The weather is getting more seasonal as we move into October. The Fall colours haven’t been as spectacular this year and the past few days have been rainy and windy causing the leaves to flutter to the ground.
We have a few different ways to check on the weather, besides just looking or standing outside. One of them is a Fitzroy storm glass. For just about all of the summer this barometer didn’t register anything and I was beginning to think it wasn’t working and needed resetting. But in the past couple of weeks the crystal formations have been changing. This type of barometer was in general use during the 1700’s and Vice Admiral Robert FitzRoy published observations guides which are still used today. Sailors had this instrument on the mast of their ship and watched the crystal formations to determine good or bad weather. The different formations are fascinating to watch. Thank goodness a guide was included when we received this gift so we can see what will be happening with the weather. I’ver also got some fun ways to predict the weather along with weather vanes, and weather stations.
The goldfinches have changed to their winter colours, not the lovely brilliant yellows of the spring and summer.
The nuthatches have returned and really enjoy the peanut feeder. We purchase the ready shelled peanuts and lots of birds feast on them.
The white throated sparrows have been passing through. We only see these birds in the spring and fall while they are on their migration path.
The white crowned sparrows have also been passing through on the migration path. These are similar to the white throated sparrows but don’t have the yellow markings. Their black and white stripes are more obvious and always remind me of birds with bike helmets on.
I did manage to get one photo of both of them, but it isn’t one of my better photos.
There is lots of crafting going on. I’ve been working on a crochet mermaid tail and a shark sack for the grandkids out west. These will added to the ever growing pile of things to be packed when we leave at the beginning of December. I’m about half way through the second knitted slippers and the fingerless gloves are progressing. I’ll share the mermaid tail and shark sack soon.
I wanted to get my hanging winter greenery baskets completed this weekend but the weather isn’t co-operating. Here is the back garden taken on October 14, 2017. Those leaves are coming down slowly and surely.
What have you been doing or seeing in mid October?