Red Sky at Night...
Jesus points out they can read basic signs in the skies to predict weather but refuse to recognise obvious signs such as the many miracles He has already accomplished. He declares He will not give them any sign but that of Jonah (Jonah 1:17), who was swallowed by the whale and restored on the third day (Matthew 16:1–4).
Now you know!
So, the colour of the sky has harboured a great number of folklore and sayings, and these are often correct, and scientifically proven. For example:
Similarly, ‘Rain Before Seven, Fine by Eleven’ is often correct because when there is rain, there are also strong winds and this usually means that early morning rain, will be blown away by midday.
Plants and wildlife can be observed to react to weather conditions too, for example:
There are plenty of sayings or proverbs pertaining to plants as well, such as
Onion-skins very thin
Mild winter coming in;
Onion-skins thick and tough,
Coming winter cold and rough.
When dew is on the grass, rain will never come to pass: Dew forms when grass gets colder than the dew-point temperature (the temp at which dew forms). At night, grass cools when heat from the ground radiates upward. In a clear, dry atmosphere, this heat escapes the atmosphere and rises into outer space. In a moist and humid atmosphere, water vapour absorbs some of that heat and can redirect it back down to the ground, warming up the grass, and thus keeping it dew free. Dew on the grass is therefore a sign of a high-pressure system, and good weather.
April showers bring May flowers:
Cool, wet weather in spring helps grass prepare for strong growth later in May.
The ash before the oak, choke, choke, choke.
The oak before the ash, splash, splash, splash:
This refers to which tree breaks bud first in the spring; If ash trees break bud before oak trees, this foretells a wet summer.
Pinecones open up when good weather is coming:
Scientifically based – as during dry weather, pinecones dry out, which causes their scales to stand out and appear more "open", whereas in wet weather, the scales curl up and the cones return to a more closed shape.
So - now you know [even more!].
November - last chance saloon!
Planting in pots / containers:
On the windowsill or in the greenhouse:
Some November plants but I am not currently bothered with include horseradish, mushrooms and oyster plant. The latter is also known as sea mertensia or sea bluebells and generally grows in coastal areas but also does well in rockeries – and is increasing in popularity as a gourmet accompaniment, either raw or cooked, to fish dishes. I might try it if I have room in the greenhouse!
Normally (whatever that might be) the weather in the UK during November (less than a week away) ranges from “poor to unpleasant” depending on the destination. Average temperatures in London are a daytime maximum of 12°C (53°F), and a minimum night-time temperature of around 6°C (42°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. Edinburgh is colder with maximum daytime temperatures around 10°C (49°F) and minimum night-time temperatures around 4°C (39°F) and again moderate rainfall. So – generally unpleasant.
However, my cosmos (annuals), nasturtiums, feverfew, geraniums, hollyhocks, sweet peas (perennials) are all flourishing. Don’t get me wrong – I like that it is still attractive, and the bees are buzzing, and the birds are happily foraging – BUT it is of some concern when it is probably an indicator of global warming.
Should these (below) all be flowering so profusely at the end of October??
I have heard that the injection can be a real game-changer. It has been so weird, and I have been feeling like a wrinkled-up and deflated birthday balloon. Having said that, I have had a good day or two – probably helped by the fact that it has been bright and sunny!
Paul has been setting up / working at the Cheltenham Literature Festival (which is quite a big thing over here) as well as doing the odd shift at The Everyman Theatre too. After this Cheltenham work he will be employed until into January on various winter and Christmas “festivals” including running the Cotswold farm Park Enchanted Light Trail again. However, the past few days have been somewhat miserable as he has been unwell – and yesterday recorded a very definitely positive Covid test result. SIGH!
We were meant to be having a few days away at Marco Pierre White’s hotel near Bath – a dinner, bed and breakfast deal that I got months ago. Fortunately, the hotel was incredibly kind and allowed me to postpone the break-away. They certainly weren’t obliged to as the terms and conditions were quite clear about 48 hours’ notice and no amendments and all that jazz but having sweet-talked the receptionists, they have re-allocated us over the weekend of Halloween. PHEW!
I have been (am) feeling a bit fed-up recently. So, I don’t know if this was the right thing to do or not, but whilst I still juggle numerous part-time jobs (seven roles currently), I handed my notice in at one of my schools – where I am a part-time Administrator in the school office as well as being their Clerk to the Governors. Anyway, with all the combined job roles in all employment having a certain amount of micro-management and lots of bureaucracy I weighed up the odds and this particular employment got the chop. It is a shame as the team is great and the children enjoy a fabulously run school environment, but that’s the way it goes. My last official day in school is tomorrow (19th).
My various other jobs seem to be under control – the past month has been a bit of a nightmare, but I am feeling more relaxed about everything now that I made the decision to make some changes. However, there is the possibility of a second interview with an organisation called the Cheltenham Trust (p/t flexible/work from home role) and, funnily enough, amongst other things, they run the Cheltenham Festivals...!! see: Homepage | Cheltenham Festivals
So... what else? Nothing very exciting I'm afraid. I have spent some time sorting things out at home, including planting up some Penstemons which I bought as plug plants – because they were a bargain on-line offer – and the window box. I’ve also wielded the secateurs with a vengeance and enthusiastically prune anything that I come across [everything then!] and have moved some shrubs and plants. I am avoiding any real work – like weeding and digging and heavier stuff – just haven’t got the energy. However, I do think being out in the garden and the greenhouses is of so much benefit. Especially when the sun is shining!
Garlic needs a long growing season to do well, and therefore planting in autumn is perfect timing so that plants develop roots and shoots before the heavy frosts. When sown in October they should be ready to lift and dry by June or July next year.
Fortunately, garlic needs little care – only needing regular watering in spring and early summer, and when the foliage turns yellow this is a sign that the bulbs are reaching maturity. Then the bulbs can be lifted from the soil and left to dry out for a couple of days, in full sun. Easy as!
It has been such a beautiful weekend that I have spent a lot of time pottering about, tidying-up and prepping - optimistically - for the winter. Check out my progress (below) - I've even moved shrubs and perennials as instructed by the magazines and books and planted up pots and containers with winter flowers. Super organised!