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This adorable feller is a dormouse. They’re known for hibernating six months of the year and being painfully cute. The photo was used on Facebook to promotee the Sussex Wildlife Trust, though it’s the typical FB bait-and-switch where you click the picture and you don’t actually get a bigger version of the same picture. It’s credited to Terry Whittaker/2020VISION (I think. It’s hard to read).

But the actual article I’m linking to is a crowdfunding campaign called The Vagina Museum needs your help to open

Set to be the world’s first bricks and mortar museum dedicated to vaginas, vulvas and the gynaecological anatomy, the Vagina Museum, (the first and only registered charity in the UK with vagina in its title) is positioned to open in Camden Market in November 2019. But to make this great (and time sensitive) opportunity a reality, we need your help to do it! We have launched a crowdfunder to achieve this.

Then they go on a long tirade about how health is endangered when women are embarrassed to say “vagina” — but I’m pretty sure most people would be embarrassed to say penis or testicle in the same setting and it isn’t causing millions of men to drop dead of dick cancer.

Anyway. There you go. Toss ’em some change if you want to see this happen. Or, better yet, look at that adorable dormouse.

April 23, 2019 — 8:12 pm
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Back to work in the morning, hi ho!

It’s a running joke in England that rotten weather waits for long weekends (or bank holidays, as they call them) and then pounces. It’s usually true, too.

Not this time. I’ve never known a more perfect consecutive four days of weather. Sunny, hot in the sun, cool in the shade. Light breeze. Man, I could stand a whoooole lot of this.

Pictured, the kittens we watched coming into the world a couple of weeks ago (okay, no we didn’t…in the end, they whisked her away for a c-section off camera because complications). They aren’t exactly all growed up, but their eyes are open and their at that stage where they try to romp and play but their wiring isn’t up to it. It’s unbearably cute. Livestream.

The other pregnant cat from that post still hasn’t dropped kitten. She looks like a miserable furry beachball.

p.s. trying to find the perfect screen grab for you, I finally bothered to Google the YouTube navigation commands. On pause, you can go one frame forward or back with the , and . keys. Enjoy!

p.p.s. Other Kitty had her kittens in the night. Looks to me like three blackies and a ginger. If you poke the link above, that’s what you’ll see this morning.

April 22, 2019 — 7:55 pm
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Ahhhh….

B took this snapshot today: my best hen having herself a nice old-fashioned dustbath in the vegetable bed. Happy, happy chicken.

It was perfect today. Sunny, light breeze, temps around 70. When England does a Summer day, it’s quite a thing.

Okay, okay…Spring. And, okay, yes…I spent it indoors arting around. But, hey, I have a window!

Awesome start to my long weekend. Hope the spiritual among us had a good Good Friday, and the rest of us a mere good Friday. Have a blessed weekend to go with it!

April 19, 2019 — 7:46 pm
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I bought me a basket today

Passed this in a junk shop window today and, for £10, had to have it. Don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but it’s a beaut.

Strapped it to my bicycle to get it home and, yes, came the Elmira Gulch jokes immediately. I know too many people in the town.

Zo! One of the perks when your Queen is also your Pope: no separation of church and state. I get a four-day holiday at Easter! Tonight, I am a happy bunny!

Don’t worry, though — I’ll be around at the usual time to post pointless crap. Hoorah!

In case you missed it: commenter peacelovewoodstock pointed me to this:

In light of the devastating fire at the Notre Dame de Paris, Ubisoft wants to give all gamers the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of the cathedral through Assassin’s Creed Unity on PC.

From April 17th at 15:00 to April 25th at 08:00 (your local time), you can download Assassin’s Creed Unity on PC for free here, and you’ll own it forever in your Uplay games library.

We encourage all of you who want to help with the restoration and reconstruction of the Cathedral to join Ubisoft in donating.

I’m currently finishing up Assassin’s Creed: Origins (set in ancient Egypt). I’m a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series. The story telling isn’t brilliant, but the painstakingly-recreated historic environments are just wonderful.

Unity is set during the French Revolution. It came out in 2014 to so-so reviews (technical issues on launch, looks like), but it looks mighty purty. I got mine. Get yours!

April 18, 2019 — 9:59 pm
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More things spotted in the supermarket

Not really remarkable, but worth noting that this sign is up high and behind a deep shelf of produce. So, I don’t know. Inside job?

It’s late. I’m off! Relieved to note that Notre Dame is salvageable (they saved the rose windows!), though it’s going to be a tough row to hoe. As it were.

April 16, 2019 — 10:24 pm
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Unbearable

Cannot watch Notre Dame burn. Just cannot deal.

We heard about the news from my mother-in-law before it hit the top of the BBC (I think it might have been a smaller item down the page) — process that for a moment. Drudge had it front and center, though.

Take my advice: don’t go to Twitter tonight. I’m coming to the conclusion that the only purpose of Twitter is to make me psychotically angry.

Beautiful gargoyle picture above from Peter Adams Photography. I would say “courtesy of” but I don’t think it counts as a courtesy if you didn’t ask.

April 15, 2019 — 9:38 pm
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If I eat these, will I die?

An amazing whole bed of these ‘shrooms sprung up over the weekend in one of the flower beds. They were lovely and fluffy and white at first and I’m pretty sure they’re some flavor of champignons.

They’re looking a little tired and not so appetizing now, but I’m still tempted. Color photos wouldn’t help; they’re just kind of grayish.

I have a book on identifying local fungi around here somewhere, but I’m not sure where and I’m lazy. Pls help, internet.

The British have a lovely saying that’s not nearly as rude as it sounds: “suck it and see.”


Deborah HH has won the deadpool with Richard Cole, last of the Doolittle Raiders. You know what that means:

HERE. TOMORROW. SIX SHARP WBT. DEAD POOL ROUND 120.

April 10, 2019 — 8:34 pm
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Glamour and celebrity

Today, we were next in line to this guy in the supermarket checkout. I have a side bet with Uncle B that you guys will know who he is. You’re just the type.

The picture is a hint. I stole it from the BBC, which is also a hint.

My, he did look weedy, I must say. He was buying a sad little cluster of cans of mushroom soup. One he was returning because he’d accidentally picked one up with chicken in it, so I suspect vegetarian. Don’t do it, kids. Just don’t.

I probably violated half a dozen EU privacy directives just now.

Uncle B nodded hello to him, but I was busy wondering if I could sneakily take a phone picture without getting caught. The answer is no.

April 9, 2019 — 8:49 pm
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My kitchen garbage smells like cinnamon

My tea came today! That’s a big ol’ bag of chai, innit?

I generally prefer to make it up myself from spices, but this is a very nice commercial blend. If you’re in the UK, I recommend these people (strangely, they have many more varieties of tea in their Ebay shop than their online store). I can’t guarantee they make it up on the day they ship it, as they claim, but we’ve now ordered quite a bit of tea from them and it’s all been excellent.

Not cheap. Not as expensive as some, but not cheap. Fancy tea is dear, even in the land of fanatic tea drinkers.

Good weekend, all!

April 5, 2019 — 8:13 pm
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What the sam hill is going on here?

Meet my box of extra long kitchen matches. It is a clip art tragedy, featuring a googly-eyed hairy-leggèd prestidigitator spinning a wiener for an indifferent audience of Chads and Beckys.

Did you know fire targets children? Specifically?

I reckon that’s what’s going on in the warning box in the upper right: roving fire bolts victimizing a luckless child.

Forget the porn license – give us the clipart license!

p.s. No. I did not buy a porn license yesterday. Top of the world, Ma!

April 2, 2019 — 9:11 pm
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