Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween - blame the Irish!

Here in California, I get asked often at this time of year if we have Halloween in Ireland. I love telling people we sure do, in fact we started the whole thing. The Druids, native to Ireland (and Britain) began the festival to honor the Lord of the Dead, Samhein, on October 31st. I came across an interesting web article about it on holybible.com (Holy Bible! It must be true...) that said the Irish started trick-or-treating too.

But regardless of who started it, and even if you don't believe in ghosts or witches, I can provide proof today that zombies do exist...

On Sunday 20th of October downtown San Jose was swarmed by zombies...

I know because I was on my way to prom and I was attacked and... well... see for yourself!

A photographer just happened by and his photos of the entire event can be viewed on his website.

One of the funniest most gruesome moments was when a Bride and Groom were getting their wedding photos taken (for real) and they invited us to swarm them for a photo opt. (After making us promise not to dirty the wedding dress!)

Zombies also exist in nature too - really! Check this out...

And ants are susceptible too - I enjoyed the Irish guy in the Guinness tee shirt. Who's worried about cliches!

And gardeners beware, for in your very own gardens there are MUMMIES! I've seen them with my own two eyes...

And I welcome them too, because they signal the demise of aphids - hurray!

You get a good picture of what these mummies look like at 1.20 on the video. These are a sign that beneficials are hard at work in your garden, predating on Aphids.



Hope you all have a better Halloween than these beasties!

Happy Halloween

Byddi Lee

3 comments:

  1. We are also very much influenced by the Irish legacy, because for the whole week i have been seeing lots of these on TV. I guess it is easier for people to follow the bizarre and the horrible than following good values and beautiful ones! Maybe we ran out of things to have fun, it is not for me! I would rather spend the cost for those halloween things for cleaning the environment and helping the needy! hehe, thoughts from the old mind eh!

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  2. Different strokes! Variety is indeed the spice of life :-)

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  3. Haha, you look great! I hadn't heard about the zombie invasion in San Jose...I wonder how I missed that? There's one more garden zombie to add to your list too, the ZomBees! I occasionally check on the website at zombeewatch.org where they're tracking the spread of the parasite that's affecting the honey bees. The Bay Area seems to be one of the most affected areas so far. So I suppose it's true, zombies/zombees really do exist ;)

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