1. They elected who?
2. Ah, Springtime. Better start as I mean to go on. I’ll slither over here and see if there are any humans to bite.
3. It’s boring sitting around in radio studios waiting when you’re the star turn.
4. Well, I’m off to the gym. You don‘t get a physique like this lying about in a field all day with the other turnips.
5. I like to help out humans from time to time. There are so many things they can’t do for themselves.
6. Gatekeeper Tree.
7. Me and my buddy, the human.
8. What do you mean stealing them. They have hundreds; they won’t miss a few for a hungry animal.
9. Icelandic lights.
10. You’re looking really fierce, Mum.
11. Whatever they have on this telly, it’s a really slow watch for an intellectually superior goat. Still it gives off a good heat.
12. A mummy Pangolin makes the best bed in the world for a tired youngster.
13. Did I hear that there was a large number of bananas going begging around these parts?
14. Anyone know who this chappie/chapess is sitting at Tayport Marina.
15. They look a bit like Buttercups, but I don’t think they are.
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16. Monrovia, Liberia.
17. It’s a grand life for a horse in Bulgaria.
18. Everywhere we go at the moment, snowdrops.
19. This bloke thinks he’s looking after me, but actually it’s the other way round.
20. Oooops… was someone looking for those bananas? Cos I’m afraid they have all disappeared someplace… I know not where, honest!

Thanks to John and Claire in Bulgaria.


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    1. Thanks. I saw him/her sitting there not moving and wondered if he/she was injured becasue I got reasonably close. I’ve seen a lot of herons around recently, but I knew he/she wasn’t a heron…


          1. tris, I think Derek is referring to the poem by e. e. cummings.

            That’s the first thing searched for on google, but I thought it was wiser to let the others lead with the cormorant/shag thing.


  1. Very life-affirming, Tris. Today’s post has made me feel better, as Soppy Sunday usually does, so I’d say – mission successfully accomplished!

    That baby orangutan is adorable. It would be a shame to cut that hair.

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  2. Nice group of critters and locations this week!

    Interesting looking Turnip! I’ve never met anyone who actually claims to have eaten a turnip, or for that matter turnip greens. They’re apparently edible however, and the commercial turnip interests seem determined to find ways to serve them.

    How to Eat Turnips 10 Ways, Because No One Knows What to Do With Them:

    Easy to see why this rattlesnake is named “Diamondback.” Based on its bright, lightly colored diamond-shaped markings, this would be the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) found in the Southwest, mostly in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and in northern Mexico. Not to be confused with the darker-colored Eastern Diamondback (Crotalus adamanteus), found in the American Dixie South along the coastal plain from Louisiana to North Carolina.

    The Western rattler is (like the other 12 species of rattlesnakes in the state) closely associated with the state of Arizona. The Phoenix area major league baseball team is named the “Arizona Diamondbacks.”

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    1. “I’ve never met anyone who actually claims to have eaten a turnip,”

      Well then Danny you’ve obviously never met any Scottish people in real life 🙂 Because every 25th January (Burns Night) we have haggis and neeps and neeps is the Scottish word for turnips. I’m sure some of us have turnips more often the once a year though!

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      1. Turnips and swedes are related but different. Burns Suppers usually are held in mid winter, so it’s swede (yellow flesh) that’s available. Turnips have white flesh and are in season later in the year. I have always liked and eaten both, especially freshly dug from the garden.

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        1. Danny In Scotland the tradition in Halloween was for kids to carve a turnip or neep. This has been replaced by pumpkin in recent times, much to my annoyance. Pumpkins were certainly not around in my formative years and I’ve only eaten pumpkin once.

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          1. Thought Danny’s neep comment might prompt an indignat response – and how! Many of us are partial to them, it seems. As for swedes (pronounced sweds) for haggis accompaniment, if only white varieety available I compensate by adding a carrot or a chunk of butternut while cooking to add colour and create a bit of contrast on the plate.

            Dave, can only aggree on the pumpkin as alien Halloween species invasion. Pernicious US influence again when there’s no shortage of the makings for proper traditional lanterns. Tumshie is also a Scottish word of (relatively mild) disparagement, combination of bawheid and muckle sumph. Sharing colour with your oast oresident, Danny, tumshie is a very apprioriate description. But don’t let that put you off them. Very tasty, mashed, roasted or any way you’d treat potatoes or parsnips.

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            1. Forgot to ad… some years ago the Scotch Whisky Association objected to Sweden producing home-grown spirit and passing it off as Scotch. The Swedish ambassador said they’d be happy to comply if the Scots stopped calling turnips Swedes!

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          2. No saying where WordPress will insert this ,but anyway…
            I was searching around for mental distraction and had been reading the ingredients list on a jar of something or other and came across “Rutabaga” the only ingredient I did not recognise.
            My Dad was as unknow as myself so I betook myself to the trusty dictionary to discover what exotic item this was.

            ” Rutabaga” The Swedish Turnip.

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                1. I was going by general shape, colouration and foliage.
                  Could be senility is creeping (rapidly) up on me while my attention is elsewhere, of course.

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            1. Interesting, John.

              I just looked it up and apparently they use that name in some parts of England:

              Is Rutabaga the same as Swede?
              Rutabaga has many national and regional names. Rutabaga is the common North American term for the plant. … In the U.S., the plant is also known as Swedish turnip or yellow turnip. The term swede (from “Swedish turnip”) is used in many Commonwealth Nations, including much of England, Australia, and New Zealand.

              Another school day!!

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      1. Is that one not an adder rather than a rattlesnake? There’s no reason to be scared of them; be wary of them in the morning as they’re sluggish until warmed up and can’t scarper quickly.

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        1. Danny, I think Derek might be correct.

          If you can’t see the rattle, it might not be a rattler.

          I looked at that photo (Pic 2) and my first thought was that it shows the common European adder, scientific name: vipera berus.

          A couple of times, I have almost trod on one, and they can give a nasty bite.

          Once, on a single-track road in Glen Artney, I saw a magnificent example which unfortunately had just been run over by a car.

          Nearby, there was a slow-worm, which also looked more dead than alive, but as their name suggests, they are not very lively at the best of times.

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          1. Don Don et al…….Very interesting! I think you are right. Looking at that picture, I immediately identified the zig zag markings as a Diamondback. (One of the iconic American rattlesnakes.) All three potentially lethal venomous native American snakes are pit vipers…..rattlesnakes, copperheads, and water moccasins (cotton mouths). I now see that adders are also of the genus Vipera, and have zig zag markings.

            Wiki: Vipera berus, the common European adder or common European viper, is a venomous snake that is extremely widespread and can be found throughout most of Western Europe and as far as East Asia. The species is also the only venomous snake native to Great Britain. Known by a host of common names including common adder and common viper, adders have been the subject of much folklore in Britain and other European countries. They are not regarded as especially dangerous; bites can be very painful, but are seldom fatal.

            European Adder:

            Diamondback Rattlesnake:

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    2. I’ve eaten turnips, but they’re a fairly popular food in my native country of Poland (or at least, they were when I was growing up there.) I remember just eating raw slices of them, with nothing else added. Ah, the joys of living in Communism.

      Not as much since I’ve moved to the States. They’re not well-known here. It’s true that unfortunately, pumpkins are popular in the US…and I really dislike the taste of pumpkin pie!

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      1. Aye communism wasn’t a lot of fun, eurobrat.

        I was never in Poland, but I saw how it was in Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary.

        Not nice.

        I like pumpkin soup!

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        1. eurobrat, tris, many is the time time my mother gave me a slice of raw turnip to eat, as she was preparing to boil the life out of it.
          Pumpkin soup tastes fine, but don’t stray too far from the nearest lavvie afterwards.

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          1. Ha ha… Are you sure that wasn’t the turnip?

            On it’s own it doesn’t taste of much (the soup) but if you add onions and un peu d’ail, maybe some mushrooms and lots of pepper it’s not bad.

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      2. eurobrat……..Yes, it seems that turnips never caught on in the States like they did in the UK and Europe. Pumpkins however are indeed another matter. In America, pumpkins are de rigueur for making jack-o-lanterns at Halloween, and then at the holidays in November and December (Thanksgiving and Christmas), it’s absolutely impossible to avoid pumpkin pie with the holiday feasts. I don’t really like pumpkin pie, but if it’s covered with lots and lots of whipped cream….(or just about any sweet grocery store topping that spurts out of a can)…..I can eat it.

        The trick of covering up something that you don’t like with something that you do like makes all sorts of things edible. I can even eat small amounts of broccoli if it’s completely covered with cheese sauce, so that I can neither taste nor smell the broccoli.

        I had the misfortune recently to be a guest for dinner at which one side dish was cooked spinach. Staring down at the disgusting, slimy, dark green mush, my host told me that it’s better if you pour some vinegar on it. I should have known to avoid anything that someone tells you tastes BETTER with vinegar. But I tried it. I can’t imagine how awful cooked spinach must taste WITHOUT the vinegar. 😉

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          1. A shout in defence of spinach.
            A quick standby when the kids were needing something to eat immediately, to stop bloodshed! Pile of spinach (200/250gms) half a block of feta and at least half to one whole nutmeg grated. All in a big dry fry pan, maybe just a wee drop water, it quickly melts down to near bugger all. Spoon onto toast, buttered optional, eat. Nutritious, tasty and good for conflict management.

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              1. As children we would be given some ground nutmeg at winter onset and a couple of times over the months to come. My grand parents reckoned it helped keep colds at bay.
                I don’t remember any of us having colds but that could be coincidence or lousy memory. ☺

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                1. Alan…….I’m pretty sure that my grandmother had nutmeg in her spice rack. It was in her spice rack that I discovered cinnamon and learned about cinnamon toast. Cinnamon toast just might be one of the all time great tasting snacks. 😉

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                  1. Never had or heard of cinnamon toast but cinnamon with its warm long rounded flavour pops up lots of places, doughnuts rolled in cinnamon sugar etc. In Germany, certainly in Bavaria where I lived, there was a street snack of grated apple and potato fritter flavoured with cinnamon. Thin, cooked on a griddle both sides they were almost addictive.
                    Perhaps nutmeg’s appeal lies in its hallucinogenic qualities.
                    That should boost the commodity price.

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                    1. The fritter sounds delicious. Cinnamon toast is just buttered toast sprinkled liberally with sugar and cinnamon. Delicious! 😉

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  3. Lovely selection. I don’t have a shower at home (only a bath), do you think I could get an elephant instead? That fox was stunning and the Bulgarian menagerie raised a smile. The baby orangutan was especially cute.

    Thanks for the chimps – my request. I’d now been jagged with Astra Zeneca which uses a denatured chimp virus as a vector and I felt we should honour our cousins for helping us out in our time of need.

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  4. O.T., but could be considered remarkable video from a very remote location.

    The Perseverance robotic rover landed on Mars on 18 February, and carried equipment which photographed its own descent and landing through the thin Martian atmosphere; and after the landing in Jezero Crater, the sound of the Martian wind.

    Martian sunset beyond the rim of Jezero Crater at Perseverance landing site:

    NASA and its contractor JPL released the video of the landing last week. The landing is often referred to as 7 minutes of terror, since the JPL control room in Pasadena can make no adjustments to the computer controlled 7 minute landing sequence, during the 11 minutes that it takes the radio telemetry signals from the landing to reach the earth. It has landed safely or it has crashed, and for 11 minutes no one knows which. The Perseverance rover……and quite a few management positions at JPL……hang in the balance. 😉

    An artist’s animation of the Martian entry and landing sequence, culminating in a “skycrane” maneuver, in which retro rockets suspend the skycrane above the surface, and the rover is lowered by three cables to the surface.


    The live video of the landing (below.) The jettisoning of the heat shield is seen along with the parachute deployment. Then the ground is seen approaching, with the dust being kicked up by the skycrane retro rockets. The left panels show the skycrane looking up from the rover, and the rover looking down from the skycrane. Then the three cables detach and you can see the skycrane fly away through the dust to its crash site.

    Live video footage:

    For the hard core Martian enthusiast, a more detailed description in a slightly longer video…..including the sound of the Martian wind.

    Live video with brief shots of animation:

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      1. “Always lots of pictures in the Daily Mail” A picture paints a thousand words, and a thousand words is a lot for a Daily Mail reader, especially if they are over three syllables.

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      1. Well played that pianist who started out with about 1/3 of the keys “out of order” and lost even more of them as kitty got comfy! Beautiful tune despite the literal obstacles!

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      1. Amazing that Baarak didn’t cast the fleece. Looked like merino, maybe that is another merino characteristic, they don’t/can’t cast their fleece. That’ll help keep the parks/paddocks clean.

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