web analytics

I understand these are popular

As my old granny used to say, sometimes you’ve just got to show a little ass.

Brits love their donkeys. Brits love other people’s donkeys. There are all sorts of charities for taking care of donkeys overseas. Our European neighbors have a bad habit of using donkeys hard and then…throwing them off of rooftops and such.

Seriously, it’s true. There’s some festival in Spain where they throw a donkey off the roof. Mostly they just work them to death, though. The lucky ones end up here.

Though this young ass is 100% British born, I think.

August 21, 2019 — 8:51 pm
Comments: 6

My, what a big boy

There’s always a falconry exhibit at these country shows, but I think this is the first time I saw someone exercise a bald eagle. Impressive.

The falconer explained that they do lose them from time to time (including while doing shows), but they have fancy gps collars now, hooked to fancy phone apps. He says if one flies off and doesn’t reappear for a while, he texts the bird: you are lost and collar texts back his location, including altitude. Neat.

This photo (and several other good ones) courtesy of Uncle B.

Oh! Speaking of neat apps, one of my elderly buds was telling me about the app that controls her hearing aids. She can do things you expect, like adjust bass and treble and volume and so on, but the app will also broadcast to her hearing aids. So she can listen to music or podcasts. Even better, during a lecture, she can ask to leave her phone at the podium and it will broadcast the speech back to her.

Technology: making geriatrics cool.

August 20, 2019 — 8:08 pm
Comments: 5

A rare and wonderful thing

This is my old girl, who turned 17 this year. Seventeen very hard years, including a feral babyhood, a trans-Atlantic move and getting chewed on by a fox.

And this is my lap. Charlotte hasn’t gotten in my lap in…I don’t know. Maybe since we moved here? She’ll get in Uncle B’s lap occasionally, but never mine. She’s a world champion grudge holder and hands down the stubbornest creature I have ever known.

So. That’s where I’ve been tonight. Under the cat. Who can tell why? I had nothing better to do than take cellphone pictures of her.

July 31, 2019 — 8:20 pm
Comments: 10

Ending the week on another chicken

Rooster in a flower pot. He’s making the angry face because that’s the only face a chicken can make; he’s actually blissing out paddling around in the soil. Uncle B kindly left this pot full of loose compost for them and they take turns at it, having a dirt bath.

He’s a beautiful boy, but very definitely Number Two Roo.

We just got back from a party of the ‘one glass of wine and some cheese on a stick’ kind. And very enjoyable it was, too.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

July 26, 2019 — 9:12 pm
Comments: 7

Happy solstice!

My big boy, wishing you a happy longest day.

We’re considering putting the heat on tonight. Global warming has hit us especially hard this Summer, just as the BBC et al have declared a giant hand-flappy climate emergency. You know. For all the warming.

Their instincts are unerring.

We were going to sit out tonight and look for fairies, but it’s way too cold. Also, we got a txt from our tame fox-shooter: he’s decided to go hunting in our garden as soon as it’s fully dark. I reckon he has a night scope.

Good weekend, everyone!

June 21, 2019 — 8:12 pm
Comments: 4

Auntie!

I’m not generally a fan of women’s suffrage, but OMG — LOOK AT HER NAME! It’s Patsy the Mink!

Okay, it’s really Patsy Takemoto Mink, but still. How awesome is that? How come I never heard of her?

She served 12 terms! She made a grab for a presidential nom! She’s a mustelid!

Okay, it looks like she was a dreadful lefty (because of course she was), but I would totally vote for her just on account of that wonderful moniker. I am just that reasoned thoughtful. I know a woman who chose a candidate based on his shoes, so I’m not that far out of the mainstream.

See what I mean about women’s suffrage?

The Smithsonian was blathering on Twitter about the vote, which is where I found this. I’m safe re-posted political posters, right?

June 20, 2019 — 9:20 pm
Comments: 4

Two hours old

Get an incubator, they said. Don’t worry, they said, not all of the eggs will hatch. Buy plenty!

Got an incubator. Got 100% hatch. Up to my bits in chicklets. They’re a couple of weeks old now. Where am I going to put them all?

Sorry, I’d hoped to get the whole blog thing resolved by posting time today, but honest-to-dog you’ve never seen so much poop in your life.

June 17, 2019 — 8:51 pm
Comments: 17

…and now for something completely badger…

Mr Lumpy. No, I’m not talking about my beloved. Mr Lumpy is a badger that lives in Manchester. Videos of him (and fambly and other critters) are one of the brighter spots in my Twitter feed. Check it out if you need a brighter spot in yours.

Only, I just got to the tweet in his feed about foxes and their soulful eyes when I heard a commotion in the garden. Everybody’s okay, but that bigass soulful bastard was definitely back trying to appreciate the wonders of nature in my henhouse.

Hippies. Feh.

June 3, 2019 — 9:45 pm
Comments: 15

Cousin Fishy!

It’s #WorldOtterDay and the interwebs are alive with cute otter videos. Excellent photo nicked from NatGeo.

Otters are, of course, mustelids. Very photogenic ones with excellent PR. But don’t worry — National Weasel Day is coming soon and National Badger Day isn’t far behind.

Oh, wait. No. National Otter Day was yesterday. I need to check my Twitter more often.

May 30, 2019 — 8:39 pm
Comments: 6

‘Dire’ pun of some kind

Scientific American has run an article on dire wolves — which were real, apparently — in honor of the finale of Game of Thrones — in which work of fiction they feature, apparently.

I guess. We haven’t seen a single episode. We started to watch it, got to the dragons and Uncle B noped out hard.

Sword and sorcery. The man really hates it.

I don’t know how SA could possibly run an article on this animal without noting that it obviously had a baculum. How many canine species do?

April 29, 2019 — 9:11 pm
Comments: 13