I decided to take down the previous post and write a marginally more interesting update. It’s been a slightly weird time, with very mild weather that’s encouraged one of my roses, some pansies, fuchsias, hellebores and marigolds to bloom bravely if unseasonably; it’s not just me who’s a bit bewildered at the moment. Then, suddenly, last weekend the cold swept up and I realised it was nearly the end of November and where had the time gone?
Fluffy and Night Fluffy are now small hens. They grew really fast! After a short period of fluffiness, they spent weeks in motley as the fluff was replaced by feathers. Night Fluffy’s feathers are very beautiful and iridescent. We still don’t know whether they are boys or girls, but we think they are girls. Interestingly, Daisy, their foster mother, who used to regard herself as equal to our other hen, Flower (I don’t do the naming here), has become very bossy and dominant. She isn’t always very nice to Flower. Flower seems to cope though.
The green-eyed monster prowls our house. In the Pre-Kitten Era, Mister Puss treated me with disdain and during the summer would never spend much time with us anyway. Now, a combination of cold weather and the loss of Sooticus has encouraged him to hang out in the homestead a bit more.
He never cared to do so before, but now squeaks with rage if he sees her there and has pointedly started claiming it for himself when he can. Now whenever I sit down it seems one of them will leap onto my knee and then give Hard Stares of a Triumphal Nature to the other.
I’ve been starting lots of books and not finishing them. This is unusual for me. Is the weather unsettling me, or can I just not find the right book? Is anyone else feeling like this?I had hoped to write a post about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland this month, as it’s the 150th centenary of its first publication, and I rashly lashed out and bought a copy of the annotated centenary edition, and it is HUGE, I can’t take it on the bus and even reading it in bed or on the sofa is vaguely offputting. And I keep getting distracted by all the notes. So that post may not happen...