Autumn “snow” in London 5 October 2022

Autumn “snow” is piling up fast in London 5 October 2022. Please scroll down.

Richmond Park London

“Richmond Park, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, is the largest of London’s Royal Parks, and is of national and international importance for wildlife conservation. It was created by Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park.”Wikipedia

We visited the Park but only had time for a short visit. Here are a few pictures taken today. Please scroll down. Clearly the huge Park will reward a visit of several hours. What a beautiful and precious place. Refreshments are available – see last picture.

Photo John Bartels

Photo John Bartels
Photo John Bartels
Photo John. Bartels
Photo WD
Photo JB

How to really measure your wealth

How do you measure your wealth? By how much money you have? By the size of your house? By the make and size of your car? By the size of your yacht? By the cost of your clothes? By the cost of the watch you wear?

Scroll down below the picture and find out how you can you can REALLY measure your wealth.

An answer:

You are as wealthy as what you can do without.

“Read, mark and inwardly digest!”

Hi Groundhog at Lake George

I photographed this groundhog near the forest at Lake George USA today. Prof. Google has lots of interesting facts about them. They hibernate in winter for about 150 days during which time their heartbeat drops from about about 80 to 5 per minute and their breathing from from about both 16 breaths per minute to 2. And, their body temperature drops from about 99F. to 37F. Amazing.

Aesop in Africa: Unexpected Help

The Leopard and the Meerkat

One hot day in a remote area of the Kruger National Park in South Africa, a Leopard was enjoying a snooze under a huge marula tree. He had just dozed off when a passing Meerkat accidently brushed against him. The Leopard woke with a start, saw the Meercat and growled, “How dare you wake me! I am going to eat you!’

The terrified Meerkat pleaded, “Be kind! Don’t hurt me. One day I may repay your kindness.”

The Leopard laughed scornfully, “How can a tiny meerkat ever help a leopard? Be off with you!” And so, the Meerkat escaped.

A few days later the Leopard was caught in a net laid by hunters. Fearing the return of the hunters the Leopard screamed for help. Not far off the Meerkat heard the Leopard’s cries, found the Leopard and bit through the net and set the Leopard free.

Lesson: Never underestimate where you might find help in time of dire need.

Based on an Aesop Fable

Aesop in Africa: The Danger of Envy

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The Dove and the Zebra

Deep in the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa a Zebra heard a dove calling. It was the sweetest sound the Zebra had ever heard. He wished his voice was as beautiful. The Zebra demanded that the dove tell him what the food was she ate that gave her such a beautiful voice. The dove replied, “The only food I have is the dew on the grass in the early morning.” From that moment on the Zebra drank only dew. Not long after, the Zebra died of hunger.

The Lesson: Envy of the unattainable can be fatal.

Based on an Aesop Fable

Aesop in Africa: Use your Circumstances

The Snake and the Bat

There was once a Bat which lived in a cave in a desolate part of Africa. Early one morning when returning to the cave after a night of feeding, the Bat was caught by a Snake. The Snake hissed, “I hate you birds” and grasped the Bat very tightly.

The Bat was terrified and gasped, “No! No! I am not a bird. I am a large moth. I know you don’t eat moths.” This satisfied the Snake who let the Bat escape.

Early next morning almost the same thing happened when the Bat was caught by another Snake. This Snake hissed to the Bat, “I love eating mice. I am going to eat you!”

The Bat replied, “I am not a mouse! I am a Bat! I know you hate eating Bats .”

The Snake believed the Bat and let the Bat go free. The Bat had escaped a second time.

The Lesson: There is always a way to turn circumstances to your own advantage.

Based on an Aesop Fable