Vespers having been recited, I am now enjoying a fire and British detective series on DVD.

I can’t believe that photo is from my phone…. anyway…

And it’s deer season!

It sounds like a war zone around here right now. 

I went around for some outside chores today, but you don’t don’t don’t go out without blaze orange ANYTIME in this period.

Ah the joys of small countyside stores!


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  1. Margaret says:

    Oh my. This brings back memories– traveling with my then-fiance (now DH) to meet his extended family at Thanksgiving. We stopped off at a motel halfway in rural Pennsylvania (two rooms, thank you very much.) Once we checked in we discovered the rest of the hotel was occupied by hunters ready and waiting for the start of deer season the very next morning. All we could do was keep joking that we’d best be very careful and not call each other “Dear” until we were far away from the scene… :)

  2. Singing Mum says:

    What, no blaze orange biretta?
    My husband and I were also watching a British detective series this evening. Very fine, indeed.

  3. gloriainexcelsis says:

    Gotta love those British detective series. Speaking of deer hunting – one of my daughters, all 5 feet 1 of her, is an avid hunter with her husband in Utah. Pictures of her with the hunter’s stance, holding the rifle, one foot on the deer, hand on the antlers really gives me a turn! My comadre, godmother to one of my nine and her husband (godfather,Korean vet, NRA member), patriotic Mexican heritage people, was the only one who could serve up venison that I really could enjoy. Bill (Guillermo) shot and dressed ’em. Leovarda (Leo) cooked ’em. Yum!

  4. isabella says:

    That’s pretty funny about the blaze orange. When I lived in Fr Z’s neck of the woods, I didn’t even dare ride my horse during deer season without decking out the two of us in orange – like medieval caparisons, even though I had a gray horse who looked nothing like a deer.

    Up here in AK, not as much as an issue, maybe because we hunt moose instead? For whatever reason, I feel safer in the woods here. Have never worried about it.

  5. FrCharles says:

    For a city kid like me, deer season when I was a novice in Calvary Station, WI was quite a culture shock. I had always thought that hunting was something you went somewhere else to do. Oh no. All over our little neighborhood it was guns firing and Old Style beer flowing. The Novice Master advised us that we should wear secular clothing for any walks, and avoid the Capuchin brown of our habits for a little while.

  6. caite says:

    beer and folks with guns…a timeless combination..lol

  7. pelerin says:

    I wonder if the British detective series would be ‘Morse’, ‘Poirot’ or ‘Cadfael’ – all three are excellent.

  8. RVisotski says:

    Years back, we had lived just a few miles away from where Fr. is now. Our home was at the very top of the 2nd ridge of the Blue Mountains, overlooking beautiful, downtown Broadheadsville. The ridge was a “highway for hunters” and we had to outfit our Yellow Lab with a orange vest so he didn’t get shot in our yard. Right around now we would be waiting for the first snow, which is not something we think about in SC. Oremus Pro Invicem.

  9. bookworm says:

    It’s firearm deer hunting season in central Illinois also… in some rural communities it’s practically a state holiday. Perhaps blaze orange ought to be designated as a liturgical color too?

  10. Bressani56 says:

    I bet that detective series is FOYLE’s WAR

  11. We spent the day at our place in norhtern Minnesota yesterday. There were regular shotgun blasts throughout the day but dusk sounded like a string of fire crackers.

  12. Kent says:

    Its deer season here in western Nebraska, too. Being a farmer and with close ties to nature, I dread this time of year. I spend most of my time in the spring, summer and fall months out of doors and so am privleged to a front row seat to animal wildlife and its development through the year. Pheasants evolve from chicks to full plumaged adults; deer or evidence of them abound. And then comes November with 4 wheel drive pickups and hunters with rifles and shotguns. It feels like some kind of violation to have someone you don’t know and have never seen before suddenly appear and kill or maim animals that you have watched for most of the year. Its like a rape of the land. What sport is there in shooting an animal from 300 yards away with a high powered rifle equiped with a scope? Go back to your homes, leave us alone and save yourself a bunch of money by buying a steak at Walmart.

  13. Kent says:

    And since we’re on the subject, will you people from town that have moved to a farmhouse in the country or are just driving in the country please refrain from thinking that you are doing mankind a favor by skiding you tires over a bull snake laying on the road soaking up the suns rays?

  14. Kimberly says:

    I have a huge Belgium Shepherd and he has to wear orange when we go for a walk for fear he will get tagged as a dear. He doesn’t seem to mind.

  15. Thomas S says:

    British detective series?

    Give me COLUMBO any day of the week!

    (And there’s even a British connection there. The creators of Columbo said a strong influence on the character was Chesterton’s Father Brown.)

  16. wanda says:

    Is there a kevlar lining in that hat? Be careful, Fr. Z.

    Angel of God, his guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits him here,
    Ever this day (and throughout deer season) be at his side, to light, to guard,
    To rule and guide. Amen.

  17. For a lot of people, deer is the meat your kids eat all winter, or don’t.

    St. Hubert, pray for hunters!

  18. Bressani: I bet that detective series is FOYLE’s WAR


  19. Emilio III says:

    On Nov. 7 the Dallas Stars played the Wild in St Paul, so a couple of young skaters who are Minnesota natives wanted to get tickets for all their friends and relatives, but thought it would be difficult. They were told that it would not be difficult for that game, and that they probably would not need that many, since it was the opening day of deer season. I’m sure their mothers went to the game.

    I’m really surprised anybody here approves of the Cadfael series. The only one I saw on TV was One Corpse Too Many, which was excellent. So I ordered all of them on DVD. Most of the others had some weird scene not on the books which seemed meant to exaggerate the savagery and ignorance of the times. But the treatment of Pilgrim of Hate was absolutely despicable: the saintly crippled boy was a fraud who faked a miracle, his sister was a whore, and the whole book was intentionally perverted.

  20. JaneC says:

    Aww, poor Father Z, having to wear such an awful hat! I know it’s important to wear orange and not be shot by some of the, er, less careful hunters, but there are nicer blaze orange hats to be had. My husband has this one from Orvis:


    It doesn’t quite look blaze orange in the picture, but it is in person. A little more stylish than a mesh baseball cap, don’t you think?

  21. Jaybirdnbham says:

    Father, while you’re outside in your orange cap, we can hope that none of the hunters are color-blind! :-)

  22. Charivari Rob says:

    Perhaps a new merchandising opportunity – “Say the Black, Wear the Orange” outerwear and mugs!

  23. david andrew says:

    I’m shaken out of bed almost every morning here by the barrage of gun fire, as there’s an island just off the river bank where I’m living, and the hunters camp out on that island to hunt Canada geese.

    Since it’s Canada geese, I don’t object. Pesky things they are, and destructive. The geese, that is.

    By the way, how does one serve Canada goose? With a Cumberland sauce?

    For what it’s worth, my favorite British mystery series are: Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett), Poirot and Cadfael. I also like Rumpole of the Bailey, although I don’t know that it necessarily falls into the mystery category, per se.

  24. Bressani56 says:

    OK, Is it Dr. Bell and Mr. Doyle – The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes ??

    The Cadfaels are unbelievable, by the way: really wonderful.

  25. Singing Mum says:

    I love the Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett, too. Poirot close second, and I wish it were on netflix.
    For substance, does anything beat the Fr. Brown Mysteries? I have yet to see it dramatised very well, though.

  26. robtbrown says:

    Nero Wolfe wasn’t a Brit, but I recommend the series. It ran for two years, and the complete set of 8 DVD’s is about $54.

    My favorites, however, were the two spy novels/British detective stories turned into 6 hour TV shows: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and “Smiley’s People”, both starring Alec Guinness, who of course was a convert.

  27. robtbrown says:

    Singing Mum,

    If you’re in a large city, the public library might have the Poirot series.

  28. Beer, deer, bars, God, country and a rippin’ fire-doesn’t get any better than that!

    Prime Suspect?

  29. Sounded like a war zone here today.

    I went up to the corner store, and saw lots of pickups parked for registration of their deer. In the back on one pickup were two very nice bucks. There was a local TV station truck and cam set up.

    Next to the truck was a young woman. Only.

  30. Not me. :-) I did not hunt this year, due to my unemployed status. I’ll be out next year!

  31. irishgirl says:

    I remember my brother-in-law telling us about a time when his parents went deer hunting.

    His father [or his brother-in-law] was wearing brown in the woods, which was a no-no during the season. And he nearly got shot because of it! And I think it was during bow-and-arrow season!

    The way my brother-in-law told the story, it was hysterical! And luckily everyone came through unscathed!

    I loved Sherlock Holmes as portrayed by Jeremy Brett! Did you know that he was also in ‘My Fair Lady’ with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison? He did the song, ‘On The Street Where You Live’. Quite a contrast to his intense portrayal of Holmes!

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