n bun1
Morning! A bit of a surprise for you today. It’s Easter so I gave the Orangutans the day off. I think they are rolling their eggs.
n mt fuji
Mt Fugi. Wanna roll your egg down there?
n porcupinequills
I got Rose Hips instead of Easter Eggs…much better for me.
n sb dog
Belt up, little one. Off to roll your egg.
n wisteria
Wisteria at my friend’s house. How does she manage to make it grow?
n bun4
You gonna share that?
n south georgia
Munguin’s family in South Georgia.
n cat
I spy with my cat’s eye something beginning with E!
n snaefellsness
Snaefellsness, Iceland.
n bun2
Are we quorate for the Bunny Council meeting?
n baby-orang-utan-poses
I thought I’d better look in to keep an eye on these bunnies!
n bun3
What a cosy looking home…
n japan
They do posh garden sheds in Japan.
n wren
Even little wrens get sleeping sometimes…
n moo
Your not rolling eggs down my hill, or you’ll have these horns to deal with!
n bun1
I like doing this Soppy Sunday job. Does Munguin pay well?
n switzerland
Do you think the Swiss roads designer had had one or two too many glasses of the infamous Swiss whisky?
n sea turtle
Sea Turtle on her journey to the sea.
n o3
I’m not sure these bunnies are doing a good job, Uncle Tris.
n stockholm
n bun6
You thought it was all over… but we have a surprise for you…


55 thoughts on “SOPPY EASTER SUNDAY”

    1. These bloated capitalists let you have Saturday evening off, Terry? 🙂

      I’m glad you liked the rabbits… It’s not any nicer here. There were a few days of sunshine when Munguin got me out into the garden when I wasn’t working… The clocks changed and we had an extra hour in the evening. But today it was wet and cold and November kinda miserable.


    1. We’re used to them here too. Herring Gulls mainly.

      Mate and I were sitting at a table in the City Square with a take away Subway, and the bloke at the next table had a McDonald’s.

      A Herring Gull swept down and took his McD’s out of his hand and flew away with it.

      He was cross…

      Fortunately, they seem to be less keen on Subways.

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      1. Tris……Amazing story about the McD burger-stealing gull. And a strong argument for Subways. Gulls don’t seem to be an endangered species, and you might think that there are no public monuments to gulls. You would be wrong.

        Reputedly the only monument to a seagull in the world is located on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. AND for that matter, you might think that the California Gull would not be the state bird of Utah. You would be wrong about that too.

        The “Miracle of the Gulls” occurred in 1848, as the Mormon pioneers….having arrived and grown a meager first harvest in 1847……were eagerly awaiting their first good harvest in the Salt Lake Valley. Well along came a plague of Biblical proportions…….ravenous swarms of bugs now called “Mormon Crickets”…….which were devastating the crop. Well as they story goes, along came flocks of California Gulls from the far Pacific and ate the crickets and the crop was saved.

        Turns out that these birds live around the Great Salt Lake, and their appearance in the valley was not really all that miraculous. But the hungry Mormon farmers in that desolate place in 1848 took their miracles where they found them, and in time, they erected a monument to the gulls and declared the California Gull to be the state bird of Utah.

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        1. Danny, strangely enough, as a kid (many years ago) I read that story in a schoolbook over here in Scotland. I didn’t know, however, that a monument had been erected to the “miraculous” gulls. Judging by how white the nearby church roof, pinnacles and window sills are, there are still plenty of gulls around 🙂

          By the way, do you think that’s what the Beach Boys meant when they sang, “I wish they all could be California gulls”?

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          1. Andi…..LOL, that would be one explanation for the white roof and spires, but it would be very un-Mormon like for the famously neat, clean, and industrious people. I’m sure you must be correct about the origin of the Beach Boys song. 😉

            That building is the Assembly Hall, and is used for various public functions of the church. It is made of rough hewn stone which was considered not perfect enough for the great Temple. The Mormon Tabernacle with its distinctive dome is another large meeting venue, and the home of the famous choir. The Assembly Hall is at the left corner of the square in this old picture, which also shows the Temple and the dome of the Tabernacle. The seagull monument is behind the trees and cannot be seen in this picture.

            Allow me a story……..somewhat pertinent to Scotland and England.

            As soon as the Mormon settlement was established in the Salt Lake Valley, the Latter-day Saints began a world-wide program of proselytizing. Another monument on Temple Square is a tribute to Mormon converts from England, Scotland, Wales, and parts of Europe, some of whom, lacking funds for ox or horse teams, made the trip to Utah walking from the Midwest (where the railroad ended,) using handcarts to carry their possessions. A great tragedy occurred in 1856 when two handcart companies who had departed late from England and were late in the season leaving Missouri and Iowa, were caught in the Wyoming winter. There were rescue efforts, but 210 of the 980 people in these two companies died on the trail in the bitter winter.

            Wiki: “Although fewer than 10 percent of the 1846–68 Latter-day Saint emigrants made the journey west using handcarts, the handcart pioneers have become an important symbol in LDS culture, representing the faithfulness and sacrifice of the pioneer generation. They continue to be recognized and honored in events such as Pioneer Day, Church pageants, and similar commemorations.”

            The monument on the Square:

            Salt Lake City is a major western airline hub, and when taking off, the planes often fly along the face of the Wasatch Range of the Rockies. On a flight, I always think of the Mormon pioneers and the handcart companies who struggled through those rugged mountains into the Salt Lake Valley. A flight east almost always takes you along the face of the Wasatch and then out over the Great Salt Lake. Love it!


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  1. Beautiful pictures! The winding Swiss highway is striking. And Mount Fuji. The Easter bunnies were cute, as was the live action video of the Orangutan Easter Egg Hunt. Always enjoy seeing a Heilan’ Coo and pondering how they manage to see anything. Hope Munguin enjoyed the visit with his family. 😉

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  2. To paraphrase Harry Enfield – loadsabunnies! Really cute the two “sharing”. Though I have to tell the other bunny that not only does Munguin not pay well, he doesn’t pay at all! However his slave Tris might sneak you a carrot or an orangutan picture as a treat.

    Beautiful Japanes house – I like thier stuff!And an absolute treat to have live action ainmals too – of course the orangs were the stars. No we were shout the chimps!


    1. Munguin takes exception to you accusations of non payment and insists that the Finn in in the post.

      Can he help it if the Royal Mail was privatised?

      I thought you’d enjoy the Easter Egg hunt. That hat was something else!!


  3. Tris, that porcupine in pic 3 doesn’t look too pleased. Mind you, it’s probably annoyed because it washed its hair and can’t do a thing with it. I once, years ago, saw a tiny baby porcupine and its mother in Chester Zoo. The wee one was really cute but I wouldn’t want to get anywhere near an adult porcupine. Here’s a link which shows just what one can do to a curious pup – the pup was OK eventually after treatment – but the pics are not for the squeamish. Where porcupines are concerned, maybe they should be in Stroppy Sunday!

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    1. Oh I know, Andi. A lot of the animals on SS look really cute and you just want to give them a cuddle… but in so many cases it would be seriously inadvisable!

      Not sure I can look at the pictures…


  4. The Japanese building is beautiful and the setting amazing. The combination of human artristry and natural beauty are truly wonderful. A wee bit of investigating reveals that it’s Kumano Nachi Taisha, a World Heritage site – and no wonder! I notice that in the pic the cherry trees are in bloom. American friends of mine are visiting Japan at present and I see from news reports that the sakura is flowering early this year, so they should see one of the most amazing spectacles in Japan. Oh well, we’ve had the snowdrops and crocuses this year and lots of daffodils are out now too. Personally, my favourite is when the hedgerows are white with mayflower – hope we have a great show this year.

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    The bit about Irish pubs being open for business on Good Friday was news in the states where about 33 million people claim Irish ancestry. (Many times the population of Ireland of course.) But I can’t find out anything about alcohol sales on Easter itself. Anyone know if alcohol is available this Easter in Ireland? Doesn’t seem it would make sense to have banned alcohol on Good Friday but not on Easter. But none of the news reports are mentioning Easter one way or the other……even though they say that Christmas is still off limits to alcohol in Ireland. Very confusing!

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    1. I think, Danny, that Good Friday is the particularly religious day., commemorating the death of Jesus Christ.

      I honestly don;t know what happens on Easter Sunday. I can testify that having drunk Guinness in Ireland on a Sunday, the pubs are normally open.

      It’s amazing, though, how people manage to take a religious festival and get themselves rat arsed.

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      1. Tris, Good Friday was for Catholics a day of fast and abstinence on which the eating of “flesh meat” was forbidden (fish was OK). Only one full meal was to be eaten and a couple of “cold collations”. Complete abstinence from alcohol was also de rigeur. Many Catholics abstained from alcohol for the whole of Holy Week and some even gave it up for the whole 6 weeks of Lent as a “sacrifice”. In my home town, until I was in my teens, one of the publicans, a Catholic, didn’t open either of his two pubs on Good Friday. Easter Sunday is supposed to be joyous occasion, the day of Christ’s resurrection, so there would be no restriction on the consumption of alcohol. Of course, in dour Presbyterian Scotland when I was younger no pubs opened on any Sunday, although you could get a drink in hotel bars which were allowed to serve alcohol on Sundays to “bona fide” travellers. I’m personally not a God-botherer and I believe that you should be allowed to believe in anything you like as long as you don’t force your “beliefs” on anyone else or insist that others should live their lives based on your beliefs. I’ve always found it annoying, but sometimes also hilarious, the way some people tell us we should “keep the Lord’s Day holy” by not opening shops or pubs, by trying to stop ferries sailing, by chaining up the weans’ swings, etc., etc. And don’t get me started on the evangelicals, born-agains, assorted happy-clappers and the real bigots and extremist nutters of all “faiths”. Happy Easter to all!

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        1. I’m with you on the freedom to believe what you believe, as long as you don’t try to make me believe it.

          I get annoyed when I hear that Britain is a Christian country. How can a country be Christian? Countries don’t believe things. That’s something only people can do.

          The people were forced into whatever religion by their betters. Like it (and some did) or not (and some did).

          These days are gone, so we don’t need Mrs May, or anyone else, giving us a lecture about what we believe. In any case, you’d think these people would have enough to worry about without starting on religion.

          Thanks for the info on the alcohol situation in Ireland. The Wee Frees (not including John) had/have a weird attitude to the Sabbath.

          My ex boss went on holiday with his wife to the Western Isles. They got up on Sunday morning and went off out on their motorbike… site seeing. Some locals threw stones at them for breaking the Sabbath.

          It seemed weird that their god would condone the throwing of stones on a Sunday, and condemn the riding of a motor bike.

          Funny Sunday.

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              1. Two tribes of apes. One of them has dominance over the waterhole which both need to survive.(Wee Frees)
                The Black Monolith arrives, and the weaker tribe gets intelligence. And get the waterhole. (Normal people)

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            1. Conan…..Sorry…….Off topic and not at all relevant to your point. Nevertheless, I never pass up the chance to trash “2001 A Space Odyssey.” Anyone like Tris who didn’t see it is WAY ahead in the game IMHO. A piece of pretentious cinematic garbage that gave Kubrick an opportunity to yammer on about non-linear and non-literal motion pictures……a couple of hours of tedious visual nonsense mostly unencumbered with dialogue…….and with no discernible plot or storyline. A Stanley Kubrick self-indulgence that the critics said they loved, while proclaiming that anyone who didn’t love it was just too stupid to understand true cinematic art. My view is that every remaining print of this film in whatever format should be destroyed or deleted. It’s even worse than “Gone With the Wind,” but in a way that blazed an entirely new trail in Hollywood awfulness.

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                1. Yes Tris, you got my meaning…..LOL. Someday I should come out of my shell and say what I really mean. 😉

                  BTW, speaking of bad movies that the critics think are good…….if you ever have a chance to see “Gone With the Wind,” DON’T!!!!!! The fact that it’s a four hour Civil War movie without a single battle scene should tell you all you need to know. It would be impossible to stay awake through the d*** thing if it were not for the over-the-top histrionics of Scarlett O’Hara, the single most annoying heroine in botboiler fiction. The slaves on the plantation seemed quite happy with their lives though…… depicted by the Georgia woman who wrote this despicable piece of 1930’s trash.

                  Did I mention that I don’t like GWTW?

                  (The Carol Burnett TV parody was quite funny though.)

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                    1. LOL Andi…….Thanks a lot! Miss Scarlett’s and Rhett Butler’s dialog is seared into my memory. At least GWTW actually HAS dialog unlike most of that “2001 Space Odyssey” abomination. 😉

                      The twenty minute Carol Burnett parody “Went With the Wind” is quite good though……

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                  1. LOL No Danny. I’ve not seen that either. It seemed altogether too long for me. It seemed to me to be about all the things that, although I do know (a bit) about them, I wish I didn’t!

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                    1. Tris……Oh good Lord……let me try that again:

                      “Stay away from BOTH films if YOU possibly can.”


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              1. I think if you read “The Sentinel” by Arthur C. Clarke then watched 2001, you might get a glimmer of what was going on…

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                1. Conan…..I only saw the film many many years after it’s initial release, but I’ve read a lot about the movie that I hated so much…….after sitting through the final dialogue-free 20 minute light show somewhere beyond Jupiter, followed by the dying astronaut in the Louis XVI bedroom, followed by the human fetus floating somewhere in space for some unknown reason. I do admire Rock Hudson for getting up and walking out of the Hollywood premier, telling reporters if they can ever figure out what the hell is going on in the movie, please call and tell him.

                  When Arthur C. Clarke suggested that people should read the book to understand the movie, Kubrick is said to have bristled. He apparently announced that the movie stands on its own as cinematic art, and it’s not his business to tell people what it “means.” But as you suggest, the book was developed from a 1948 short story called “The Sentinel” which was published in 1951 as “Sentinel of Eternity.” However, Clarke didn’t like people reading “Sentinel” to understand the book that he later wrote (with the same title as the movie)…….any more than Kubrick liked the idea of people reading Clarke’s book to understand the movie.

                  Here’s what Clarke said about “Sentinel” (as quoted in Wiki):

                  “I am continually annoyed by careless references to “The Sentinel” as “the story on which 2001 is based”; it bears about as much relation to the movie as an acorn to the resultant full-grown oak. (Considerably less, in fact, because ideas from several other stories were also incorporated.) Even the elements that Stanley Kubrick and I did actually use were considerably modified. Thus the ‘glittering, roughly pyramidal structure… set in the rock like a gigantic, many-faceted jewel’ became—after several modifications—the famous black monolith. And the locale was moved from the Mare Crisium to the most spectacular of all lunar craters, Tycho—easily visible to the naked eye from Earth at Full Moon.”

                  So I must still maintain that Clarke and Kubrick were both blowing smoke, and had nothing sensible to say about any part of the enterprise. Except that Clarke wanted to sell a book that made little sense, and Kubrick wanted to sell tickets to a movie that had no discernible screenplay…….much less dialogue and a storyline.

                  I did one day read a review of the movie by a noted American movie critic named Roger Ebert. He actually wrote a decent apologia for the movie that so many people hated but that he had favorably reviewed,…..making up a plausible explanation for what went on in the movie, in terms of the grand philosophical cinematic symbolism that he imagined the great Kubrick had in mind. Had I read Ebert’s review before spending the money and taking the time to watch the thing, I would have known to stay FAR away from it. 😉

                  BTW…….I could also tell you some things about the dreadful “Gone With the Wind.” 😉

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    2. I went to Dublin in 2016 for the centennial commemoration of the Easter Rising (My grandfather being involved).
      The taxi driver from the airport was saying that the pubs were closed, how we laughed – he was a very jovial fella.
      When we got to the hotel, we found he hadn’t been joking *shock… horror*. The hotel restaurant was booked solidly until 10.30 for some strange reason, so having booked, we resorted to room service.
      Of course everybody else had the same idea…
      Apart from that wee hiccup – or perhaps lack of one, it was a very good weekend.
      Glad to see the Irish gradually breaking the chains of theocracy.

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