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Aug. 6th, 2010 06:38 pm
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Butterflies like oregano, flowering that is. It grows pretty much everywhere in my parents' garden and walking past clumps of it stirs up scores of butterflies. Bumblebees like it too, crawling around the purple flowers en masee. It smells good to humans too, sort of like cardamom-laced coffee.

I've just spent some time outside looking at the incredible aerial stunts of swallows. I tried to chase them with binoculars but whoosh! and their gone, in some completely random direction. Chirp, they say now and then.

Other birds say chirp too, when they spy a cat.

But they won't eat slugs. No one eat slugs, it seems, not even all the toads that crawl about the garden. One of them has made a sort of nest under some planks -- Toad Hall! I bought a small granite toad at a local stoneware store; it sits under some tall decorative grasses.

There are more things the birds don't like, other than cats, for instance buzzards ("ormvråk"). There are several near here, who come gliding forth now and then. All the other birds get highly agitated and attack them. One buzzard came sailing by a couple of times when we had lunch outside. One day it made a very low fly-past and made a soft cry as it looked down at us, before thermalling off. Thrilling!

No need to mention all the berries. After yesterday's blueberries, I today spent a couple of hours picking large amounts of raspberries from a small patch of the acres of raspberries now growing in a clear-cut area, where there formerly grew quite a lot of cantarelles. Of those I've only found one mycelium, that produced large amounts some 15yr ago -- and again this summer! And I mean _large_ amounts. Yumm.

Finally, the sky is blue with ribbons of cirrus and tufts of cumulus, hardly a contrail, not even the roar and buzz of cars and jet-skis. It's late afternoon and the the slightly slantwise rays of the sun highlights the atmosphere, showing us how thin and amazing it is. For once, the sky doesn't look like something on normal old Earth, but like a _planet_, that is, some other planet that isn't home. Like an artist's rendering of a scene from an alien planet's surface, like something from "Farscape".
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So that was "The End of Time Part One". It will be interesting to see the end of the "End", ha ha. Can't say I was too surprised by the surprise twist at the end. Good old Bernard Cribbins, though!

Funny that. I saw "The Voyage of the Damned" on Christmas Eve, because that's what was on on BBC Entertainment. So I've got two Xmas Specials this year. Also "Shrek III" last night -- those movies are really funny! But I don't see how they can sell them as childrens' movies, all the jokes are way way beyond kids (except the sight gags).

Our cat looks a lot like Puss-in-boots, especially when he smells food. Like right now, there's salmon brewing for him. Oh the big green eyes he makes!

Here are some snowy pics, including stalkery-cat.

xmas

Dec. 26th, 2009 04:24 pm
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We've been quite British this year, doing Chistmas on the 25th rather than the normal Swedish 24th. In keeping with the book I got: "Döda vita män" (Dead White Men) about excentric Brits enlivening the 20th century. Also the "Dr Who" Christmas special which I'm about to watch, ooh. Charlie Stross almost spoiled me but I managed to skip past that part of his lj. Phew.

For once it's a white Christmas here, and the cat is enjoying it hugely. Well, not when he's out on his own but when humans come along to watch him cavort, and throw snow at him. He looks like a little lynx.

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