Saturday, 27 August 2016


1. Hi. Welcome to Soppy Sunday. Munguin's back so everything's ship shape and Bristol Fashion around the place again.
2. Amazingly some people enjoy shooting these animals.
3. Nothing like a shady leaf to rest your weary wings.
4. ...Or a nice soft place to rest your weary bones. Talking of bones, I don't suppose there's a chance...
5. ...Or some nice ice to lie on, if only it weren't melting... I don't suppose there's a chance you could follow Scotland's lead and turn to green energy?

6. Oil seed rape as far as the eye can see.
7. Yes... Can I help you?
8. Awwwwwww.
9. Palouse Falls, Washington State.
10. Bhutan
11. Wanna see how to crack a nut?
12. Giant Herb Robert.
13. Jaguar.
14. I can't work out why peoples is scared of me. I'm tiny, harmless and completely cute.
15. Too wee? I think not. Too poor? Erm nope. Too stupid?
What do you think?
16. Ragwort and caterpillars.

17. You don't want to get on the wrong side of me!
18. OK, I won't!
19 What a big mouth you've got, Grey Whale!
All the better to eat you with...well, if you're a crustacean.  
20. Yes, you heard right. Munguin is back and we all have to mind our Ps and Qs. Roll on his next holiday. It was soooo peaceful.See you next week.


  1. Lovely, :)
    REALY enjoying this double dose with Friday's Flora and Fauna. It's such a soothing antidote to the political angt that's so prevalent these days.
    Appreciate your effort and Panda Paws for suggesting Flora and Fauna.

    1. Hi Issy,

      Yep, it's sad that we have to do politics too...

      I took nothing electronic with me on holiday and the only time I looked at a screen was when my mate, Dani, with whom I was staying, was talking to a mutual friend on Facebook. I joined in a bit with that. It was so relaxing to escape politics and news for a week. I don't speak a word of Hungarian and not much German so I had no idea what was going on back home.

      Still, good things don't last forever, huh...

      Aye, PP did good there. Shhhh, don't tell her, but Munguin is thinking of giving her a pay raise!

  2. Aww we are spoilt - Friday and then again on Sunday. Loved the zebras and the deer were uber cute. I wish there were more of no13 and fewer of the car equivalent and then no5's home might not be quite as threatened.

    As for no14, I can explain. When they come into your house of an evening and demonstrate that indeed they are incontinent whatever residual cuteness they may have is lost in a desire to eradicate them from said home. I mean I love orang utans but that doesn't mean I want them in the house. They have their habitat and I have mine...

    1. Yes, fair comment about the mices... but people scream when they see them and stand on chairs. Come on, if people can pet a horse, why is anyone scared of little beasts that don't bite.


      I'm with you about the Jaguars though. Having said that my dad always had a Jaguar and they make for a comfortable ride!

  3. With you on no 14, we used to have a cute field mouse in the garden who ate any spilled bird food. I must say that I nearly missed the falls in Washington being to busy admiring the sky. Helena

    1. I'm not sure how many we have in the cellars but they were originally attracted by the fact that I bought one of these massive sacks of seed for the birds. It turned out that the birds turned their beaks up at it and so it lay there all winter not being used, or so I thought.

      When I did a clear out in Spring, all that was left was a pile of husks (good for the garden) and a family of little beasts, who have expected food ever since...

      All down to fussy birds with a taste for meal worms and sultanas as opposed to bird food!

      I had to arrange for a friend to pop in and feed both lots while I was away, even then I can't help feeling that I got an accusatory look from Bertie Blackbird when I fed him yesterday!

  4. I like the mouse. (If maybe not running unexpectedly across the living room floor.)

    In principle, I like the idea of including the rattlesnake, with the same caveat about the living room floor that I applied to the mouse.

    #9 has sparked a local controversy here about the appropriate limits of digital photo manipulation. How is it that the waterfall is more or less brightly lit in an otherwise almost totally dark landscape? And why does the setting (or rising) sun appear from the glow on the horizon to be occurring in at least 3 or 4 separate locations? But MUCH more of an issue is the Milky Way in a LOOONG time exposure that makes it appear brighter than it is ever seen in even the darkest night sky. And yet here, we see it while the sky is still illuminated by the recently set (or soon to rise) sun.

    Yes, these are quibbles. Pretty picture though!

    As for #10, consider what it's like to land a plane amidst the mountainous landscape of Bhutan. The video gets exciting at about 4:00 with mountains off of each wingtip, and a hard left turn at 100 ft. Geeeze!

    1. I'm not too bothered about the idea of the mouse running over the living room floor, but I'm with you all the way about the rattlers.

      I'm always happy to have provoked discussion with anything I put up. Mind you, that's 5 minutes of your life that you won't get back!!! :)

      Aye, that landing was scary. I reckon that if ever I'm lucky enough to get to Bhutan (how I would love to), I might drive there! My brother has made the descent to Kathmandu, which he said was terrifying. Thank heavens for great pilots!

  5. tris

    apropos Monaco to wee to stupid to corrupt
    Mr Green and family ensconced in a tax free
    lifestyle paid for by ripped of employees
    ( hard working )of BHS..
    Hardly a role model for a fairer Nation but then snpland

    The burkini ban is spot on tried one on looked ridiculous
    arrestable offence defo

    1. I believe they are going to chuck her out.


  6. Meanwhile down at the Zoo

    Id consider meself a muscle Bear body type

    1. Looks like I'm a polar bear. If I were gay that is.

    2. conan

      we are all a little bit gay

    3. That's probably too much information for any of us.

      But I'd probably be a snake!

  7. TraingateSir Richard Branson should be stripped of his knighthood, says Labour's John McDonnell

    Strip him of his beard would be more effective

    1. Not just traingate, Niko.

  8. Something that has always bothered me about the Milky Way.
    How can folk take pictures of it if we are in it?
    First thought for no1, that Mick Hucknall has let himself go a bit.

    1. @ Juteman: I meant to post the next comment as a reply to you.

    2. Mick Hucknall should be that pretty!

  9. We (the sun and solar system) are located in one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way about half way out to the edge (about 27,000 light-years) from the galactic center. So when we see what we call THE Milky Way in the sky, we are looking directly into the plane of the galaxy, back toward the center, into the the densest part that we can see from our position out toward the edge. When we look into the sky in other directions, most of the stars we see are also all around us in the Milky Way, but we're looking out of the dense star region of the plane, and it's easier to resolve individual stars.

    The view of the Milky Way in picture #9 is a time exposure which not only shows the dense light in the direction of the center of the galaxy, but also shows gas and dust in the plane of the galaxy that obscures the center. It has become popular to use time exposures and the low light capabilities of digital photography to show the plane of the Milky Way above a darkened landscape.

    But being INSIDE the Milky Way, we don't get a view of its overall shape and size. For that, the best view we have in the sky is that of our companion galaxy Andromeda (which is also a spiral galaxy, and is thought to look about the same as the Milky Way.) It is the most distant object in the sky that can be seen with the naked eye. But since it's over 2.5 million light-years away, it's VERY dim. It is so big that it appears in the sky to the naked eye many times larger than the moon, without telescopic magnification. Here's the way it would look to the naked eye if it were positioned next to the moon and was much brighter. It's the biggest single object in the sky after the plane of the Milky Way.,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/19bal4d1p8fncjpg.jpg

    1. Cheers Danny. I never realised we were out on an arm of a spiral galaxy. You learn something new every day.

    2. Yep Juteman. I found a drawing of what the Milky Way might look like from a position in distant space above the plane of the galaxy......and which shows the location of the sun and solar system in one of the spiral arms of the galaxy called the "Orion Arm" or "Orion Spur."

    3. That's a neat drawing. We actually live on the burnt, crispy, outer bit of a fried egg. :-)

    4. LOL...

      Jutie... When I first met Danny he warned me that if I asked him the time, he was likely to tell me how to make a watch!

      He always goes to huge pains to answer any questions. And sometimes the explanations are beyond the mental capacity of Munguin's dogsbody!