July 29th, 2014


Before I started my weary path of Higher Education, I used to spend every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month partaking in country dancing. Nothing professional - just me and a load of little old ladies twirling the night away. I came back for their annual summer party and boy am I exhausted. Not so much because of the little old ladies - because I am tall, I take the guy's role and the visiting younger dancers are quite boisterous.

I ache and I am really tired physically, but I am wide awake now. At least the weather has cooled down a lot now and we even had some rain today :-)

Mahoosive Moth

Known as the Atlas moth and currently the biggest moth in the world, this little beauty is about 10in (25cm) in wingspan and only live for about two weeks.  They do not have mouths, so there will be no giant holes in your sofa.  I can hear my sister screaming from here LOL :-)

Som Sabadell flashmob - BANCO SABADELL

From their website
On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell we wanted to pay homage to our city by means of the campaign "Som Sabadell" (We are Sabadell) . This is the flashmob that we arranged as a final culmination with the participation of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l'Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.

David Repaint


Why does the smell of masonry paint bring the insect kingdom out in droves??

I decided to get some paint for my decrepit garden statues; an eclectic bunch made up of two sphinxes, a hedgehog, and a pekinese - left over from my father's days of working at a place that produces concrete garden ornaments.  Piece de resistance is a bust of Michelangelo's David, which is over 40 years old and is pitted, giving him a mature outlook.  Alas, he will deteriorate if I hadn't give him a coat of Sandtex this year. Thus heralded the start of flitting wings and scurrying feet from my garden. I have spent the afternoon either ducking buzzy things or trying to rescue spiders and butterflies, lest they become coated in 'Frozen Lake' blue.

Edit::: I will have to add something to his colouring to tone him down a bit - instead of looking pale and mysterious, he looks a bit peaky, not to mention bright. And the reason why I have low-flying buzzy insects is that I have a newly-discovered wasps nest right where we were going to reinstall our fence that came down last year. As they are far away enough from the house and aren't currently a problem, we will leave them alone til autumn - when they should clear out of their own accord.