Monday, 26 November 2012

Monday Meanderings

Ivy - a creeper and climber
 Hide and seek on top of the freezer!
"There's not much space for my ears in here!"
 Ivy, plural ivies (Hedera), is a genus of 12–15 species of evergreen climbing or ground-creeping woody plants in the family Araliaceae, native to western, central and southern Europe.  On level ground they remain creeping, not exceeding 5–20 cm height, but on suitable surfaces for climbing, including trees, natural rock outcrops or man-made structures such as quarry rock faces or built masonry and wooden structures, they can climb to at least 30 m above the ground.

The Last Leaf
 The last leaf of the year on the cherry tree.

New Boots
Who's got new boots, then?

 The Kitchen Cometh
My brother-in-law is changing over his whole kitchen so we are having his ‘old’ appliances.  (They are only old in his eyes – they are new to us and our appliances have seen better decades; better millennia even.)  That means re-sizing cupboards, sawing worktops, installing outside electrical fittings (don’t even ask…) plumbing; gas installation and so on.  And while all this is going on the kitchen contents have to live somewhere – chaos reigns.

I'm a Deltiologist
Postcard 105 from Anouk 25th June 2012
Thanks to Dawn Treader I have discovered I am a deltiologist.  I quote -

Deltiology (from Greek δελτίον, deltion, diminutive of δέλτος, deltos, "writing tablet, letter"; and -λογία, -logia) is the study and collection of postcards. Professor Randall Rhoades of Ashland, Ohio, coined a word in 1945 that became the accepted description of the study of picture postcards. It took about 20 years for the name to appear in the dictionary the first time.


  1. I know they are Jo's and I'm not into cross-dressing but I do rather covet those boots: they remind me a tiny bit of my rare riding days.

    Does Ivy realise that she is a cat not a monkey?

    1. I think she was taken from her mother too young and then we watched an Attenborough film soon after her arrival. I think she's part monkey and part lemur...

  2. Ivy is really true to her name, isn't she! I think I can tell quite well the kind of mood she was in when you took those pictures - just look at her ears and eyes!
    Nice shiny boots, they will come in handy over the next few months, I guess.
    When I last had a look, there were maybe 5 or 6 leaves left on the cherry tree in front of my kitchen window.

  3. You need to make a video of Ivy, it could be become such a huge hit on Youtube! That first photo is too funny.

    1. Jo has been taking videos. So far she (Ivy) seems to regard the 'on' noise of the video camera as an excuse to stop what she's doing and curl up in a ball and go to sleep.

  4. That was, indeed, a ramble! First of all, I too was taken up with ivy over the weekend - English Ivy, to be exact. I gave myself the task of freeing the pump house and an adjacent tree from its tendrils - what a job! With the deer now fenced out, the ivy grows undisturbed.
    Love the boots!
    Leaves - I could do with a bagful or a dozen for the compost.

    1. Son-who-watches-films is now the expert in our house at cutting back the Ivy. It covered one half of the house when we arrived (literally - including a lounge window and a bedroom window) and most of next door's garage which forms a boundary. The garage is now free of it but he didn't re-do the house this year so it has shot up as high as the roof already. That's just in a year! A job for a sunny autumn day, I think.

  5. Glad you explained the meaning on that one, I was thinking that it might have something to do with collecting pens {and, in which case, I could have been one also - because I rather like them, and paper, and pencils - pencils are particular, even more so than pens}.

    I'm home today - ALL ALONE, finally!! Have a lot to catch up on but, oh...I think of all people who might understand - you know how good this feels for me!! :)

    Happy, me.

    So, your kitty is adorably busy!! Fun, they are. I love my kitty-boy.

    I can't wait to dig back into my blog, but not quite yet. Have a few things to catch up on first.

    Love to you!!

  6. I couldn't imagine life without animals in it.
    Ivy is a real gem....obviously she has got round to running the establishment to her liking. The do that....they need telling but this advice is, I'm afraid, do as I say and not as I do.

  7. I can't believe I discovered a word before you did! :) Ivy certainly does the best to live up to her name... And I like Jo's new boots! (I presume they are hers, not yours...)

  8. You "kill" me with those step by step antics of Ivy! She really is living up to her name.
    BTW I love your cozy looking lounge.
    question- How many postcards must one have to qualify for the name deltiologist?
    And... who is lucky enough to be the owner of the gorgeous new boots?

    1. I was sure I'd replied to your cxomment but iff so it disappeared somewhere...
      The boots are Jo's.
      I'm not sure about the number of postacrds you need to become a collector. I reckon twenty is probasbly enough - it's the thought that counts, as they say.

  9. Partner-who-loves-tea has the new boots. Isn't she the lucky one!

  10. I started to comment,then it disappeared..hmmmm...anyway, I was saying..I was chuckling at your cute kitty's antics, admiring those cool boots because I need a pair and those would foot the bill, but not my feet, I'm sure! Then when I saw Prof. Rhodes from Ashland, Ohio..I stopped short..Hey, I live in Ashland, Ohio...dang it's a small world! Maybe I need to send you a postcard from here!


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