Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Non-Helpful Directions from Google Maps

Check out #35 from the directions Google gave me...

Better put my floaties on.

must agree

Happy Slip

Monday, May 28, 2007

power and grace

Beautiful, but I would rather see him living in the wild.
Daily Mail

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Hope's Story

Hope from Donkey Sanctuary Europe

"In November 2002, we heard about a donkey in Greece who had been attacked by louts and had both of her ears hacked off and her back savagely mauled with a shovel."

"The people who rescued Hope and her friend could not look after them and wanted to know if we could take them into our care. We would not normally be able to travel so far to rescue a donkey but in this case we did manage to rescue both donkeys along with four others .

It was a very emotional moment for Paul Svendsen who had first seen her in Greece, to finally see her come down the ramp of the lorry to her new safe home with us."

So, the next time you are looking for a great gift idea for a child's birthday or Christmas gift, why not consider adopting a donkey from your local donkey sanctuary? Please consider it. This is especially great if the child can visit "their" donkey on occasion. Everybody wins.

these are a few of my favorite things

I grew up with ponies and even a little donkey. I love all little farm animals; ponies, llamas, goats, chickens, etc. Anything but cows (long story).

I especially love donkeys. Donkeys are the sweetest, most gentle creatures.
Some of these photos were taken from Raining Sideways

Sadly, donkeys are also some of the world's most abused. My heart goes out to these little guys. They really are fantastic, wonderfully sweet animals. Unfortunately, when I did a search for donkey on video, I could only find footage of two donkeys being released into a lion's den at an Iraqui zoo. I didn't watch but am sickened at what constitues sport and entertainment in this world.

I hope to visit the Donkey Sanctuary in the UK next time I am there. Not exactly the first tourist destination that pops into most people's minds...

Near our house, there is a field near the road which is chock-a-block with miniature ponies and foals, pygmy goats and llamas. I can't handle it. It's like heaven in that little field. I almost drive off the road craning to see them. Crazy, eh? Their minitature pony mare just had a foal.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Porte Rouge

I love a red door.

in Scotland when you pay the mortgage of your home, you are entitled and expected to paint your door red.

Friday, May 18, 2007

World Obesity Map

Where does your country fall on the World Obesity Map?

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Slimy Real Estate Agents

If you've ever bought a house, you must see this website. It features Ted, the unscrupulous real estate agent. Hilarious.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

equal opportunities: bad driving

Ladies First...
Now, Gentlemen,

How do I say this nicely?

I do not enjoy musicals. At all. Why do people go to them? I don't understand.

Here is John Travolta looking like a fool in a film which is based on the Broadway musical, Hairspray. I'm sorry, I just don't understand the allure of musicals. I don't get it. I especially hate the music. Please, somebody explain the appeal of musicals to me...

Saturday, May 12, 2007

One More Reason Not to Exercise.

Friday, May 11, 2007

I am a Lasagna Garden Type Gal.

After four summers of backbreaking work digging beds, and having nowhere to put the sod, I am very intrigued to read that you can make new beds through a process known as Lasagna gardening. With no digging, no tilling and no sod removal. Why didn't I think of this earlier?

Lasagna Gardening 101:

1. Don't remove the sod or do any extra work, like removing weeds or rocks.

2. Mark the area for your garden using a water hose or a long rope to get the desired shape.

3. Cover the area you've marked with wet newspapers, overlapping the edges (5 or more sheets per layer).

4. Cover the paper with one to two inches of peat moss or other organic material.

5. Layer several inches of organic material on top of the peat moss.

6. Continue to alternate layers of peat moss and organic material, until desired thickness is reached.

7. Water until the garden is the consistency of a damp sponge.

8. Plant, plant, plant and mulch, mulch, mulch.

As the layers break down, the earthworms will be eating the sod and breaking up the newspapers, mixing the layers together for you. The final result is an organic, self-tilled soil that's rich and free of disease and weed seeds. It's so simple.

(It is recommended you use a material other than peat moss due to environmental concerns, but you get the picture.)

No tilling, no weeding, no back breaking sod removal. I know this probably horrifies traditional gardeners, but I am all about enjoying the garden. I am already a bit of a mulch addict, so I look forward to trying the lasagna gardening method.

Lasagna Gardening Book

Miss Cricket has been tagged

Cricket has been tagged by the lovely Pearl of Feline Fine. We love Pearl because she was an American kitty who is now living in England, a scenario that Cricket may find herself in one day.

9 Cricket Facts (for 9 lives)

1. I am Cricket of Cricket Crescent. I had my name before I moved here, thank you! I am named this becaue when I speak to people, I do so in cricket-like chirps.

2. I am nine years old and I weigh the same.

3. When I was a kitten and they were passing out the fur, there was not enough left in one solid colour, so I got the scraps. I am black, grey, orange and brown as a result. On the other hand, if you tried to replicate my colour pattern through careful breeding, you would never succeed! My colour is a genetic mutation, thus making me beautiful and unique! So there!

4. I always enter the front door before anybody else. This proves that despite my diminutive size, I am the pack leader!

5. I am not nocturnal! I am always in bed by 10 p.m. and sleep straight through the night Please do not disturb me before 8 a.m.

6. I tolerate other cats in the neighborhood but am not opposed giving them a good box around the ears if need be. Especially the MackelCats next door, who are most uncouth and believe that my front porch is part of their territory.

I have included a picture of a brazen MackelCat (of which there are three) taking a bath on my front lawn. The nerve! Some mothers do have them...

7. I love stinky goodness for all my meals and now refuse to eat dry kibble. Why should I eat it when they so easily cave in to my vocal requests?

8. I was adopted seven years ago from the Humane Society and had been there for three months.

9. One of my ears is torn in a manner that exactly duplicates the distance between a cat's canine teeth. I don't like to discuss my torn ear, it happened when I was very young and lived in a rough neighborhood.

So long for now, must run, my late morning nap is overdue.

Monday, May 07, 2007

One does NOT wink at the Queen

Here's George winking at the Queen after announcing that she "last toured the United States in 1776." Math is not George's strong suit.

Let Food be Your Medicine, Medicine Be Your Food

10 Reasons to Choose Food as Medicine from "Health Blog."

Two of my favorites:

Synergy and complexity
Food is complex and so are you. The two have been working together for millions of years. Science and its main contributor--the drug industry like to identify one element, find out what it does, isolate it and put it in a pill. Nature doesn’t work like that and neither do you.

To keep the status quo
Your internal status quo is maintained by a whole host of delicate interacting mechanisms. It’s biological poetry. The complex metabolic pathways of your body need raw materials... high quality nutrients in sufficient quantities. Your job is to provide those raw materials. If not, expect a breakdown sometime soon.


Evolutionary Eating

What if humans cast aside processed foods and saturated fats in favour of the sort of diet our ape-like ancestors once ate? Nine volunteers gave it a go... and were glad they did so. Interesting experiment covered by BBC...