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Crunchy on the outside

Published November 1, 2010

Crunchy on the outside

This past weekend, I went for a little trip to Longleat with my very good friend. I was driving through the safari park, which means it’s a little bit tricky to take pictures and steer at the same time, but I did get a couple of good shots. I did enjoy the house, despite my normal dislike of anywhere you are not allowed to take pictures. There is so much artwork on the walls, big curtains, enormous rugs, and lots to look at.

What's that coming over the hill?

Published March 6, 2010

What's that coming over the hill?

The very excellent, lovely, talented and creative Kat Hall made me a monster! After spotting Giles the monster on Kat’s blog, I half-commissioned, half-begged for a monster of my very own. At Christmas I became the proud owner of the above monster, now christened Benjamin. Ben wears a tie as he works in the city and he carries a briefcase, although he’s usually lost it somewhere. He’s very smart, and I love that you can never quite tell if he’s smiling or not.

I'll have a P please, Bob

Published November 25, 2009

I'll have a P please, Bob

You’re all very well aware that I am marginally obsessed with pandas, but it’s become increasingly obvious recently that I am also fond of a few other animals… and they all begin with P! I don’t know why it is, but animals that begin with that letter seem to have more of a chance of getting my adoration. There are exceptions to the rule, of course, as I like cows and I quite like hippos.

Better than chocolate

Published October 22, 2009

Better than chocolate

Our stationery suppliers often send free gifts as a thank you for our custom, and presumably an incentive to stay. Most of the time this is boxes of chocolates, or fancy biscuits. As it turns out, our stationery orderer (that’s not a word, is it?), went off the idea of eating them all, and has been hoarding them up for a special tombola day. That was yesterday. Initially, I had myself a box of chocolates, but after some rather furious swapping - seriously it was like bartering at a marketplace - I have wound up with a cuddly Christmas polar bear.

All I ended up with was a hat

Published September 3, 2009

All I ended up with was a hat

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of baby animals that are cute. I’m quite specific when it comes to which ones I like, but either way, it doesn’t seem like a sensible idea to take me to a country farm show. Where there are cute baby animals. For sale. No, I didn’t get one. Sadly I didn’t have £75 on my person, but if I did… well, we could be having a very different conversation right now.

Animal magic

Published August 4, 2009

Animal magic

Here are some more of my favourite photos from our visit to the West Midlands Safari Park: As I alluded to in the previous post, the lions were quite popular, and the traffic backed up as we got towards the corner of the park where they were all resting. Considering how long it took to get near them, it’s only fair to come away with a great picture like that.

Walk with the animals (well, drive actually)

Published August 3, 2009

Walk with the animals (well, drive actually)

This past weekend, we visited the West Midland Safari Park. It hadn’t actually been part of the plan, but sometimes visiting animals you wouldn’t normally see is the only way to brighten up your day. There were the usual deer type animals, some buffalo, and plenty of zebras and things. It was the rhinos and elephants that we enjoyed seeing though. It was interesting that as we were going round, the cars piled up when we got to the lions.