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November 12, 2010

Baby animals are just unbearably cute

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12 November 2010

No matter what animal you're looking at - if it's a baby your heartstrings will suffer from the pull of affection.

I wonder if humankind has this innate pull because we're really supposed to be protecting the creatures of the earth.

How do you feel when you look at these pictures?












(PS I received these in a random email - if they have been used in error, please let me know so I can credit you where necessary!)

November 10, 2010

Please appreciate!

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Image: ESO/HH Heyer
10 November 2010

Humans all have such an inflated view of themselves. There is nothing but themselves, their car, the beer at the end of the day.

I wish we could all appreciate the world around us. No matter how closely you look at the world, there is just so much to see and appreciate.

The same goes for all those things larger than us as well. Earth is one of them, but we are seriously not appreciating it.

I digress though - the point of my post is to link you up with the above pictures, which is one of the most beautiful images of the Milky Way, the galaxy we're swirling around in right now, I've ever seen.

It is a 360 degree panorama made from 37 individual frames.

Via Popular Mechanics

November 9, 2010

I am determined to make a Christmas Cake for my husband this year if it's the last thing I do!

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From Readers Digest
9 November 2011

I'm going the traditional route as well: nuts, cherries, almond paste, royal icing, Christmas decorations...

I am actually quite excited to start! Not excited enough to have bought the ingredients yet... but excited!

I'm going to make the actual cake next week, skewer it and add the brandy into the holes once a week (wonder if that's too much?) and then about a week from Christmas I'll do the icing and decorations.

I think we're having my parents over for Christmas as well. It'll be the first time I host them! :)

Here's an idea! How about joining me? I'll be taking photos of my progress, and I would love to see yours! Here's the recipe I'm using. Just note that the recipe is missing the spices, which are VERY IMPORTANT, so add one and half teaspoons of mixed spice to your flour.

Let me know if you'll be joining me!

Taking things for granted

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9 November 2011

Have you ever seen a UFO?

I think I did...when I was very young I saw something in the sky, but looking back it was probably the imaginings of a child who had just watched Wednesday evening's episode of "Sightings".

Another time, quite recently, I was looking out at the clouds coming over the horizon from my balcony at night. The clouds were thick and you couldn't see anything through them, but that evening a bright light seemed to appear in front of the cloud and then recede into it again.

I sometimes think the things you believe in and most would like to see never become apparent to you. They are something that you take for granted, like a new bud on your African Violet, so you don't take notice.

I want to look around more, notice more, appreciate more, and stop taking things for granted.

November 8, 2010

Vampires...all the rage too late?

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8 November 2011

I've been thinking about why vampires are suddenly all the rage, what with the "Twilight" series and the likes of "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries".

I don't know why, but I feel like the entire world is about ten years behind me with regards to the vampire trend.

When I was in high school, I was deep into Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. It was all about the vampires for me back then.

Now, suddenly vampires have reemerged into modern myth as though they are something new. As a result of my earlier interest in vampires, my subsequent interest in the vampire stories of today has waned, something like the sliver of the moon just before it's new.

Why is it that I don't feel the same interest as others do in the latest vampire films?

I like to think that it's a stage that the media goes through every 10 years. They need something shocking to bring people back to the television. I know that "True Blood" is apparently quite shocking.

Maybe I'm just "over it"! :)