Following on from my last post about the Great War,
I have to say how much I like the art installation
'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red'
at the Tower of London.
888,246 ceramic poppies progressively fill the Tower's moat, each one representing a British military fatality during the war.
The installation has been created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins.
To me it is both beautiful and shocking, the blood red poppies a stark visual reminder of the reality of the war.
Unlike Kate, I won't be seeing it in person, but I would like to think it is remembered as one of the great moments in Contemporary art.
Do you know what this is?
An Australian long-nosed bandicoot, which until recently I had only seen occasionally in the bush or in a zoo.
Well, to our horror, these protected little animals have moved into the Cardinal's Garden of Neglect, and are becoming quite the nightmare.
See what they do to the lawn, every night!
Holes appear in in the lawn, and in any garden bed with soft moist soil,
helpfully provided by our sprinkler system.
We rarely see them, as bandicoots are nocturnal creatures, hiding during the day in nests in leaf matter. I shudder to think where that might be, but under our hedges is a distinct possibility.
They feed on worms, grubs, insects, and some berries or fruits.
They move over the ground sniffling and snuffling as they go, then having detected food under the soil they quickly dig down. The front feet have three toes with long curved claws, making a hole which is narrow and pointed at the borrom. Their narrow snout then fits neatly into the hole to get the hapless worm or grub.
Thus far I have been unable to find a way to discourage the bandi-culture which is wrecking havoc in our garden.
Sprinkling pepper or chilli has been no deterrent whatsoever, because they can move to another spot.
The pest-control man has no ideas either!
If you have a solution, I'd love to hear it ...
Here's an update on our two Canadian grandsons.
Little Bebe (in yellow), clearly a babe no longer, and his Big Brother are looking out at Lake Champlain in Vermont, en route to their summer holiday at Cape Cod.
Gazing across towards Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard...
Wish I was over there with them...
Oops, almost forgot to say I like the subtle poppies on Kate's hat, too.
Thank you everybody for your well wishes after my last post, when I was down and out with the flu.
I am feeling much better now, thank you, and up and about.
Just the lingering dry cough, and you all know how that hangs about...
Hope this weekend finds you In the Pink!