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I liked Black Beauty when I read it, which was ... I dunnoh 10 or 12. I don't think I could manage to read it now.
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Galahad ... he is so snarky. VERY catlike
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For some reason I'm reminded now of Dresden (Jim Butcher's consulting wizard) and his huge, fierce Tibetan Temple dog ... Mouse.
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My sister always had cats. Her husband was a long-haul trucker and he'd be approached by strays at truck stops and delivery depots. Somehow, no matter how dilapidated they were, they always trusted him and my sister always took 'em in and managed to heal their hurt bodies and searching souls.
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Animals do all sorts of useful things in fiction. I feel like most books should have a few.
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I am wowed by how many there are ... (Interestingly, we never learn the name of the Velveteen Rabbit. The Fictional Character Protection League should get after them for erasing its rabbithood._
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There is something about dog books. They keep being "Oh dear, the dog has died" books. I suppose this is supposed to teach kids about Real Life, since kids live in an enclosed bubble of Happy Times and know nothing about Bad Stuff and they must be told. I prefer the Velveteen Rabbit meself.
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I had a cat when I was in Germany. We'd moved there from desert country. The cat went out into the garden the first day and spotted a squirrel, Never seen one, of course. She took off after it. The squirrel stood her ground. Raised her head. And ... chittered. The cat skidded to a stop and slooowly backed away.
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That is so funny. The butcher's boy ...
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I'm going to have to admit I haven't yet read Cannery Row. I will move it to the top of the list if it has such a splendid dog in it.
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I've always loved animals and, as a child, devoured books about them. Finn the Wolfhound, Wild Brother, Black Beauty, The Silver Brumby series, Kiki the parrot in Enid Blyton's "Mystery" series, Timmy the dog in the Famous Five books who went everywhere with them, and many others. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Beautiful photos. Just lovely. They make me think of Classically-inspired Georgian paintings.
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A lot of those we'd call gourds or squashes in the US. (One looks like a delicata squuash. Quite my favorite.
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I love the sound of walking in the woods. So many nuts cracking underfoot. We have acorns, of course. That's most of it. But so many hickory nuts and walnuts.
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In America we think of ourselves as welcoming and being enriched by all cultures. All fruits and veggies, too, I think. When I'm feeling adventurous I pick out something slightly scary in the supermarket and take it home. I get some wins and some looses (and some are doubtless rained out.) Next up on my list will be those yellow star-fruits. Sometime soon.
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I've never had green mango, though I suppose it would be perfectly easy to do so. We have mango in most markets. So many choices these days.
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I've only ever had canned lychees. I was not over-impressed. I will remind myself to seek out some fresh ones. I hear such fine things of them.
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In American Duchess? Cool. Muscadines have always struck me as quite beautiful to look upon, subtly colored and splendidly spherical. I'd like to put stuff like that in a fruit bowl and set it on the counter, but end up keeping them in the refridge.
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I remember eating pomegranates as a child. They struck me an an overly elaborate sort of fruit and a great deal of work to get not so very much result. I've started seeing them in the supermarket again lately. Are they making a comeback?
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I was flabberghasted to find out about the Tudor rubbish tip. How very much we don't know about history.
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Now I'm all anxious to try a red dragon fruit. I'll keep an eye out for it. The rose apple sounds most intriguing.
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It's not impossible, I suppose. Quick research says cranberries were shipped to Europe in the 1820s. So maybe some of them they made it to England. They talk a bit about them here. http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/holiday06/cran.cfm Interesting stuff.
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“What did my Georgian and Regency heroine encounter as new and exciting fruit as she went about her adventures?” Kiwis and avocados hadn’t arrived in her world. Apples and apricots and even dates were known from Roman times and before. I thought of two possibles. Bananas. (Did you know bananas are technically a berry. That’s the kind of little fact that’s likely to get you excluded from the company of all right-minded people if you go about pointing it out.) Bananas spread from southeast Asia to the Middle East and Africa and around the warmer lands of the Mediterranean, making everybody happy as they went. The first written note of their arrived in England was a recorded sale in 1633. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Those are just lovely outfits. *sigh* Not practical for the way I live and I'm never going to go anywhere I could wear such things ... but they are most beautiful The fabric alone must be a pleasure to handle.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2017 on The Dior Exhibition at Word Wenches
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I'm going to agree that an epipen might be a good precaution if somebody's had a bad reaction in the past. One of those times to visit a doctor ... and I don't send folks in such direction often. My mom was another of the baking soda people. In fact, she used a paste of baking soda for all kinds of bites. Sunburn too. I don't know if it did any good, but it was nice and cool and soothing.
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2017 on If I be waspish at Word Wenches
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