The Weather Today


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Today has turned cloudy and the skies are grey
maybe there is rain coming our way
so far this has been a wonderful Fall
not wet and cold no not at all
the days have been warm and the sun bright
and even the temperatures at night
are cooler by far than a month ago
but not cold enough for us to have snow
the leaves have all turned a wondrous hue
browns and yellows and even a few
that have turned red as Nature runs her course
as she has been doing since time evermore
we know that this weather cannot last
and soon we will be feeling the blast
of cold arctic air sweeping down from the North
as the cold fronts blow through for all they are worth
luckily for us they are but a few
and in between Nature will start to renew
getting ready for Spring not far behind
as it mixes with Winter the two intertwined
in little more than a month or at most maybe two
the sun will warm up and give us a clue
that once more Mother Nature is doing her thing
as the plants start to grow and the birds start to sing
and crocus and daffodils will push through the ground
new leaves on the trees which has found
and Winter has gone and Spring brings new cheer
not to return for a whole nother year
the summers are hot but the winters are short
much better than living somewhere up North
where Winter lasts six months of the year
and Spring, Summer and Fall hardly appear.

Written 12/5/2017

Snow, Who Needs It…



We have just had two days of rain
nothing unusual in that just the same
then all of a sudden it started to snow
that is unusual you have to know
we don’t get enough rain in fact hardly at all
and snow is unheard of as it’s just not that cool
but we certainly got snow following the rain
enough to cover the trees and the grassy terrain
the temperature dropped and caught me off guard
as I quickly covered the pipes in my yard
to stop them from freezing and making a mess
requiring more time to repair them no less
I didn’t have time to bring in the plants
and they look very droopy as they slant
downwards bending hard with the frost
I hope that they are not all lost
and maybe recover with returning Spring
and once more share the beauty that they bring
I have to say that I dislike the snow
and the frost that accompanies this sort of show
If I never see a snowflake again
I would be a very happy old man.

Written 12/8/2017

What to do on a Rainy Day


Today it is raining, the first wet day since Hurricane Harvey. This rain is of the normal kind and maybe signals the start of our Texas Fall. It is dark outside of my window as the clouds have socked in and the rain falls.

I welcome the rain as does my garden. The plants open their leaves to gather in the precious moisture to give them life and the roots drink as the water seeps into the ground.

I sit indoors and write away on my computer trying to express my thoughts and feelings into words that other may share. Rainy days are so few and far between here in my part of Texas that I welcome them.

I have a couple of projects outside that I need to finish but they will keep until the rain has moved on as I am only too glad to see it fall. So different than when I lived in England and it seemed like it rained every day, enough to drive me to this country after I was given the opportunity.

Tomorrow, the sun will shine and the clouds will blow away and we will be through with the rain for a couple of days but this is Fall in Texas and it will rain again. Between now and the Spring, the creeks will fill and the rivers will flow stronger. Until the Summer and they will be dry.

Written 9/26/2017

A Walk at Pedernales Falls 12-17-2016


dsc_4740My walks now are governed by the temperature/sun forecast although yesterday was a bit of an exception for this time of the year. The forecast was for temperatures to be in the middle 70’s with a sunny day with a cold front moving in directly behind it very late in the evening.

Those sort of days are not to be turned down and I made plans to drive to Pedernales Falls and take a short and easy walk. First I called my friend who unfortunately had a prior engagement so I made plans to walk on my own. Nothing unusual about that as most of my walks are alone.

Ever since spotting the Bald Eagle a while back and rescuing a little dog on another occasion, every time that I drive to Pedernales Falls I am very wary of what is going on around me just in case I might get another glance at that eagle. No such luck this time but here’s hoping.

I arrived at Pedernales and this time, there were only a couple of cars in front of me. Not like the last time when there were at least 30 of them. I paid my $3.00 and told them I was taking a short walk. I planned to park in the Horse Corral and then take a walk to the dsc_4733Duck Pond and from there to head to the Fenceline trail, back onto the South Loop and then back to the starting point. I passed one other couple who were on their way back as I walked around the pond. There was very little in the way of wildlife on the pond or anywhere else with the exception of what appeared to be a Greater Yellowlegs that was hunting in the low water, which incidentally has created two separate ponds. As I continued walking around the ponds, a guy on a trail bike caught up with me and inquired if I was lost. I told him my plans to continue to the Fenceline trail which over its full length is almost 4 miles although I was only going to walk a part of that. He took off following the North Trail.

The walk was uneventful as I strode the Fenceline trail which is very easy walking. I turned off onto a very wide trail that was not signposted but I was hoping that it would bring me back to the South Trail which eventually it did. From there, it was a straight shot back to the Horse Corral where I met two ladies who were grooming their horses having completed their ride and they let me take their picture.dsc_4752lp1

I was parked on the opposite side of the Corral from them so I wandered over to my car and changed out of my wet clothes as the temperature had been hot enough for me to sweat. Altogether I covered 4 miles of very easy walking and was extremely glad that I made the effort to get out. The drive home was uneventful as I listened to a Stephen King story on Audiophone. No Bald Eagles and no little lost dogs.

Enjoy the video.

Pedernales Falls Duckpond Walk 12-17-2016 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

Walking at McKinney Roughs with friends 11-16-2016


dsc_4459-panoMy friend Gloria called me in the morning to see if I wanted to go with them on another walk at our most favorite spot, McKinney Roughs Nature Center in Bastrop. I was ready to hit the trails again and it was a toss up between hiking with friends or chopping down overgrown stuff in my yard. It was really a no brainer making that decision.

We planned to meet at the main entrance and this time, I managed to beat them there. Usually, they are waiting for me. The Center had a lot going on one of which was a training session for First Responders. There was also a large group of kids who were learning about Nature. They were from a Private School.

Bobby, one of their dogs managed to get away from them as they got out of the car and came tearing across the blacktop to greet me. A really nice welcome, I thought as Gloria and George along with Nina, their other dog caught up.

I planned to take them on the inside loop of trails comprising of Woodland, Bluff Trail Loop and then back onto Ridge to complete the loop. These trails are very pleasant and easy walking with many park benches along the way. We passed a couple of other walkers going in the opposite direction but otherwise, we had the trail to ourselves.

Altogether, we covered a little over 3 miles and  we said our goodbyes in the Parking Lot. I decided that I would drive to the Hwy 71 Trailhead and take a look at the Zipline which was now open. There were several cars at the building but no one on the ziplines that started the sequence. Guess I need to come back on the weekend to see some action. It is not that I wanted to try it out but rather to take pictures of the other heartier and braver souls than me.

I drove straight home ignoring the danger signals from my body that were insisting that I drive into Bastrop to satisfy my Starbucks cravings. I kept telling myself that it could wait until I hit Austin which is what I eventually did. The last time I went to the Bastrop Starbucks just a couple of days ago, I waited in the drive up line for 25 minutes and that was after them not checking in when my car was at the ordering station. I had to order at the window but to be fair, they did not charge me for my drink. I have no idea why they took so long unless the whole staff were just having a bad day.

Below is a slide show of the hike.

McKinney Roughs with Gloria and George 11-16-2016 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

Sit and Hear the Rain


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I love to sit and hear the rain
striking against my window pane
as Nature opens up her skies
to soak the earth and the waters rise
when things go dark during the day
we know that rain is on the way
how hard or how long we do not know
as we watch the water flow
from the skies onto the ground
raindrops falling all around
giving life to the earth
so that plants and animals can give birth
of more of their kind and all looking the same
as Nature plays her wonderful games.

Plans and the Weather.


dsc_4258Just as I had made plans to go walking at Pedernales Falls State Park today, the weather decided that it was not going to cooperate and the day turned into one of those wet, drizzly days when it is not sure that it really wants to rain but is wet enough to be uncomfortable out on the trail. I can’t complain about the temperature as it is a balmy 75 degrees, just right for walking. Not too hot and not too cold.

I spent some of the extra time reading emails and catching up with the latest news from around the World which of course, included all kinds of stuff about the upcoming election here in the US. Personally, I will be glad when next Tuesday arrives and even more glad when it is over. I have given up trying to understand the workings of some of my fellow Americans minds and have long ago decided that the news agencies have done everything they can to continue to stir up trouble for both candidates. I will not hide the fact that I am a Democrat and have already cast my vote for Hillary Clinton who, in my mind has by far the better credentials and experience than does Trump.

I have joked to my friends that if Trump does become the next President, it would be time for me to give up my American Citizenship and go back to England where they have their own troubles. Actually, it rains too much and is way too cold after living in Texas all of these years that I don’t think I would last very long over there and it is not a very viable alternative.

What I would really like is to buy 20 acres way out in the back of beyond and build a small cabin and live off the grid for as long as possible but at almost 81 years old, maybe that too is pie in the sky.

So I guess that if I keep a low profile for the next 4 years, maybe I will get by unnoticed. After all, I am an immigrant too albeit a white boy from the old country. Just kidding of course but it does raise the question of what Trump will bring to this country if he is elected.

Back to the weather, tomorrow is supposed to clear up and just be cloudy. Maybe I can get that walk in after all.