The Time That’s In It……Black Cat…...A Different Aspect Of This Time…

by Bernie Bell - 10:37 on 29 October 2022

The Time That’s In It……

It was all happening in the garden when I went out to feed the birds – a huge flock of Starlings descended as soon as I put the grain on the path – a Stonechat was ‘chatting’ from the jungle at the side of the garden… https://theorkneynews.scot/2017/08/14/bernie-bell-i-can-hear-the-grass-grow/ Kraak the Heron was swooping round overhead making Kraak noises.  The little Wren was hopping about in the Hebe bushes – Rookie the Rook was following me about, watching me and making his own noises…. https://theorkneynews.scot/2021/11/04/studies-of-a-rook/ -  as he does.

Our neighbour reckons that, if I held out my hand with some food Rookie would come to me – but he’s a big bird with a big beak, and I don’t think I want him landing on and pecking from my hand!

And all the while – a Blackbird singing from somewhere near…

It’s all there – LIFE – stirring – Autumn is a stirring time.


I don’t usually copy over the image that Bartholomew uses as …well…it’s a kerfuffle to do so and I is lazy.  In this case….just had to….

Fraiku:  Halloween


“Streetlight shadows dance
like a Witches’ Sabbath
eyes glow under my bed”

Bartholomew Barker  28 October 2022



A Different Aspect Of This Time…

I received this email from ‘The Firework Campaign’…..


Julie Doorne

28 OCT 2022 — 

 Eleven organisations have signed an open letter to the Government asking for a review of fireworks sale and use. These are the BVA, Dogs Trust, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Blue Cross, Cats Protection, Children’s Burns Trust, Combat Stress, Dan’s Fund for Burns, Help for Heroes, The Kennel Club and PTSD UK.
The letter urges the UK Government to follow in the Scottish Government’s footsteps by committing to a review of the sale and use of fireworks and their impact on animals and people.
The text of the open letter reads:
“We are writing on behalf of a number of organisations that work to improve the welfare of both people and animals, to urge your department to undertake a review of fireworks legislation.
“Current easy access to fireworks is a serious concern for animals that suffer from noise fear, as well as vulnerable people such as those that suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, veterans, or children, young people and adults who are at high risk of being burned at private or public displays. In the lead-up to fireworks season and the heightened use of fireworks that occurs as part of this, we are increasingly concerned about the impact of fireworks on these groups.
“Although there have been several Government awareness campaigns around fireworks, there has been no legislative commitment to a review of fireworks and their impact on people and animal welfare.
“You will be aware that, in June of this year, the Scottish Parliament passed the Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Articles (Scotland) Bill. Once the relevant provisions come into force, the Bill will introduce fireworks licensing in Scotland and specifies that fireworks can only be supplied to, and used by, members of the public only on certain dates (around celebration periods). It also grants local authorities the powers to set-up ‘firework control zones’. The Welsh Government has also indicated it is supportive of UK-wide restrictions on fireworks to avoid border crossing purchasing to circumvent devolved legislation.
“We urge your department to follow suit and to look at reviewing where and when fireworks can be used elsewhere in the UK. Currently, too many animals and people are suffering the consequences of insufficient existing legislation. We strongly believe that this must change.
"We would welcome an opportunity to meet with you to discuss our concerns in more detail.”
The RSPCA are also asking for the same thing and requesting people to click on this link to email their MP (the letter is already written for you): https://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/fireworks

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Please continue to share this petition and encourage friends to join.”

The Firework Campaign

My tuppenceworths…. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/11/05/remember-remember/



Here are three I made earlier – shame to split them up…..






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