Saturday 20 September 2014
Saturday Morning Bike Ride
Lovely Autumn scenes from my bike ride this morning.
I was happy to see that the swallows have not yet left. September here this year has been a beautifully mellow month.
Hawthorn berries are not as plentiful as in previous years. Untimely hedge trimming has robbed the hawthorns of their fruit - there are many berries on the few bushes that have been left uncut.
I always like to see bales, one of these has a buzzard sitting on top.
Thistledown, a favourite view, Autumn colours starting to glow. A horse with colourful breakfast buckets, leaf lined roads take me past ancient church remains. A farm sign silhouette, a tree marks the top of a hill, another watchful cow and calf, a scabious bloom to finish.
Later the sun came out and it has been a gorgeously golden and warm afternoon.
Soooo, the results from the referendum are in. In the end I decided to vote YES. I am at heart an idealist and believe that life for many people can (and should) be better and fairer than it currently is. For every YES voter I spoke to, a YES vote was a way to have more say in our own government which would enable implementation of our own policies leading to greater social justice for our country. For every NO voter I spoke to, a NO vote protected their personal savings and job security. There was immense pressure from banks, businesses, unions and the media to vote NO. The result was 45% YES, 55% NO. The polls had suggested a closer result. Had the YES vote succeeded, it would have been by a small margin. I think the result would have to be far more decisive for independence to be accepted and success to be guaranteed. For that reason I think it was perhaps the wrong time - too soon. Anyway, as you can tell, I'm not really one for writing about politics. We'll just need to see what happens now...