Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Red October


October has arrived, with driving rain and gusting winds, in contrast to yesterday, which was altogether more mellow:

Red October-2

more of sublime September than obnoxious October.

It was nearly dusk before the rain cleared away to the west and I ventured out from my den of Dulux, whereas last night I came out for a turn around the field with Spud, to find 3 buzzards circling over the top field, the setting sun rather poetically lighting them under the wing, a jay poaching acorns* from the oak and a conker coloured wren delivering its machine gun chattering call as it wove through the crevices of a drystone wall and a rainbow arcing across the valley.

Tonight I just went to Tesco’s. No comparison really: but there are time to feed the soul and times to feed the (ever hungry) family.

*Can anyone tell me what is wrong with our acorns, they are deformed (but only on one tree) is it a virus? a gall?

Mutant Acorn-2

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “Red October

  1. That canker/virus/gall is most interesting. I’ll have to go look at our oaks. Is it only near the acorns themselves, or does it appear elsewhere on the tree?

    The rosehips are beautiful, the company entertaining–always nice to visit the hills and dales.

  2. Looks like the result of a Gall Wasp ( Andricus quercuscalicis probably, looking back at when I found one on an oak down here and researched a bit). The life cycle of that one requires both the English Oak and the Turkey oak….any Turkey Oaks nearby?

    As to why it should only be affecting one oak I don’t know but I did notice it only on one tree near me too. Maybe the tree in question is already weakened in some other way to make it more susceptible ?

    Fascinating, anyway!

  3. Your first photo is stunning with the red and green complementary colour combination! I loved the misty one the other day also. It sounds like you’re making great headway with your painting ~ and since you’re so busy, a perfect opportunity for the boys to make their own lunches 😉 The reason I mention this – now that mine are grown and gone, for the most part, there are remarks about lunches they had as kids, and I thought, why the heck didn’t I expect them to make their own! From my experience, that meatless sandwich will come back as a great story forever, and yet the yummy lunches will go unmentioned … 😉

    The last day of September and the first day of October were absolutely gorgeous here ~ around 23 C, sunny, with a burnish of gold against the blue ~ here’s hoping for more and that your weather bucks up!

    • The meatless sandwich will join the tale of the chicken I left cooking in the Aga (range cooker) for 24hours!
      The boys are pretty good at helping in the kitchen, me making sandwiches is just a small cog in the slick machine that gets the boys down into the village at 7:30 am for the bus to school and Spud the dog to the public park for his daily doggy socialization

  4. I think it’s a Knopper gall, have a look at…


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