2018 Summer Holiday – Part 3: Cancelled

The temperatures dropped and a little bit of rain fell. Mist-waith, or dragons-breath, as it’s known in the West of Ireland, (and probably other lands where dragons are known to frequent) tangled itself within the sides of our little mountain.

What cute little dragon arms you have

What cute little dragon arms you have

The last of the strawberries, having survived the smoke and heat, then the slug onslaught when the rain did finally start falling, tasted divine.

All by myself, don’t wanna be ... wait a minute ...

All by myself, don’t wanna be … wait a minute …

The strawberry plants are in the same bed as Hardcore Parsley and they weren’t going to be outdone by a mere parsley plant …

Hardcore Strawb says ... “Autumn? What Autumn! ... it ain’t over ‘til we tell you it’s over!”

Hardcore Strawb says … “Autumn? What Autumn! … it ain’t over ‘til we tell you it’s over!”

And finally, the garden underneath the Summer Tree in the front yard managed to produce this little jewel…

Hanging with the bread ... (a ring-in from the compost heap)

Hanging with the bread … (a ring-in from the compost heap)

Unfortunately the Summer heat and smoke took it’s toll on both Mrs Widds and my health. Mrs Widds is still jousting with a nasty bout of bronchitis, and although I felt like I was coughing up my toes on occasions, the dreaded ‘Chitis’-Lurgy passed me by this year, substituting some form of Digestive-Lurgy instead, to remind me of my mortality.

We rescheduled and rescheduled our trip until common-sense prevailed and we cancelled it completely. Disappointing, but to paraphrase Miss Scarlett O’Hara, “2019 is another year.”

As a fitting end to this post I now present you with this little story …A week ago a spider took up residence inside the front window. Not long after, two … ahem … ‘gentlemen callers’ took up arms against each other to woo the fair damsel.
As is the way of things, ‘there can be only one’ … but Mother Nature, and Mdme Spider, was not done, and the failed suitor was recalled to active duty. Next time I looked, this had happened…

Trapped within her silken threads they nourish her immanent brood

Trapped within her silken threads they nourish her immanent brood

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29 comments on “2018 Summer Holiday – Part 3: Cancelled

  1. So sorry you two had to cancel. Start planning for next year NOW, and be ready to go as soon as remotely possible. The coughing is something I’ve been through, and it wasn’t fun.

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  2. You’re going to find this hard to believe or even possibly relate to but down here in Australia the whole strawberry growing industry has been brought to its knees currently by a group of extortionists who have (for some, to date, unknown reason) randomly been inserting needles and pins into strawberries across all States of the country.

    All the major supermarkets have ceased stocking the fruit for the time being with the resulting bottom completely falling out of the market and financial devastation for the farmers. Punnets of strawberries are being put on metal detector conveyor belts by the thousands to clear them for consumption. Strange and sad but true!

    To see a strawberry like the one in the photo in a ‘pure’ state and read of someone (you) expressing positive feelings for it, normally wouldn’t raise a second thought but in the context of the tragedy unravelling over here at present, it makes the everyday seem extraordinary.

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  3. bone&silver says:

    Sorry you had to cancel your holiday- I hope the ‘staycation’ is lovely anyway- better on the wallet- and how wonderful you have the time to observe small things like a spider going about her [ruthless] business… May the Autumn bring wellbeing all through the house 🙏🏼🌈❤

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    • Widdershins says:

      The money we budgeted for the trip now goes into the emergency-not-to-be-touched-for-any-other-reason fund. 🙂 … and we’re all set to enjoy a run of soft sunny days where the temperature is 22°, not 32°+ 🙂

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  4. jenanita01 says:

    I suppose you know what you are letting yourself in for, once those little darlings hatch? I wouldn’t want that lot inside my house… (hope you both feel better soon?)

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  5. Hope you both get properly well soon

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  6. tidalscribe says:

    Cyberspouse spent a week photographing a pretty spider on her web on the back bedroom window, but as we had visitors coming, one of who doesn’t like spiders, and I needed to dust, I moved it to our bedroom window with no harm done. I love the idea of wrapping up your suitors to feed off during the winter. The only reason I don’t do that is I need Cyberspouse to fix the computer!

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  7. TanGental says:

    Grim. Mind you, celebrating patricide on a small level has turned me off my lunch…

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  8. Poor failed suitor. Perhaps he found satisfaction in providing a useful purpose for his lady love. Our strawberries are blooming, too. Yeah. We ate one yesterday, full of flavor. Sorry to hear you and the Missus have been under the weather. Bummer on the cancelled trip. Like you say, there is always tomorrow. Feel stronger in health soon! Hugs to you and the Missus.

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  9. Olga Godim says:

    Sorry you had to cancel your trip. Perhaps the next year would be better.

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  10. I’m sure the summer’s smoke didn’t help with the bronchitis. Too bad about the plans, but the attitude sounds about right and I’m glad your enjoying the last gifts of summer. Enjoy your brood of spider babies (or not!). 🙂

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  11. Jay says:

    I’m sorry your vacation plans got spoiled. I’m pretty impressed with your resilient little strawberries though!

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