Wednesday, November 02, 2022


Spreading manure on a pasture

There has been no snow. Just a lot of fog, heavy frosts, and sunny days. I haven't needed a winter coat. All of this is so unusual. We usually have a white Halloween and children put ski pants over their costumes in order to stay warm. There used to be parties for kids because it was too cold for them to go door to door for trick or treating for very long. It's all changed now. 

Silage is mown and in barns

The farmers, I would guess, have extra time to prepare the pastures for next spring. The fields of corn grown for silage are bare, without even the birds to pick over the leftovers. Manure, in slurry form, is being spread on fields and pastures. 

Fuel level today

Personally, I am not using much heating oil at all. The last time I bought fuel was October 20 at $6.65 a gallon. The warmer it stays, the safer I am. No one can afford fuel prices like that. Soon, I will be making a spreadsheet of prices and deliveries from last year to this year. 

Also, I don't have to drive on unplowed, iced-over roads in the dark on school days. Despite the damage to the climate, I am grateful. It's daunting in the cold and dark, driving on bad roads for six months.

My Corner of the World at
Photographing New Zealand



  1. It has been like Summer almost today and warm days forecasted for rest of the week ~ Had windows opened today to clear out the air ~ Fuel is expensive and difficult for people ~ back to the old ways ~ layers and cool house ~ be well ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  2. We'll take all of the winter isn't here yet that we can get.

  3. We do love the break from the heat but that does not mean we enjoy the cold.

  4. What a unique country rural scene

  5. I haven't filled my oil tank since August and at that time, I paid $3.99 a gallon. The prices are just ridiculous now!

  6. I was born and raised in southern Indiana not very many miles from the Ohio river. But I remember Halloween's being too cold and frosty to go outside even there without a heavy coat over our costumes. My girlfriend still lives there and she showed me pictures of her tricksters from the other night and they're wearing little princess dresses and short sleeve T-shirts and as warm as all get out. Northern Ohio is a little cooler than that by about 15 to 20 degrees but not a lot.

  7. Thanks so much for your kind comment. It is interesting to know what creatures live in other parts of the world.
    We filled our oil tank in February as we were getting very low. The price was outrageous thanks to Mr Putin.
    So far we have not turned our heating on, but I guess it will happen very soon. We have the log burner working today as our stone house is very cold and temperatures are falling.
    Cheers Diane

  8. Fuel costs, as well as groceries, are terrible. I feel so badly for those affected.

  9. I am grateful for the unseasonable weather, too. We seem to be prone to early and late season snow dumps the last few years. I don't know how many people are going to be affording their heat this year where I live, either. And it isn't just us. Europe, too.


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