Six word Saturday

Jo’s Monday walk and some scarecrows

It's scarecrow time again in the villages

It’s scarecrow time again in the villages

And the ladybird came to the ugly bug ball

And the ladybird came to the Ugly Bug Ball

'Let us crawl, let us crawl...'

‘Let us crawl, let us crawl…’

It's quite a horsey kind of village

It’s quite a horsey kind of village

Exhausting, at times!

Which can be exhausting, at times!

What a beautiful garden for a swim!

What a beautiful garden for a swim!

And, naturally, we're all set for the Tour de France

Naturally, we’re all set for the Tour de France

A disappointed spectator?

Is this a disappointed spectator?

Or is she keeping her eye on the children?

Or is she just keeping her eye on the children?

I thought that was big sister's job!

I thought that was big sister’s job!

But it wouldn't be an English village without a patriotic gnome

It wouldn’t be an English village without a patriotic gnome, now would it?

The scarecrows ‘speak for themselves’ , but I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce my Monday walks page.  I’ve been posting Jo’s Monday walks since March and they’ve had a wonderful response.  I’m very grateful for all your support, and thought it was time I constructed a page to explain a few details.  A click on my new logo will take you to the page.

walking logo

Speaking of logos, you won’t forget to visit Cate at Show My Face, will you?  She’ll be waiting expectantly for your Six word Saturdays.  Whether you’re chasing scarecrows, out walking or just relaxing at home, I hope you have a happy Saturday.



  1. I have seen villages with scarecrows like these on our trips through Austria but never knew if it was a contest or just a tradition that is done each fall. It is fun that villages elsewhere do the same. Thanks for sharing. 😀

  2. Jo, someone’s decapitated the horse’s head, and the poor jokey is bent over, stunned in disbelief….that or he had one or two many pints last night. I’m not missing this fun next year, I’ll be there with my own headless horse! Cheers!

    1. Something for everyone, I think, Madhu 🙂 The bugs were made by a partially sighted lady who was brandishing her scissors in a most dangerous way when we were there.

  3. Jo – the scarecrows were so fun – and Bill and Ben were my fav, but the moods of them varied and you were right – they did speak for themselves….

  4. carissima Giovanna, è passato troppo tempo da che ho avuto il piacere di salutarti l’ultima volta! ti spiegherò i motivi in una e-mail, ora intanto tornerò con piacere a godere dei tuoi post, come sempre divertenti ed interessanti. questa passione per i fantocci è davvero molto simpatica, grazie, un grandissimo abbraccio affettuoso, molto affettuoso

    Dear Joan, it’s been too long since I’ve had the pleasure to say good-bye one last time! We will explain the reasons in an email, now I come back with pleasure while enjoying your posts, as always fun and interesting. this passion for puppets is really very nice, thank you, a huge affectionate hug, very affectionate

    1. Ventis, you have no idea how sad that makes me. But life is life, and it’s for living more than blogging. I have loved your presence here in my world. Take good care of yourself. I return the hugs with much affection, too. 🙂

  5. I just love these scarecrows, Jo. My favourite would have to be the horse rider on the fence – BUT those children playing have so much movement it’s amazing and really well done 😀

    1. The nice thing about the festival is that it gets all the villagers out and chatting in their gardens, Dianne. The Ugly Bug Ball was done by a partially sighted lady who was quite dangerous with the scissors. 🙂

  6. What a wonderful place you live Jo! I love that you see things that most overlook or are too busy to look for in the world and right in our own communities. Thank you for the photos they make me happy! Wishing you a wonderful weekend and I’m looking forward to more of your Monday walks!

    1. It’s always a nice occasion, Tonya. We only managed to get to one of the villages this year, but we’re always made very welcome and people stop to chat. I’m glad I made you happy 🙂 Have a good week!

    1. The owner was busy chatting to me in that garden, Sue. The best of my photos has him just inside the frame. It is a lovely garden with a big lily pond in front and it really made me smile to see the swimmer poised for action. 🙂

  7. Wonderful whimsy! Love Bill and Ben, but also like the garden belonging to the swimmer. Have you posted about this event before Jo? I have a niggling feeling that I have seen some scarecrows like this before, and I’m sure it wasn’t in person.
    Have a good weekend – hope you have some sun! We are a little damp, but who cares when Wimbledon is on (and I know you’ll be watching Rafa as I write this 🙂 )

    1. The villages have a themed scarecrow festival every year, Jude. A competition between Elwick and Castle Eden. I didn’t get to the winner this year (Castle Eden) so imagine how good they must have been! Last year’s theme was Midsummer Night’s Dream and I did quite a long post on it. Time flies, huh? 🙂
      Rafa keeps giving me a scare, but doesn’t he fight back magnificently? 🙂

    1. Scarecrow festivals are a strange English custom, Dawn 🙂 Two of our local villages compete every June and it’s always fun to see. I’ve posted about them in previous years so I guess I assumed people would recognise what was going on. Sorry!

  8. Thanks for the big smile …. just wonderful, but I wonder if the crows think they are scary enough. *smile – nothing wrong with the imagination in the village. This post has so much feel good. The gnome is the most scary thing of them all. Just brilliant, Jo!

    1. I agree with you about the gnome, Vivi 🙂 He should have been disqualified!
      The villagers are all out to chat and it’s a really nice event. The weather was even kind this year! Weekend hugs back, darlin.

      1. So it happen in your village … I think it’s a brilliant and fun idea. I missed that bit. Gnome shouldn’t be allowed in with all those classy scarecrow.

  9. The horse and poor rider get my vote. These are clever and whimsical. Ron & I will be in Paris for 12 days in Sept. Have never been. Our paths are almost crossing, Jo. Love the Monday walks and the work and effort you are putting into sponsoring them. You have made it easy for me to discover other worthy walkers/bloggers this way. Many thanks.

    1. You’ve always been wonderfully supportive of my efforts, Lynne, and I appreciate it very much.

      I doubled up laughing when I saw the horse and rider! And the swimmer diving in the lily pond’s a favourite too.

      I was in Paris for just a couple of days when I was 20, Lynne, but Michael has never been. We’re going primarily to visit Giverny and Versailles. Anything else is a bonus 🙂

  10. What kind of a wacky place you live in :D. I wonder if any of these could work on my pigeons. Very entertaining, Jo. I like your widget and I will display it when I decide to join you for your walk. I am afraid it will wait till August or till you come back from Paris. Do you have the dates and hotel yet?

    1. It is a bit of a strange world, I admit, Paula 🙂
      Glad you like the widget. I just wanted something simple so it was either that one or the footprint in the sand. Join me whenever you can, hon. I know your schedule is a nightmare.

      Paris is 9th to 14th August but I really haven’t looked at hotels since we last spoke about it. Must do that in the next day or two.

      1. Yes, you’d better hurry, sometimes the most attractive locations are booked months in advance :S Are you walking a lot this weekend?

      2. I zumba’d this morning. Watching Rafa at Wimbledon right now. I seldom have time for walking at weekends. Mondays and Thursdays are my usual days. I still have a couple of Algarve walks to post before we’re back to the UK. 🙂

    1. It’s surprising what goes on when you look around, Meg. One of the things I love so much about the Algarve is the number of festivals and events that go on. Here, we’re a little more subject to the weather 🙂

    1. The lady who made the bugs is partially sighted, Emma, and it had taken her 6 weeks. It’s a really nice village at any time but especially when the scarecrows visit. 🙂

    1. It’s a lovely village anyway, Poppy, but when the scarecrows come to town, everyone’s out chatting. Thanks for the clip 🙂 I’m focused on Rafa right now but I’ll be back later to check it out.

    1. This event takes place every June, Elaine, and is a contest between two villages. My photos are from the losers as I didn’t make it to the other village. They must have been brilliant. 🙂

      1. My aunt, the one of the apple pie fame, told me that there was a scarecrow competition in her rural township this year. All the community was enthusiastic about it, I think. At her nursing home, the residents and staff put together ‘A Bananas in Pyjamas’ scarecrow. Great fun.

  11. ‘Flobbelop little weeeed !’ Ah, Bill and Ben, I remember them well, waited till the gardener left for his lunch then sprang to life and had a chat with the little weed for fifteen minutes. Returned to being plant pots when the gardener returned. Amazing displays. Which village is this Jo ?

    1. Elwick again, David. We didn’t have time to make it to Castle Eden as well this year. We visited Sunday teatime and they were already starting to take down some of them. We found the lady with the blue frock in a dustbin and I had to prop her up again. No wonder she looks so disapproving! 🙂

    1. The lady who made the bugs was only partially sighted, Viv. When we happened along last Sunday teatime, she was wrestling with a pair of scissors, trying to cut them out of the hedge without damaging her plants. We just had to stop and help. She was very sweet! 🙂

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