1. Morning all. The little one was afraid to come out on his own, in case he met Dominic Cummings on one of his round the world tours.
whats going on
2. I just saw him… My hair’s standing on end!
3. Cummings? He’s the scary-looking one, right?
4. Enough about Cummings. Look at how lovely I am.
my feet
5. Just checking that both of them are still there.
ss goats dave alb
6. Dave A said that he’d never seen any goats on Soppy Sunday, so he sent me these two photogenic animals for your pleasure.Β 
7. I hope you are separating us from those goats!
8. Finland…well, only a bit of it, really.
ss remember me
9. Remember me, Joey, from last week? The cute one? This is my naughty side. Don’t worry we got plenty more dunny roll. My dad was in that big rammy when that virus thing that you humans get, started.Β 
giant babies
10. Eat you out of hen house and coop!
watson falls
11. Watson Falls, Oregon.
white tailed bee
12. I’m Buzzy, I mean Busy!
13. Yawn. Do you ever have anything interesting on Soppy Sunday? Oh yeah, me…
14. Horses, huh? Funny as dogs. Talking of which, I’m hiding under this bed from one of them right now!
mats with avocado
15. And why not? Some of my best friends are nuts!
16. Morning all. Sorry, did I miss the start?
17. Make with the food, Mumsie!Β 
Oor Blaze fae Skye on Twitter: "Plan for Saturday??....come and ...
18. Blaze and his “Wii” brother.
19. Are we socially distancing enough?
20. Yep, little one. It was exhausting sitting through all Tris’s half-wit jokes. You just get off to sleep. There will be jokes tomorrow.

66 thoughts on “SOPPY SUNDAY”

  1. Life successfully reaffirmed, Tris, for which many thanks, because I needed it.

    That expressive equine could use a spot of dental work – must be a smoker, and drink lots of tea and coffee.

    Naked mole rats are fascinating animals. In addition to being eusocial, they may even be immortal:

    I feel very much like the baby orangutan in the last picture looks… it’s a hard life, innit?

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    1. Yes, Ed. As well as being rude he or she has shocking teeth!

      What an interesting article on mole rats. I bet some cosmetic/pharmaceutical companies are, right now, working on seeing if there isn’t a way of getting mole rat bits into humans.

      Yep. It’s a hard life, but at least the wind has stopped.

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      1. In my irreverent youth, we used to say that Anne’s greatest distinction was the ability to eat an apple through a tennis racket. Nothing’s changed. I’m no more reverent 60 years later and she’s still overdue a visit to the orthodontist.

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  2. Morning …
    2: Is that a baby _Daubentonia madagascariensis_ ? The very incarnation of a double affirmative!
    10: That gives a whole new meaning to being ‘goosed’ I suppose?
    17: At first glance looked like one of those mythical three-headed monsters.
    As for the orang utan, she’d probably make a better fist of running the UK than BJ, but of course she’d have more sense than to even try …

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    1. Morning!

      1. Yes Yes. He/she has the air of a far far better looking Michael Gove.

      10. Some people like being goosed!

      17. Who says they are mythical. You should see some of Munguin’s neighbours.

      Ha ha ha ha ha BJ running the UK? LOL That’s a good one!

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  3. I wonder if Dominic Cummings ever bumped into Colonel Windbag during their Round Britain safaris. Maybe she waved at him through a window. Of course, he wouldn’t have a clue who she is.

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  4. There were some scary looking creatures this week but who am I to say anything. You should see me of a morning…

    Apparently Laoch and Blaze have another adopted sibling. As well as Mouse who is a cat(!) the new one is a lamb. No, a real lamb.

    The cat above has a couple of claws out eeek. As one cat lover on twitter calls them – murder mittens!

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    1. Yes. A lamb who only eats twigs and won;t touch grass.

      Strange family that!

      I’m sure you look delightful first thing in the morning. Munguin expects it of his senior correspondants.


    2. How expressive, PP! And I should know, having just had them in my knee.
      Called on neighbour Frau Trudi, and as usual Bear was in my lap before I’d ‘bearly’ sat down. “How nice to see you again,” he purred, “I so enjoy your visits.” Turning his head for a nuzzle and kneading my knee with the murder mittens. Ow!

      He gets his name from kitten habit of rearing up on his hind legs and trying to look fierce as a grizzly. (Unsuccessful now s it was then as he’s the ultimate softy with a lifetime mission to dispel the myth about cats being aloof and unfriendly.) Enough, MacD. This Sunday is soppy enough already!

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    1. That was lovely, Marcia. Thank you.

      I think there’s very little that is as satisfying as a waterfall. Although, when I was a kid I used to worry about the water being hurt when it tumbled.

      Stupid child, I was. πŸ™‚

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  5. Lovely that you realised that nature is alive tris when so young.
    The horse, we knew it was not a Andrew look a like as he’s more of a a….
    Although that’s an insult to ass,s

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    1. Actually Airmiles is the one who doesn’t look like a horse, because his parentage may be slightly different. Before he got fat he was reasonably average looking.

      The rest were plug ugly.

      I was, James, a very strange child!


  6. Seems like giving birth to children of another species would be psychologically distressing to a hen.

    Wiki: “The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is a long-fingered lemur, a strepsirrhine primate native to Madagascar with rodent-like teeth that perpetually grow and a special thin middle finger. It is the world’s largest nocturnal primate.”

    I read that the adult aye-aye is about 16 inches long. Seems odd that such a creature could be the largest anything of the primate persuasion.

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    1. I’d forgotten about that special thin finger. The creature has big ears and can hear grubs chewing away inside decaying branches. Then it applies its teeth to gnaw away the wood, and the long thin finger to winkle the maggots out of their holes (tunnels? burrows?)

      I’m sure you can think of your own political analogies …

      BTW the largest lemur of all rejoices in the scientific name of Indri indri indri … no really πŸ™‚

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        1. Apparently, or so I read somewhere regarding the Indri; when one of the early European explorers was trekking through the hilly eastern rain forest of Madagascar, one of these beasties came bouncing through the trees from trunk to trunk (as they do) and the native guide cried out in surprise _Indro izy!_ which the explorer took to mean “That’s an Indri”, but in fact it means “Look at that!” But the name stuck and is enshrined in the scientific literature. The locals naturally still call the creature _babakoto_ as they always have πŸ™‚

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          1. That sounds like the Australian story about the meaning of kangaroo: “I’m sorry, I don’t speak English.” Correct translation of the Aboriginal reply to Captain Cook asking “What do you call that beast?”

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            1. ‘Indro’ definitely means ‘look’ or ‘behold’ in Malagasy, the well documented single native language of Madagascar.

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          2. marconatrix……..Great story!

            Maybe the name Aye aye also involved a cry of astonishment……or maybe not. Or maybe it involved a mistranslation from Malagasy. From Wikipedia:

            “The French naturalist Pierre Sonnerat was the first to use the vernacular name “aye-aye” in 1782 when he described and illustrated the lemur, though it was also called the “long-fingered lemur” by English zoologist George Shaw in 1800β€”a name that did not stick. According to Sonnerat, the name “aye-aye” was a “cri d’exclamation & d’Γ©tonnement” (cry of exclamation and astonishment). However, American paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall noted in 1982 that the name resembles the Malagasy name “hai hai” or “hay hay”, which refers to the animal and is used around the island. According to Dunkel et al. (2012), the widespread use of the Malagasy name indicates that the name could not have come from Sonnerat. Another hypothesis proposed by Simons and Meyers (2001) is that it derives from “heh heh”, which is Malagasy for “I don’t know”. If correct, then the name might have originated from Malagasy people saying “heh heh” to avoid saying the name of a feared, magical animal.”

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              1. Tris…..I immediately thought of the big eyes, but I guess that an “eye” reference would have applied just as well to the other nocturnal mammals/primates.

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            1. Interesting, I hadn’t heard that one before. The name Ian Tattersall rings a distant bell, I may even have once met the man, long long ago now.

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      1. marconatrix…….I see that a thousand years ago Madagascar had a Giant Aye aye…….Daubentonia robusta.

        Wiki: “The giant aye-aye (Daubentonia robusta) is an extinct relative of the aye-aye, the only other species in the genus Daubentonia. It lived in Madagascar, appears to have disappeared less than 1,000 years ago, is entirely unknown in life, and is only known from subfossil remains.”

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        1. Humans were relative late-commers to Madagascar and from Indonesia not Africa so it would seem. Many weird and wonderful creatures went extinct soon after, especially the larger ones 😦

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      1. I am a primate, I think? Maybe you guys could argue otherwise.

        I am pretty sure the definition includes bigger creatures than our friend at 20? Perhaps we ought to be friends? For they are absolutely smashing.

        This is a thought.

        We ought to extend human rights to primates, and whales and dolphins and stuff, generally?

        You know it makes sense.

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        1. yes you are a primate Douglas. You’re also a Great Ape. As are no20 and mountain and lowland gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos!

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          1. Well?

            Am I wrong?

            Though I have no idea what no20 actually means.

            It seems to me that we should protect all life, not just the obvious, but the rest of it too.

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          2. PP…..So when one of the Munguin contributors says something we disagree with, it’s perfectly OK in a rejoinder to call him or her a great ape? πŸ˜‰


            1. Gosh I wasn’t aware I was disagreeing with him! πŸ™‚

              Nothing wrong with being a Great Ape – better than being a rubbish one…

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          1. Whom do you have in mind?

            I think that our intelligence is an overated ability. We squeeze our own environment to extinction, and call it sane.

            Well, some of us do.

            You don’t.

            Yet, people like you, people like me, and all your supporters, see it a lot differently.

            Which is a tad different and a bit reassuring.

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      2. Maybe they meet the scientific definition of “primate,” but I thought that perhaps Wiki made a mistake about the relative size. It did say “largest nocturnal primate,” which made me think it involved a distinction about the technical definition of “nocturnal.”

        This listing says that the Aye aye is one of the nocturnal primates, but calls it “small.”

        Quote: “Primates are an ancient group of mammals with 233 known species spread between 13 different scientific families. Most primates are active during the day but members of six different families are solely nocturnal and have specific adaptations such as large eyes to deal with the dark. The other seven families may also have occasional species that are nocturnal but most of those are still active for some portion of the daylight hours.”


  7. I do like a goat.

    I’m sure everyone has seen this but it is just as funny on the 10th view.


    1. Haha, looks great fun. Feel sorry for the big guy though who looks like he’d like to join in but can’t because he’s tied up

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        1. Well, now that IS a good question.

          I suspect it is becasue goats are secretive creatures more than a little suspicious of humans who want to poke their noses into goaty business.

          But I may be wrong!


  8. Brilliant Sunday distraction. Ed’s mole rat link, provided some very, tempting, lunky holes. DNA proteins being “chaperoned”, carbon on the moon, pathogen carrying bull semen but displayed an image of the wonderful friesland sheep! My months free access soon expired. Pleased to see the goslings and their adopted mum and that pony reminded me of the Thelwell shaped pony that helped me herd a farm I worked on years ago. A real character, name was Mon a Mhidhe, fight with any other horse, would only just tolerate my dogs,try to throw me then run off with my piece bag. Two and a half hours to get out to the far end of the farm and ten minutes to get back to the steading I heard that Mon a Mhidhe died 10 days after I left the farm, felt deeply saddened and guilty, even though I would have liked to, I couldn’t have taken her with me.

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