(*Thanks to Shelfarian sweetafton, who tells me that hodophilia is love of road trips and siderodromophilia is love of train travel. Count me... more »
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Because I was such a precocious wee tot, I was forever finding words in books that I hadn't heard spoken-like blancmange. 'What's blank-mange ?'
SC is such a fool-I wish that I could make it go away again as the suggestions it makes are so absurd; why would anyone want to say that the hero of Weathering/Withering Heights is Featherlight ? Or Betsey Driftwood ? Or Barnaby Fudge, Rudie, Nudge, Rodge or Budge ? Les Miserably is a nice book, and so is Dr Johnson's Selassie.
I know someone who once worked with a man named Les who was a real sourpuss & was always known as Les Miserables (pron as if the words were English)
I have heard of people who thought that pseudo was pron. suede-oh.
It drove my mother mad when people called Drogheda Drog-ee-dah. Or talked about Donnygaul tweed.
And have a sinus vacuum-clean at the same time. When one thinks of lost productivity from colds, it seems as if it'd be a good investment though I know that there are many varieties of colds. This year I seem to have had one after another. Often ending up as chest infections-blecchhhh ! Bring on a vaccine. Codral used to be really good for symptoms-then they improved the formula.
Did you think that meringue, antiques and blancmange were pronounced as spelt ? A friend refers to meringue style wedding dresses as merring-gews, which makes them sound even meringue-ier. :D SC wanted to change merring-gews to erring Jews.
Did you realise that the horses were waiting at the gate for the CUE to fly away, not the QUEUE to fly away ? I won't say how old I was before I caught onto that one. It just didn't make any sense-or rather, it made a bit, but not much. Who was in the queue, for heaven's sake ? And why did they all fly away ?
Would you pay good money for a cold vaccine ? I would. I heard that everyone has an average of 2 1/2 colds a year, so several people must have had none at all this year as I had theirs as well as my own. Fanshawe makes a nice nurse, even if he's a bit over-zealous at washing the patient. If I try to resist, he holds my head with his paws, makes the doggy equivalent of 'tsk, tsk' and starts again. I suppose that your kitty does the same-ours did. It's so nice to have a living hot water bottle that never loses its heat but gets warmer-though it's a bit hot in summer. But kindly meant :D
I grew up on the water and I spent a lot of time on boats but I understand the point about being stuck. I'm not a fan of cruises, partly for that reason. Every time one of my friends almost convinces me that a cruise is a good idea, there's a news article about some cruise disaster so I'm fairly certain it's something I should avoid. :-)
We've been to Bruges several times. I love the medieval church where the Madonna and child is. Last time we were there I took pictures of the Michaelangelo but they came out blurry so I need to go back. Don't know when that will be though. France sounds good - I've only ever been to Paris.
I was just reading your profile (which I'm sure I did once before but I've completely forgotten it) and am very envious of all your travel. I love The Netherlands - Delft is one of my favorite cities, as is Den Haag where I've spent most of my time. Bruges is my favorite European city - I love the medieval feel (you know how I adore history). Plus you've been to Trier in Germany, another city I loved. Really enjoyed the old Roman ruins. But you've been so many places that I haven't been - Switzerland, Austria, Scotland, Ireland...would love to go to all of those places. I also love Spain - we haven't been there in quite a few years now and I'd love to go to Barcelona, one place I've never visited (except the airport.)
Surprised that you are thalassophobic (and yes, I had to look that up). Don't you live near the coast? Were you able to read "The Sea, The Sea"?
No, I don't think we saw a host, just heard a voice.
Yes, poor things, reduced to that. I really would need a 'you are here' map for some that I've seen-well, more than one.I can lose myself anywhere, and a house the size of Althorp, glorious as it is, would be a nightmare for one with geographical dyslexia.
But with all its glory, it wouldn't be worth marrying the Earl to live in it, he DID seem arrogant in his attitude to other people, like writing his first two wives out of the family records and the remarks he made about people. He really does seem to assume that the rest of us are stupid and ignorant, and he kept saying 'people think...' followed by some remark that made it sound as everyone except himself thought alike.Needless what 'people' thought was witless and silly.
I can never read the first line of Mrs Hemans poem about the homes of England 'The stately homes of England, how beautiful they stand' without singing it to the Noel Coward tune.
Actually, the Ulster house is NOTHING like Althorp-except that it's the same age as some of it :D :D :D
I guessed that that was who it was; we do now have the channel that it's on, but I think that I have probably missed too much by now. Is Maggie Smith really as lined as she is on it, do you think, or is it just really good makeup ?
There's a series on now about what's called Manor Houses, but as the first one was Althorp they're some manor houses :D I mean, I'd call the family house in Ulster a manor house, but it's not quite like Althorp which is 100,000 square feet. And has 17 Gainsboroughs in one of the rooms. I'd need 'you are here' maps everywhere. The Earl didn't come across as anyone I'd like to know, though, very arrogant.
Your cat might like a little playmate. Playkitty ? Fanshawe loves cats & can never why understand their unenthusiastic response. You know how dogs snap at flies as they buzz past ? He did that today as a blowfly whizzed past-and caught it, much to his surprise. And the fly's.
We don't have many blowflies, I must add-just a few at this time of year !
(whispers) Shall I buy you some sunblock when I'm in town ? You look just a tiny bit...well, as if you've been in the sun too long.
As well as the hares, there are some very smug looking dux across the road. But oh sorrow, my beloved Clydesdale had to be put down, as he developed bone problems-alas, an occupational hazard for horses as big as darling Mighty-and there was nothing else to be done. He was 22 & terribly sweet & gentle. His friend now has her daughter for company.
The video dog looked very timid generally-you can see that his father feels very protective towards him. I love that look that says that the dog is afraid, but if his hand is held, it'll be all right. I somehow suspect that he doesn't have a great career as a guard dog ahead of him.
We are very poorly off for attractive wild animals-we don't have anything, really. Native bats ? I saw a stoat once quite close up on the walkway near us-we see an odd one on the road. But they are neither attractive nor native :)
I saw two white herons here which delighted me; they are very rare and not found in this part of the country, so their being here was an unsolved mystery.
It should come up with 'nervous dog wants to hold owner's hand in car'. You can see what a lovely relationship they must have.
We don't have squirrels; why the idiots who thought that it would be a brilliant idea to bring in possums didn't bring in gorgeous little squirrels instead is known only to themselves and they're long dead. I loved squirrels in the UK and Canada-especially the red ones. But I'd settle for any colour. There was a picture in our paper of a squirrel in New York who had discovered that someone had trustingly left a paper bag of something nice-nuts or sweets-on the carrier of their bike. I'd like to know how many were left when they returned.
It was such a nice day today that I took Fanshawe down to collect a tin of paint and as it was going to be a bit heavy to carry back, I took the cane wheeled basket & gave him a lift in it. He had a beautiful time-to him it must be almost like seeing the world from a double-decker bus as he stands with his hands on the edge. I let him stand on the paint most of the way back, but he had to walk up the hill. Not that he minded, as going for a W.A.L.K never loses its novelty. Mad joy when the L.E.A.D. comes out. How lovely to be 'so easily made glad'. But he won't suffer the same fate as the last duchess-the ending of that poem is as shocking on the 100th reading as the 1st, though one can understand the duke in a way.
Have you seen the video of the nervous dog who wants to hold his owner's hand in the car ? He really does look nervous and worried, although the owner is driving safely enough to reassure anyone ! Fanshawe adores any form of wheeled transport, even the 1960s cane basket on wheels that someone gave me (the classiest form of wheeled shopping bag I know. The only trouble is that it's heavier than the cloth ones to start with, so hauling Fanshawe uphill in it is no joke) which makes him look like a Roman general in a chariot. He hopes. In fact, it makes him look like a Maltese terrier in a 1960s wheeled basket :D But he does look rather sweet standing up with his paws on the edge, grinning happily as he admires the new perspective from which he's seeing everything.
Some of the lambies are still small enough to look like real lambies, especially the twins. I spend so much time leaning on the windowsill cooing 'Oh, aren't they sweet ???'
The toitois' plumes (NZ pampas grasses) are now just stalks except for a few raggedy bits on one across the road & look ridiculous, thanks to the birds who have been stripping them bare to make nests. Thanks, birdies, you go ahead. We don't mind in the least having our toitois denuded to make bird duvets & mattresses.
But veddy, veddy endearing-you have to love them :)
I saw some sweeeeeet Little Blue penguins on the news...I want one !
And at the zoo yesterday I saw red pandas, though why they ARE pandas is a mystery, as they look like a cat crossed with a monkey to me. I have heard that panda-pandas also climb trees, but pity any tree that one of THOSE sits in. They could be employed as tree fellers-look, Pandy, a bunch of bamboo shoots at the top of that pine tree !
I wonder if the unlucky zookeepers in China who were running tomato-faced with the pandas in the earthquake while the ungrateful pandas shrieked and whinged were ever the same again. I have never seen such base ingratitude. The men could have run much faster alone, but they nobly carried their big charges to safety, and all they had in return was a lot of hysterical bawling. I seem to recall that they weren't full-grown, but they were big enough that I wouldn't want to carry one !
Smaller, too-it must be a Pigmy Panda.
I was worried that I might run out of bamboo shoots, but it eats grass as well. I didn't know that pandas did that, and it's very convenient-bamboo shoots are quite hard to find sometimes.
Oooh-thank you, thank you ! Isn't it sweet ? I didn't know that their fur felt so much like wool, or that they had waggly tails ! I love it !