In Lastingham we noticed the proverb over a cottage door, amd I wondered why I had not seen this before. It looks as though parts of the quotation have been expurgated.
In fact the quotation appears in Poor Richard's Almanack of 1745 and it does appear to have been shortened to save the stone mason's effort, or just to fit it all on the stone. The full version is:
"The good or ill hap of a good or ill life,
is the good or ill choice of a good or ill wife."
so it has saved carving "good or ill" three times. At ever so many pence a letter a worthwhile saving!
By the foot of an ash tree a nest of fungus in the fallen leaves. I guess they will all emerge as capped fungus in the next few days like the next photo.
Our walk lead us northwards to Ana's Cross, in the distance to both the east and west we could see plumes of smoke where the heather was being burnt off. These are the grouse moors of the National Park and the heather is burnt in rotation to produce fresh young shoots for the grouse to feed on.