Tom: we have lots to be thankful for this week, starting with the help of our blogging friends yesterday in identifying this little flower:
Particular kudos goes to the gang over at Paw Relations, as well as to Oui-Oui. They both figured out it was a type of garlic flower. In fact, it's CROW GARLIC (Allium Vineale). #1 eventually found it herself on a site called Wild Flowers of the British isles. It's clear she needs more field guides!
We are grateful for our comfy and warm house as the days get shorter and the nights colder. We have had a very mild October so far, but have made fires in our fireplace the last couple of nights as it has gotten chillier. An arctic wave is expected starting tonight, so the central heating will probably go on too.
I am, as always, grateful for my long runs in the fields:
We saw this holly tree that thinks it's Christmas already!
We were very thankful to get confirmation a couple of nights ago that there are indeed barn owls nesting in our attic! When we went out at midnight, we heard the usual screeching and when we looked up to the specially build entranceway to the attic, we saw a young owl waiting for his or her Mummy! We couldn't get a photo so here is one off the Internet:
In France, barn owls are familiarly known as "Dame Blanche" or white ladies. We feel so honoured that this family has chosen to live with us!
Vidock and Big Tom are very thankful to be in their cozy and dry stable!
And last but not least, we are thankful to our friend Ms. A for this bounty of cèpe (porcini) mushrooms she gathered for us in the woods nearby!