“Should we go shopping?”
So many webpages that one visits nowadays have advertising. Usually I don’t even notice them – I have an advert-filter in my brain that lets me enjoy the webpage without the annoyance of adverts. But this one got through the filter and caught my eye.
If I had £250,000 to invest I wouldn’t have any worries about my finances during my retirement!!!
I love pictures of women reading. This is The Artist’s Wife Reading by Paul-Albert Bartholomé (né 1848 et mort en 1928).
Did you know you can tell if a pineapple is ripe by pulling the middle green leaf. If it comes out the pineapple is ready to eat.
I mentioned strange museums recently. I came across another when reading about Alaska. “If I had a hammer…” Some people would finish this song lyric with “I’d hammer in the morning.” Dave Pahl went one better and created a museum for his hammer (and its 8,700 hammer friends) in Haines, Alaska. You will find over 1500 hammers on display, ranging from ancient times to the present and, if you happen to be passing Haines, admission is $3 with children under 12 free. It seems his wife would only let him keep 100 hammers at home. Some people…
A page of the wind
‘Lepidoptera Symbols Relating to Wings and The Body’ by Ronald A. Gagliardi, a thesis on butterfly and moths in western art and design, includes a reference to these lines….
A page of the wind in the book of the sky,
The fragile butterfly
I don’t know where the lines are from but I think it’s a beautiful way of describing them.
Roll on spring when the butterflies will be back.
‘Murder in the Library’
If you find yourself in central London with a spare half-hour, the British Library’s new ‘Murder in the Library’ exhibition is perfect for a bite-sized slice of culture.
Among the exhibits are one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s early manuscripts of Sherlock Holmes, as well as a rather unsettling copy of one of Dennis Wheatley’s 1930s murder mystery ‘dossiers’, complete with cigarette butts and human hair sellotaped inside, so that the reader could try solve the crime his- or herself. Also there is the first appearance of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple in print in the Royal magazine, and John Gielgud’s annotated script for the film of Murder on the Orient Express.
But in some cases the exhibition is a little too forensic – endings are given away, particularly in one of the most enjoyable ‘true crime’ books of the past few years: the Road Hill House murder written about in Kate Summerscale’s ‘The Suspicions of Mr Whicher’, believed to be the inspiration for a generation of crime writers with its ‘whodunnit’ premise that involved a middle-class family, a dead body and an entirely locked house. I’m in the middle of reading that. ‘Murder in the Library’ is free and open until 12 May at the British Library.
Our first Snowdrop
Our first Snowdrop opened its little white head yesterday, 1st February. Since I can't resist photographing them, stand by for lots of photos in the near future.
Poor Little Bunny
I was called ‘poor little bunny’ by a bloggiepal when she learned I’d hurt my hand. There is actually a character called Poor Little Bunny and if I’m half as cute I’m more than happy…
“What do you mean ‘Get down from the table?’
There’s a mouse up here so why shouldn’t I be?”