm throughout the hike!
    (2) We haven’t “fallen back” yet. We make the change at 2 am on November 6.
    (3) Give Ollie a hug for me!
    (4) So you’re Grumpy on Halloween? That only leaves me six dwarfs to choose from…
    (5) I’m two episodes behind in the serial, but will catch up as soon as I do, and not one minute before.
    (6) Dry weather in Las Vegas is more or less a given.

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  2. When my children were of trick or treat age we lived in the country on a gravel road with neighbors spaced 1/2 mile apart at the closest (farms mostly). rather than take them into town we took them to a dinner at a buffet place, also out in the country about 3 miles from us. Since we moved here and are 300 feet off the road down a dark drive we have not have one trick or treater. Bummer as they are fun to photograph. I suggest you could start a new tradition of taking a wind glass around and begging for wine 🙂 Warmest regards, Ed

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    1. Thanks, John. We got stuck with rain and cloud, but I am staying cheerful Sausage Cassoulet for dinner later, and the latest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale on TV. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.


  3. So pleased for Ollie. I hope you won’t have too many fireworks to upset him. I don’t understand the obsession with fireworks. People have the stupidest ways of wasting money and it is so anti-social. I am very sorry Halloween made its way across the Atlantic but I guess it was bound to as there is money to be made. If I had had children I can’t imagine allowing them to go out annoying people. And I would be afraid of someone giving them something nasty.

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn. In the current economic climate here, I find it incredible that people have money to waste on fireworks. They complain they cannot afford the increases in domestic fuel bills, then go out and buy fireworks. They need to get their priorities straight.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  4. Our temperatures are about normal for this time of the year, however we are experiencing drought conditions. We have had a few small fires in the area which are always worrisome. Today and tomorrow bring the promise of rain so we will see.

    We do not have trick-or-treaters here because we are so rural. I am glad not to have all that candy in the house.

    Enjoy your Sunday, Pete. We have one more week before the clocks go back.

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  5. Good news about Ollie, Pete. I don’t bother with Hallowe’en either, but my 2-year old granddaughter will be introduced to it this year: I will quite happily abstain 😉 I had a Covid booster yesterday, so I didn’t feel much like lingering in bed beyond 7 o’clock; no worrying symptoms yet anyway, other than an aching arm. I hope to be able to enjoy the lighter mornings for a couple of weeks, anyway. Cheers, Jon.

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  6. Glad to hear Ollie is better! You’re getting nicer weather than me, grey and rainy yesterday at 15C but supposed to be better today though no sign of that yet. Our little Liddy is all about Halloween and will be round our house dressed up like god-knows-what ready to beg for sweets with the rest of the kids round here, I can’t begrudge that happiness.

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    1. We have the grey and rain here this morning. I spoke too soon!
      Our grandchildren love Halloween too, but they don’t go trick or treating. My step-daughter has a little Halloween party for them. I don’t go, but Julie usually does. Not this year though, as she is laid-up with Flu. (So much for the Flu jab she had last week!)
      Best wishes, Pete.

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