I am a HUGE sucker for Halloween and for the past few years we have managed to grow pumpkins in our vegetable patch. This year is no different; but already these plants are humongous compared to recent years! I’ve taken a few pictures of the patch to share with you and my, these pumpkins are growing at a phenomenal pace. It’s hard to tell how many we have so far but I can count at least half a dozen that seem well on their way to becoming fully fledged pumpkins. Bring on the Halloween decorations and assorted pumpkin foods this Autumn. I can already smell the nutmeg.
There were around six pumpkin plants put out a couple of months ago. Not much happened and then BAM this! Thanks to glorious sunshine and heavy showers (plus a bit of plant food in between) they’ve grown to an enormous scale. They’ve easily overtaken their quarter of the patch. Also spot the butterfly sitting on the monks shoulder.
Lovely yellow flowers around the pumpkin plants highlight where future buds will come through.
This baby pumpkin has made it through it’s initial stages. It still has a way to go yet but whenever I see this little green beauty’s it gets me all excited for Autumn time.
My Insta pic from April when I first planted the seeds for these pumpkin plants.
I’m so lucky we have such a big garden at my parents house so we can grow our own vegetables. We’ve had endless rhubarb crumble and pie for the past few weeks and now some potatoes are ready to be picked and devoured with the Sunday roast. There’s beetroot, strawberries, blueberries and onions all mixed in as well but it’s definitely the pumpkins this year that have taken over.
Bring on Autumn!
Edit: A closer look at the butterfly sitting on Mr Monk.
Me and Ma were on babysitting of the nephews/grandkids today as the brother is knee deep in harvest season (he works with tractors and what not) and whilst on our way to the intended destination of Carsington Water, we suddenly saw a tonne of fancy dress folk hanging around the park entrance in Matlock. A last minute change of plan we parked up and soon realised it was Matlock Festival with tonnes of cake and food stalls, bouncy castles a plenty and bands all in the name of celebrating summer and local produce. After a quick celebrity shoot with the surprise guests wandering around, (Noah was terrified so it’s just Finlay in the frame) the kids cooled off in the paddling area before enjoying a picnic and running off some steam in the play area. I am thoroughly shattered now, a five year old and a three year old are a lot of work! Needless to say I’m home with a cup of tea in hand as the kids wind down with some Disney films on the telebox. Hope you’re all enjoying your Sunday!
Love and Light
Last week I started up Sunday Saviour in favour of adopting and rescuing animals in need and here we are on week 2. This week I’m going to share a dog breed close to my heart that seem to be cropping up more and more when you click onto adoption centre websites; that is the snow dog. The Siberian husky and Alaskan Malamute have become popular breeds thanks to their beauty and wolf like tendencies, but they are a much bigger job to take on than people expect. Unfortunately it means a lot of these dogs are being neglected which ultimately puts them into rescue centers in hope of finding a forever home with more experienced owners.
Battersea Dogs Home
Sasha is my Siberian Husky who was deemed ‘okay’ to be put with an inexperienced owner such as myself but you’ll see so many of these dogs needing homes that require more dog friendly owners, especially big dogs that require a lot of attention, food and exercise. Some can only be homed alone as they can be boisterous and demanding of attention, some however are glad to be put with other animals depending on their history and nature. My wolf was from a background of a husky pack but had never come across another breed before so is naturally weary around other animals, it doesn’t help she can’t go off the lead so I always make sure I’m protective of her whilst out walking so she feels safe in my control.
The diet varies but they can be fussy eaters and never seem greedy, choosing proper meat cuts over anything tinned alongside the usual branded dog biscuits. My wolf loves her chicken but can’t eat too much red meat as it sets off stomach upsets as well as potentially triggering her past medical problems which she nearly succumbed to a few years back. It is also not unusual to find a husky gobbling up grass when they have tummy upset but a small bowl of milk always goes down a treat before bedtime to help her feel a bit fuller and snooze off any digestive problems.
Battersea Dogs Home
EXERCISE! Woah you think you’re mildly fit (or not) but this breed are excellent personal trainers. My wolf is getting on a bit now so can’t drag as far as she used to but I make sure I take her out a couple of times a day plus letting her sit outside when the weather is reasonable for some fresh air. Her favourite thing is to sit outside at night time and stalk out all the wildlife coming to life under the moonlight. You have to be careful for them running off, if they sniff something of intrigue they’ll be gone before you know it. Trust me, they know their way home but I’m always weary of her being hit by traffic or a stranger picking her up and claiming her as her breed is so highly sought after to be sold on.
One things for certain is how loving these animals are like any dog, not to mention that howl rather never fails to entertain. Do you have it in you to adopt a snow dog? They will love you forever in return and they’re such a beautiful unique dog breed to have around, but be prepared because they are a lot hard work. And please make sure you choose to adopt over buying puppies, the love they give you once settled can never be topped.
Love and light,
P.S here’s my wolf in the BBC website shortly before I rescued here. Note in the picture how she’s called Samson?