|A neighbor's front door|
Well, yesterday turned out better than I expected weather-wise. It wasn't all that rainy, and since I spent almost all day Saturday on the couch I HAD to get out of the house. I took Olga to Hampstead Heath, and she walked through the West Heath, Sandy Heath and part of the Extension. It was a longer walk than we'd done in about ten months, and she handled it fine. I'd thought our days of visiting Sandy Heath and the Extension were over, given the distance.
But I think she feels much better now that we've apparently knocked back that dental infection, or whatever is/was going on in her mouth. She still has a small, bony sort of bump on her snout, so there's some residual something going on there, but it doesn't seem to bother her. She wasn't even stiff in the evening, thanks to the anti-inflammatory meds she's still taking.
Anyway, I got some good pics from our walk but I have to save them for tomorrow, because I have all these Halloween images to use. If not now, when?
|Ghost on Billy Fury Way|
It seems like every year, when I post on Halloween, I say something about how the British aren't traditionally into it. Halloween -- with jack-o-lanterns and costumes and trick-or-treating -- is generally considered an import from America, although of course it draws on ancient Celtic rituals. Each year that passes, though, local participation seems more enthusiastic. I'm seeing lots of Halloween decorations around town and kids have been out already in costumes.
|House in St. John's Wood|
A few days ago, The Guardian ran a column exploring the British relationship with Halloween and the fact that it's becoming more and more popular here. It's pretty interesting. Of course, that could be because we bloody Americans keep crossing the pond and moving in!
(For the record, Dave and I didn't decorate and tonight we'll be hiding in the back of the house with the lights off, as we usually do.)
|Cupcakes at the bakery around the corner|
Aside from walking the dog, yesterday was mostly about cleaning the house and archiving photos. We also turned our clocks back, as British Summer Time came to an end. I woke up this morning at 4:30 a.m.! It's going to take me a while to adapt.
|A local kitchenware shop -- do spiders and cooking utensils go together?|
I also polished off a New Yorker magazine and at least thought about starting my next Charles Dickens book. You may remember that several years ago I decided I'd read a Dickens novel every autumn. I skipped last year because I was trying to get all those Newbery books finished, but now I'm back on track. This year: "Great Expectations," which surprisingly I have never read. Time to remedy that!