It’s rainy. It’s the school holidays. This week we’ve been sketching a bit in the good ol’ museums of Oxford, and then eating cake.
Giant salamander & aardvark in NHM:
Sketching Weakly has been back at the Oxford Natural History Museum, & being a sucker for a nicely turned antenna couldn’t resist this mantis or this earwig:
You’re perambulating along, by foot or bike or car (or whatever your preference), and you see a particularly lovely patch of roadside wilderness that has been allowed to grow untrimmed, and now it’s waving gently in the breeze. You may want to say “Well done!” And now you can, with the Sketching Weakly Wild Verges Award. Simply cut out & nominate the stretch of road where your lovely verge was, and send to your local county council strimming department.
And this bit of Regent’s Park for nice Cow Parsley:
Transport your egg to Paris by making this unfeasibly fiddly egg cup.
WARNING: the FIDDLINESS LEVEL involved in making this is rated EXTREME.
Our street tends to be often perilously bedeckled with dog poo. Usually right outside our own doorstep, where there is a lamp post. To help stop occasions of dismay at inadvertently stepping in an offering, Sketching Weakly brings you the Cut-Out & Keep Turd Alert Flags.All you need to make them is: scissors, Pritt stick, cocktail sticks, a small amount of cardboard box, and a print out of this pdf (see link below):
Now you can draw attention to a hazardous dropping, and also try & match the poo with its possible creator.
Make sure you don’t step in the same turd twice.
Tree on the way there:
NOT DROWNING BUT WAVING – THE GOLDFISH DISASTER CONTINUES….
Their earthly fishy bodies are dead – but what is next for Lewis and Paul?
Elementary Fish Keeping: Lesson One
We knew Paul, Lewis and Stewart, Herbie’s goldfish, were tough; they’d survived the winter and also not been fed for 11 months.
But when your goldfish spend all their time with their little noses at the surface of the pond, they are not being friendly and sociable, but MOUTHING SILENT CRIES OF HELP AS THEY SLOWLY ASPHYXIATE.
It was too late to save brave little Lewis and Paul, who lost the battle against total lack of oxygen.
But maybe not too late for Stewart.
Luckily we live near the The Best Fish-Keeping Shop in the Universe, the Goldfish Bowl, where Barry was able to declare our water to be deadly poisonous and tell us what to do to stop the catastrophe.
Elementary Fish Keeping : Lesson Two
Even if you’ve got frogs in it, your pond may not be the harmonious ecosystem you think it is. Too many snail suicides and too much sludge may have turned your water toxic.
We are not proud of our negligent and woeful fish-keeping. But Stewart is still afloat and the frog triplets are keeping him company until our pond water is declared safe for more aquatic life forms.