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They should just make socks … because they’re crap

Many, many thanks to Town Mouse for sharing this short video:

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Now that’s what I call Christmas decorations!

I don’t “do” Christmas. I’m neither Scrooge nor Grinch but I can’t stand the uber-hype at this time of year, the overspending, the I Want, Must Have culture that can’t be good for anyone’s health or happiness. Considering it’s meant to be a religious festival (but only coz they nicked the idea from the Celts etc), although I’m about as religious as a paper bag, I find the gluttony and greed that seems to rule this time of year to be sickening.

So … I don’t “do” Christmas.

But I would do these decorations:

Santa baby, hurry down the chimney tonight...

Santa baby, hurry down the chimney tonight...

They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games...

They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games...

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Via Doggonedmysteries!

Pigs and cats on YouTube

On Wednesday, when the heavens opened and my animals started pairing up and staring at their arks in anticipation, B and I hid indoors and indulged in some YouTube surfing. I can’t resist the urge to share these two videos with you.

Enjoy!

Heptaphilia

I have been tagged by Andrew in this simple meme: to list seven things I love. Like Andrew, I’m going to skip the predictable mentions of friends and family, though I do love you all!

In no particular order:

  1. Sunsets and sunrise. The ones where it looks as though someone has thrown together every bright colour in a pattern that shouldn’t work, but oh, how it does.
  2. Kindness from strangers. When people you don’t know go out of their way to make your life that little bit better, even for just a moment, for no reward, simply because they have the power to do so.
  3. Speeches, whether in real life or in a film/play/on TV, that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, even as you find yourself wanting to (or actually) rise to your feet, your hands beating together in a tempo that matches the rhythm and tempo of the speaker’s magical words. For that moment, you would walk to war. In the wrong hands, this power is amongst the most dangerous weapons known to humanity. In the right hands, well… a slice of heaven.
  4. Nature at work. From the highest mountain ranges to the deepest gorges, the idea that nature is still constructing some of the most spectacular and terrifying sights on earth, even as we sleep, is wonderful. Nature is the best architect we have ever known and we should spend more time getting to know her work and less time destroying it.
  5. A book, film or TV show that completely captures you. From the moment you start reading or watching, life outside those pages or pixels is non-existent. Having laughed or cried (or both), your heart stopping through fear that the worst would happen to these people whose emotions you are experiencing with them, and racing when the best happens, you re-emerge, blinking, confused.
  6. Being in the water on a hot day. By this, I do of course mean the sea or a pool, not the bath! The feeling of the sun’s heat on your shoulders while your body is submerged in the most delicious, soothing coolness is unbeatable, especially if you are surrounded by a spectacular landscape.
  7. Good food, good company, good laughs. I don’t think I need to expand on this one, do I?

I tag… Jennie, Welshpurpletree, and The Garden Smallholder. And anyone else who fancies a go!

Appearances can be deceptive

A couple of self-deprecating anecdotes for your amusement:

Several weeks ago, I went to the local library to do some photocopying. I went up to the desk and asked if they did indeed have a photocopying machine. The librarian nodded and was in the middle of telling me where it was located when she had a proper look at me. An old and scruffy jumper, muddy jeans, muddy leather boots, messy hair… She stopped and asked if I’d like her to do the photocopying for me.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, I was feeding the pigs and as the weather kept turning from hot sunshine to heavy rain with little warning, decided that after the morning’s soaking, this time I’d go for too hot but dry and donned my raincoat, which is actually a child’s one. I was happily chatting away to Tia and Bailey, my back to the road that runs alongside the field, when I heard a voice: “Hey, kid!”

I turned round in shock and came face to face with a teenage boy who proceeded to put on the most incredible display of blushing that I’ve ever seen. After going through a whole spectrum of colours, his cheeks settled on a vivid colour that would do any post box proud. “Erm, can you tell me the way to the train station?”, he stammered, and I duly gave him directions, trying to stop myself from laughing. Off he walked (well, ran) and I almost wet my pants, I was laughing so hard. Readers, he was half my age!!!!!!!!

Desert Island MP3s

I like music but I’m not a an aficionado. Most of the time, I hear a tune or a song and think to myself about how much I like it, but I couldn’t tell you who sang it or what it was called, and I can generally only remember one or two lines – and I often mishear them or get them wrong in some other way.

So, when Jennie tagged me to take part in her version of Desert Island Discs (or MP3s, as she calls it, coz she’s young, hip and happening, unlike me, an old fogey), I panicked slightly as while there’s lots of music I love, how on earth would I describe it? That song by the singer with short hair that goes “dum dum dum” somewhere in the middle… Think she’s a red head. Could be brown, though…

Still, with only five songs (these modern versions are rubbish! Should be 8!!!) I couldn’t go too far wrong! And I even managed to resist the urge to pick albums, even though I got permission!

  1. Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  3. Do you Hear the People Sing? from Les Mis
  4. Respect by Aretha Franklin
  5. I’m a bit rubbish when it comes to classical music but as a recent convert to Classic FM (I’ve given up on Radio 2 other than Sarah Kennedy, Terry Wogan, Chris Evans and Mo Dutta), I’m slowly becoming a big, if uneducated, fan. So, for my fifth and final choice, all I can say is this: A classical piece. Something with the full orchestra. The type of thing that makes you want to jump up on your feet and do something. The classical equivalent to a rock anthem!

My book would be the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and while I like the idea of a wireless laptop and a broadband connection, in truth, my luxury item would have to be my dogs.

Passing it on people, passing it on. Ye all be tagged!

London bus slogan

Sorry, I just couldn’t resist!

London bus slogan

Make your own here.

Look who’s laying!

I meant to blog this the other day but totally forgot. Even though she has got “her” three chicks with her, who hatched in November, Mama Silkie has started laying again!

Mama Silkie and her egg - 9 January 2009

Mama Silkie and her egg - 9 January 2009

She started by producing one every other day but there’s been one every day since Sunday (and blogging about it means there won’t be one today!). I’m very grateful but somewhat confused…!

Glorious food!

Food!

Food!

Magical food!

Magical food!

Wonderful food!

Wonderful food!

Marvellous food!

Marvellous food!

Fabulous food!

Fabulous food!

Glorious food!

Glorious food!

Tree of Happiness

Tree of Happiness I have been tagged by Jennie to list six things that make me happy and to tag a further six people to list six things that make them happy …….. and so on.

Well, I am going to break the rules slightly as I’m not going to tag anybody as I’ve done a lot of that recently and I suspect it’s getting a tad repetitive so if you want to do the meme, feel free to do so – just let me know so we can all read what you say!

I’m also going to refrain from general things such as “loved ones” or “my animals” and will try to be specific.

So, here goes…

1. Cwtching in bed at the end of a long day. A good DVD playing. The dogs asleep in their beds. Belly full after a delicious meal. Pudding to come later once dinner settled! Clean sheets. Relaxed after a soak in the bath. Cold enough to warrant the cwtch. Warm enough to banish cold feet.

2. Being outside first thing in the morning when everyone else is still asleep. You own the world at that time and there’s nothing to disturb it. Best experienced in spring or summer when you can enjoy the early hours without feeling chilly. Having said that, a cold, frosty morning when you’re well wrapped up is justifiable when the trees (and pavements) sparkle with the ice that’s formed overnight.

3. Mind you, save the winter woolies for this. Have you ever stood in the middle of the countryside, miles from anywhere, on a moonlit night with nothing between you and the heavens apart from millions of stars, all so tantalisingly close that you can almost reach up and pluck one from the sky? It’s beautiful in summer but for some reason, a shockingly cold winter’s night suits this best. If you can’t feel your feet, you’ve picked the right night.

4. Food. But not just food. I mean food. All your favourites, there in front of you. Not be be stuffed mindlessly into your gob, but to be savoured, slowly, enjoyed. Be it comfort food, junk food or fine dining, take your time, let the flavours glide slowly over your taste buds. Smell each forkful, taste each ingredient, sit back and enjoy. Excellent company and lots of laughter enhance the flavour!

5. The moment the animal you chose chooses you back. Not just a wag of a tail or a purr or a grunt of recognition. The moment their let their guard down and show you true devotion, loyalty and trust. There are many examples with the current menagerie, not to mention previous pets, but the one that stands out in my mind is the day Snipe chose me over Mum, B and Teal when they headed off in one direction (the way home) and I set off in the other. I didn’t call Snipe to me and let her go home with the others but she got half way across the field and then, when she realised that I was missing, turned round and came to find me.

6. Driving. I’ve loved it since the moment I first got behind the wheel and I will always associate it with independence and freedom. I love long drives (so long as the goodie bag is well stocked!) and my favourites are the routes you know but haven’t driven for ages so the scenery is refreshing in its contrast to your daily drives. The longest journey I’ve ever driven was from west Wales to Glasgow (via Birmingham to drop a friend off) – and then back again three days later. We went up overnight and the sun came up just as we approached the border – truly spectacular, though I could have slept for a week! We stopped at every single service station on the M6 and I had an expresso and a latte – enough caffeine to keep me going until the next stop!

So there you have it, six things that make me happy. What about you?