Where I Been
I have been decorating in Junior’s lounge. He’s also put in a lot of hard work and it’s beginning to look good. He’s such a perfectionist. Every join between colours to be so straight it’s like painting the Sistine Chapel.
Partner-who-loves-tea and I also had the occasional break. On Friday we went to Upton for a coffee and found a new café.
We were very impressed. We have started putting every café and restaurant we visit into a notebook with all our comments. Mills in Upton is most decidedly one to revisit.
And perhaps next time Upton won’t be crawling with police officers looking for clues to a bank robbery!
Police were investigating possible links between the recovery of a large amount of cash from a house in Huyton with the theft of money from the ATM machine in Upton in the early hours of the morning. Officers attended an address in Huyton at around 6am and arrested a man and woman on suspicion of burglary in connection with the incident. Police were called to Barclays Bank on Ford Road, Upton, at around 1.35am to reports three men had forced entry to the premises and stolen cash from the machine.
Police will be investigating if the Upton raid has similar characteristics to a spate of others across Merseyside in which gas "bombs" were used to open the machines. All very exciting.
Even more exciting was the fact that we had two men out to see about the boiler. Number one suggested replacing the whole central heating system - cost a couple of thousand probably. No call out charge! The second hit the pump with a spanner and got the system going again. - well worth the call-out charge.
If you like marsupials (and who doesn’t?*), my favourite is the wombat. Not only are they vegan and terribly, terribly cute, but also they’re lazy and never make any more effort than the basic required to get the job done, or travel an inch farther than they need to get from A to B. .
I have decided to be a far more regular visitor to Facebook. And here is just one of the things I learned from my most recent visit thanks to my friend Jamie in Australia:-
Wombats have developed an incredible physical adaptation: The reinforced rump. When a predator attacks a wombat, it runs to its burrow and uses its tough cartilage-filled bum to block their burrow (it can crush a dingo's head against the wall of the burrow). One of Jamie's children has now invented a new game--Wombat Butt.
(* OK, Kate is the exception to liking marsupials. She learned that when you hire a vehicle in Australia it isn’t insured against hitting a kangaroo. She learned the hard ward way!)
The umbrella is said to be one of the longest-lived human inventions and a great example of early design. Both the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians had parasols for sun blockage, and the Chinese developed a collapsible umbrella design as early as 21 A.D. But who came up with the idea of the umbrella in the first place?
The answer seems to be a frog!
These amazing photos were captured by Indonesia-based photographer Penkdix Palme. (Permission to use requested but no response received.)
I haven’t had any time for gardening but it seems to be managing quite well without my interference.