Monday, November 29, 2010

Let it Snow, let it...

Well It’s turned to Narnia out there. I saw tracks that could have been Mr Tumnus but I guess they must probably have been a deer.

It’s snowing quite heavily just now here.

JMB is off in NY She has been taking in Shows and generally having a good time.

We seem to have seen lots more snow over recent years than we had got used to. It seems to come earlier also.

I have lit a fire and it is quite snug and cosy to sit warmed by it watching the flames dance and then looking out at the snow falling. The cat is sitting so close to it I worry it will catch its fur on fire.

Everything seems muffled and quiet...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Saturday Photo Hunt ---- Juicy


I was looking for a completely different photo for this theme but couldn't find it in amongst the many. But I think this one might fill the bill. It is one of the most delicious lunch dishes I have ever had when dining out. Juicy and absolutely scrumptious. Monk McQueens if you are ever in Vancouver and it right by the water with a lovely view as well as serving delicious food.

Today is a travel day for me, flying off to New York for American Thanksgiving! I'll catch up with you over the weekend sometime.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Saturday Photo Hunt --- Itchy


You have to feel sorry for this poor heron as he balances precariously on the rock and takes care of the itch under his chin! Click to enlarge, sorry he's not absolutely in focus. Sigh.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Stag Party"

From our roving reporter, Miss Moggs Tigerpaw

Now I am not all "Beatrix Potter" and "Disney" over animals. I live in the country.

Sure, I do love cute kittens and puppies, but I don’t get all dewy eyed over a fox or imagine they are little furry people, maybe in waistcoats.

If we are to co-exist with animals then they sometimes need to be managed, even the wild, or feral ones and that includes deer. Too many deer are a nuisance.

Now I know when deer get old their teeth wear down, so eventually they can’t get proper nutrition and get ill and feeble. Slow unpleasant death. In a “natural” setting there would be predators who would hunt and eat them before they got too far down that road.

They have no natural predators in the UK any more, except for the odd escaped big cat, so humans need to manage them, and part of that is doing the job of a predator and culling the ones who’s lives are getting to the stage where they would be easy pickings.

So you see I am not too soppy over animals, or particularly anti-hunting.

Now there was a news story I heard lately that I was quite upset to hear.

There is or maybe was a deer sometimes known as the ‘Exmoor Emperor’
. Said to be the biggest stag on Exmoor, which is in the UK’s west country. Nine feet tall and 300 lb. A real “Monarch of the Glen” type awesome looking stag still in his mature prime.

The report was that he had been shot dead near the side of the road in the middle of the mating season. There was talk it was done “legally” by a wealthy foreign hunter who paid plenty to do it.

A red deer stag

Then there was spin about how one of the Stag's off-spring was maybe stepping into his place.. so that was alright then. Also there were talking heads saying how deer need to be culled when they got old.

Now there is deer management and legitimate culling, but we are talking about a creature in its prime here. It didn’t need to be culled, and taking such an obviously superior creature out of the gene pool during mating season can only harm the species and just stinks anyhow.

Then there was a suggestion that
.. The story seems to have faded pretty quickly. Did Bobby Ewing Dream it maybe?

So was it a real story, spun out of existence to cover for some powerful foreign prince or oligarch, or just some “urban” rumour that presses buttons and got out of hand and suited some pressure groups? Is this just me being all conspiracy theory paranoia-ish?

Whatever - it surely brings up the question of what exactly should our relationship with the world, the environment, and the creatures in it be. Yet again!

One way of looking at it can be found in the bible, in Genesis 1:26, where it says mankind is made in God’s image, and because of that has “dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth ~ and over, every, creeping, thing, that creeps on the earth.

Well what is this dominion thing? Really it is governing, controlling, having authority over, but how are we actually supposed to go about doing that?

Well in the best selling sequel to the Old Testament I think Jesus gives as good an example as any, in Matthew 25:14-30. The parable of the Talents.

You probably know it. It is about the man who gave his servants gold coins to look after for him. One servant got only one, the second was given two and the third five. The master went away for a long time.

The servant with one coin buried it to keep it safe. The other two used them to work and trade and invest, doubling the stakes they had been given.

When he got back the man was pleased with what the two servants had done, even tho one made much less, he started out with less too. He was so not pleased with the one who never tried.

The story doesn’t cover what would have happened if one of them had lost it all on the stock market ^_^ but I figure he would have been annoyed with that servant too, but maybe not as annoyed as he was with the one who just buried the coin.

Basically I think it tells us the things we are given “dominion” over ( by God or chance, depending on how you look at it) are not ours to just trash if we choose to, we get only to look after them for a while. We should keep them vital and manage them, so we are in a position to hand back (or hand on to our children, if you prefer) as more, and better, than we were ever given.

The thing about this way of seeing the world is I think it makes sense and works if you are religious or not. Not so much in the short sighted short term, but for sure in the long term, If you care about your children and your children’s children...

Remembrance Day 2010 - In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

John McCrae was a Canadian doctor who served in the First World War and in honour of his friend he wrote this very famous poem, In Flanders Field, which is commonly used on this day, November 11th, when we remember those who have died while fighting for their country. Click on the link to read it in full.

Last week, many people posted Peace Globes, as did I. Maybe, one day, there will be no more wars. Even then we must never forget those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Lest we forget

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dona Nobis Pacem

This is my fourth year of participation in Mimi's Blogblast for Peace. Again I have chosen a new quote for the globe and how simple that concept is. Respect for the rights of others! Why is it so hard to put into practice?

Again, I choose to reproduce for the body of the post, John Lennon's very moving vision of what the world could be like, should be like - his dream for all of us. May the day when the world will be as one come in my lifetime. Peace be with you.

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

John Lennon, 1971

Mimi's Blogblast for Peace Official Website

Peace Globe Gallery

*Benito Juarez (1806-72) was an illiterate until the age of 12, but went on to study law and became Mexico's first indigenous native president, serving 5 terms of office in all.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Catching the Wave

From the pen of our roving reporter, Moggs Tigerpaw

I read something interesting today. A Boston Consultancy are saying that the "The internet is pervasive in the UK economy today, more so than in most advanced countries,". And this is above the US, Germany and France.

I had not thought about it really.. not till I read that.

Now as an Avatar I am of course entirely a creature of virtuality and the internet ^_^ I owe my existence to it. I don’t get to spend as much time in Second Life as I would like of course, there is Real Life too.

So.. thinking about RL and the internet.. just personally mind you.

Well I spend easily as much time on the internet as I do watching TV, probably more. For entertainment and work.

My grocery shopping is practically all bought over the net and delivered to my door these days. It saves so much bother time and expense, especially round the holidays. I have a choice of at least 4 providers.

Speaking of holidays, lots of my Christmas presents are bought over the net, more and more each year. Also big purchases. I “Research” exactly what I want and you can get really keen prices, usually better than the stores.
Also Vacations we look for them on the net.

Music. If I buy a physical CD it is often ordered from Amazon. Mostly I just download from the Apple store to my i-touch.

I basically just don’t send snail mail any more. I do write regularly to friends and relatives... but they are emails. Some work colleagues I have never actually met, tho we interact regularly, some friends I have only ever met virtually. JMB for instance. We are separated by oceans yet still we are friends thanks to the net.

I sometimes use voip to Skype friends and relatives for free, well free once you allow for having paid for an internet connection and a computer.

I expect if I thought about it I could add more things. I don’t know if I am unusual, it all crept up on me over time. Is the UK more “plugged in” than the French? The US? I don’t know. I do know I would fight tooth and nail to keep my online grocery shopping and deliveries ^_^.

I still mostly buy books physically, myself tho. I love the feel, the smell of bookshops, the restful way sound gets soaked up and the world is held at bay. The feel, the sensation, of a book in my hands... and when you open it the smell of new print that blooms as you do mmmmmmmmm.....