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File Under: Getting Old & Boring [20091025|20:18]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I've spent the last three weekends being a happy housewife. Okay, we've done other stuff, like having people round and getting drunk, or going to the pub and getting drunk. But the bits that give me a deep sense of satisfaction and accomplishment have been the housework and the baking. For instance, on Saturday I cleaned the whole house and made zucchini bread, which I refuse to rename "courgette bread" for the Brits. Today, I did all the laundry and hung it outside so it smells nice and fresh. I trimmed back the brambles encroaching from the jungle that masquerades as next door's garden. I dug up a large section of the garden near the house, separated out and replanted all the crocus bulbs I found, and planted a batch of tulips.

After dark, we popped over to the Botanic Gardens for a bizarre event called the "Plant Orchestra". The gardens allowed a Bristolian artist to spend several nights wiring up 60 plants in the Palm House to record the sounds they made. He chose the best 15 for the Orchestra. Visitors walk through the Palm House at night and listen to the recordings. The members of the Orchestra have green flashing LEDs nestled amongst their foliage. The banana palm gurgles. The capsicum crackles. The bamboo sounds like the lurching of a distant train. It is a most peculiar experience, and rather magical, especially when you look up and see the constellations of the northern hemisphere through the roof of the hot tropical glass house.

I fear I'm in great danger of settling down.

If you read this far without falling asleep, congratulations! Have some kitten pictures. And a disheveled Catmother.

Catmother, just awoken & in her oversized dressing gown


The belt on your dressing gown is a toy for me, right?


You cannot resist the combined power of our KAYOOT.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2009-10-25 20:31 (UTC)
kitties!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-28 14:58 (UTC)
Are sitting curled up right outside the door of my studio because they won't let me work when they're in here!
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2009-10-25 20:40 (UTC)
Sounds like a nice life to me.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-28 14:59 (UTC)
It's shaping up quite nicely, I must admit.
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2009-10-25 20:50 (UTC)
zucchini bread, which I refuse to rename "courgette bread" for the Brits.

And why should you? After all, we still have "coq au vin" and "stöllen", as opposed to "Chicken in red wine sauce" and "delicious freaky german fruit cake bread thingy", so I don't see why a non-UK name can't be used in special cases. And I do kind of wish we'd kept "pain perdu" instead of "french toast", but these things do happen.

Also, KITTIES!!!1!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-28 15:01 (UTC)
I love stöllen. I like pronouncing it incorrectly too, as "stolen" , because it makes it sound extra-naughty to be eating it. As if you'd poached it from the forest in the middle of the night.

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[User Picture]From: senusert
2009-10-25 21:16 (UTC)
The only thing that nearly sent me to sleep was the ammount of stuff you did. How much garden did you dig up?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-28 15:02 (UTC)
About a one metre by three metre patch. I need to do another section about the same size this Saturday!
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[User Picture]From: senusert
2009-10-25 21:16 (UTC)
Also, your kittens are far too cute for their own good.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-28 15:02 (UTC)
I know. They're already getting horribly spoiled.
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[User Picture]From: leidan
2009-10-26 01:34 (UTC)
I also totally agree on the zucchini bread thing, despite coming from a courgette speaking country. It sounds stupid and therefore probably tastes bad.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-28 17:32 (UTC)
Exactly. I am firmly of the opinion that there is in fact a great deal in a name.
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[User Picture]From: namey
2009-10-26 02:33 (UTC)
D'awwww.

And the cat pics are cute too. >_>
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-28 17:32 (UTC)
Awww. Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: becala
2009-10-26 02:36 (UTC)
You won't call it courgette bread, but you will call your bathrobe a dressing gown?


:)


Oh, kittens!

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-28 17:30 (UTC)
I like "dressing gown". It's very 19th century.

Poor kittens. They just had their vaccinations. They behaved beautifully but they keep giving me these wounded looks. GUILT.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2009-10-26 03:55 (UTC)
I love the identical looks of contentment on the kittens' faces in the first pic. And the plant orchestra sounds like fun!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-28 17:33 (UTC)
They're like chibi versions of themselves.
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[User Picture]From: leezechka
2009-10-26 04:53 (UTC)
those kittens are ridiculously adorable.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-28 17:34 (UTC)
I felt terrible today because I worked from home, which they were so happy about. But I was working from home so I could take them to the vet for their first round of vaccinations about an hour ago. :-(
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[User Picture]From: swerve
2009-10-26 06:03 (UTC)
The first picture looks as if someone Photoshopped in a second cat. (I actually didn't see the second cat at first. It's very late here.)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-28 17:36 (UTC)
Yes, they do blend together rather well. Telstar has a big Rorschach blot on his belly, which is the only way of telling them apart if you can't see their noses.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-28 17:37 (UTC)
Oh man, pumpkin bread, yum. I'm supposed to be making pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving but the Brits are all "that sounds weird" so I may have to eat it all mysel--hey, I like this idea more now!
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2009-10-26 15:43 (UTC)
It's good you found cats that accent that dressing gown.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-28 17:34 (UTC)
Yes. A pure white cat would have been no good.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2009-10-26 17:47 (UTC)
Kittens!

But also, whatever you call them, those fake-cucumbers are still disgusting!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-10-28 17:35 (UTC)
You can't really taste them, what with all the sugar and candied orange peel and walnuts and vanilla and cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves in the bread. :-D
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