On our way down through Scotland this year we
called at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Centre on the Moray Firth and adopted
a bottlenose dolphin called Kesslet.
“Kesslet was born in
1994, daughter of the late Kess (who sadly died in 1998) and little sister of
“Friths Bro”. Kesslet was left motherless at the young age of 4, resulting in a
bit of a tough upbringing – having to fend for herself at such a young age. And
grow up she did, and what a fantastic dolphin! Ultra fast, incredible
manoeuvrability and clever hunting tactics have made her into a formidable
predator – she never, ever, misses a fish. After leading the carefree, somewhat
precocious life of a single girl for ages she eventually gave birth to her
first calf in September 2007." (Charlie Philips)
In the latest newsletter from Whale and Dolphin Conservation,
Kesslet – a popular recipient of sponsorship – gets a mention.
This brilliant photo of Kesslet by Charlie Phillips is just
one of many on the WDC website and I am most grateful for their kind permission to
use it on my blog.
If you want to sponsor a whale or dolphin or even make a
small donation please contact
lengthiest opera in the standard repertoire is Wagner’s ‘Die Meistersinger von
Nurnberg’ (1868) which runs for 5 hours and 15 minutes. I am not a great Wagner fan though I like some
of the extracts from his operas such as ‘The Ride of the Valkyries’. However, I am not sure I would go as far as John
Ruskin did after hearing ‘Die Meistersinger’.
Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era and also
an art patron, draughtsman, water-colourist, a prominent social thinker and
philanthropist. In a letter in 1882 he
"Of all the
affected, sapless, soulless, beginningless, endless, topless, bottomless,
topsy-turviest, scrabble-pipiest-tongs-and-boniest doggerel of sounds I ever
endured the deadliness of, that eternity of nothing was the deadliest – as far
as the sound went."
Recently the humans bought a new cat basket to
add to the three the cats already have.
They do that, humans. They treat cats
to new things – just on a whim. Annabel
promptly commandeered it. Oh look, if I stretch out I can nearly reach
from one corner to another.
For days on end every attempt by Mac to evict
her was repulsed by a few sharp claws and a hiss.
This, notwithstanding Mac being a Superheavyweight and Annabel a mere Pinweight.Eventually Mac asserted his rights and while
she was out of the room he investigated it.
She came back in but hadn’t the gall to just dive straight into it while he
was sniffing that new (well almost) bedding smell.
Just my size, decided Mac.
But if I lie up here I can pounce when you
move, thought Annabel.
After half an hour he still hadn’t moved.
So she had to settle for creeping in with him
and sharing. Hopefully that is the way
it will continue.
Partner-who-loves-tea and I often visit Gordale Nursery near Chester to pick up odd plants, garden supplies and so on. Quite often we are fortunate enough to come across a display of some sort. A couple of weekends ago it was the local Bonsai association putting on a display of their work.
I didn't have my camera with me. ("Shame, Shame!!" I hear you cry). But I did have my phone and nowadays all phones seem to have cameras in them - 0r so I am told. Having spent ten minutes playing with my phone I eventually got some sort of picture on its screen and by hitting bits of it I managed to hear a satisfying click noise which suggested the sound of a 1960s shutter.
After three of those, I contented myself with simply examining the specimens. They were most impressive and these photos by no means do them justice.
If you want to learn more about growing trees in containers the Goddess Wiki has her usual comprehensive article.
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