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Animals at Edinburgh’s Botanics


It is now two weeks since I went to Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens. Argueably August isn’t the most obvious time to visit because it is an in-between time, when the best of the flowers are fading and the colours of Autumn aren’t yet with us (though judging by our recent Autumnal mornings and evenings they will be with us soon). The reason I went to the Botanics was to look at the animals. No, not the zoo, the Botanic Gardens…, and to prove it I have attached a few examples. Unfortunately the menagerie closed on Sunday, but here is the Jungle City website (I don’t know how long that will be up either, but judging by some of the pages on the web it could be around for years).
Yes, these are steel washers (stainless, I hope), each one welded to the next. Labour of love, or what?

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Do you think you could make it just a teeny bit smaller, Mr Dyson?

Sorry, couldn’t resist it. Another pic from my snap-happy day last week. This was in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

I recently joined Facebook. It is one of those things I have been meaning to do for a while, but couldn’t really be bothered to do it. Soon afterwards I joined Twitter. What’s that all about, really? I read somewhere that it is something for people to do during the day when they should be working. I persevered with it for a few days before giving up. It reminded me too much of what happened when mobile phones became easily affordable, of those life or death messages that clogged the airwaves. You know the kind I mean: I’m on the bus… it’s just started to rain… there’s a fire engine outside Asda.

Facebook, however, is useful. There are people out there I know but never see. At Christmas I send cards to them. I don’t do ’round robins’, but I occasionally write a short note on the card. Chances are that our cards cross in the post, so we respond to the notes one year later. Or not. Now, through Facebook, I am in contact with people I lost touch with years ago. Also, I have swapped chat with several of those ‘Christmas Card’ friends. Thanks to Facebook, my cards will take less time to write and that can’t be bad.

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