Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Shutterbug

This is a post of random photos of nice things. I think you'll enjoy it.



First up, a dose of sperical hamsteroid cutitude. (I love that phrase, courtesy of FN. I can't stop saying it!)

This Bluto. Eating a bean. Or smoking a giant, green cigar.

HOW CUTE IS THAT!?!?!












Secondly, I need these shoes. They have rainbows on them! AND rainbow laces! I am the RAINBOW KID. I've been nuts for rainbows since i was knee-high to ladybug. It's not a gay-pride thing (though i'm down with that, too), it's just an I LOVE RAINBOWS thing.

But I just can't bring myself to pay 40 quid for a pair of canvas shoes that might last me one year if i'm lucky.

*sigh*

(What I need is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow shoes. Hehehe!)






This is a photo of the English countryside. It's pretty. There are hills and pastures, a church steeple and an exceptionally beautiful horse, none of which are in short supply as near as I can tell. What makes this countryside special is that it's visible from the bicycle path i ride on the way to the boat house every week, so this view is part of my regular commute. And gosh, it's lovely. I'm nuts for that horse. I've met him up close, and he's an absolute fucking monster: huge, sleek, muscular. He's probably named Goliath or some such. I don't know, but I'm nuts about him.

Last and certainly least we have a spot of false advertising and a rather disappointing confectionary. These so-called "American Hard Gums" are not American. They are obviously meant to mimick gum drops, but much to my consternation they are a woeful imitation. For one thing, they're too hard. Gum drops should be less chewy and more gelly-like. For another thing, the sugar on the outside is too fine. Proper gum drops have coarse sugar on them. But most significan of all is the flavor. Not only are the flavors too weak, but they're the wrong flavors altogether! Let me just state this for the record: No where, from the Gulf Stream waters to the Redwood forests will you find blackcurrant flavored candy. Black gumdrops are supposed to taste like licorice, people! And the red ones are cinnamon, the white ones peppermint, the green ones spearmint, the yellow ones are lemon and the orange ones are orange. The last two the "Hard Gums" people managed to get right, but they fucked the rest of them up. You people do good horses, good countryside, and lovely churches, but you've got a hell of a lot to learn about gum drops.

18 comments:

LC said...

Seriously, what is it with girls and horses?

Chaucer's Bitch said...

Horses are the ideal men: giant, sleek, muscular, hung (like a horse!), and happily ridden to exhaustion.

hendrix said...

true..and then of course you can turn them back out into the fields.

Cheap white canvas sneakers, some fabric paint and a couple of hours.

Liquorice flavour gum drops. Lovely...

rockmother said...

Hi. You will probably be able to get those rainbows on ebay. Or - it's a longshot but if you know anyone who lives in or is travelling through Bangkok - they make Converse there and they are £8 a pair. I know because I bought 5 pairs back in April. Damn - if I'd known!

No Shit Sherlock said...

You can buy rainbow thingummys... Shoelaces from most shoe shops and also hippy shops and the Blue Banananananna. But I'm not sure where that is in Bristol. So... I dunno. Maybe Glasto?

Billy said...

Hamster: very cute!
Shoes: that's that shop on Park Street isn't it. (I'm worried I recognise it)
Countryside: I prefer the compact and easily reachable "countryside" of parks.
Us ripping off American sweets in an unsatifying way: sucks.

Chaucer's Bitch said...

HC: will bring you some if possible.

RM: ebay only had a size 6, and i'm a 7. bugger. flatmate is thai, tho, so i might enlist her sevices. thanx for the tip.

NSS: blue banananananan. never hoid of it. will investigate. ta!

Billy: yep, that's the shop on park street. you are local! we've probably passed on the street! next time you see a gigantic woman with tree-trunk legs walking up park street wearing lycra shorts, stop and say "howdy."

Billy said...

CB, I'm a Lahdahn boy now. My folks still live just outside of Brissle so I can often be found hanging around Park Street and the like when I'm visiting.

Loganoc said...

Ah that stupid shop never has any shoes my size anyway, but then I'm size 8. I like the current display with red and white shoes in a st georges cross shape. Hmm glittery red shoes...

First Nations said...

1. he is round! and cute! and eating a bean! the cutie patootie-ness of the hamsteroid asteroid! circling the cuteness planetoid!!!
*drops into a diabetic coma*

hey, im crafty. you send me a blank white pair of converse hitops and ill do em up nice for you.

Hannah said...

That hamster is adorable, if liable to be confused with a chinchilla with a nicotine addiction.

hendrix said...

put it into your ebay searches and then they'll email you when a pair in your size come up.

Also - just thought - re the gum drop problem. Have you tried fruit pastilles. i can't promise that the flavours are the right ones for the colours but the sugars coarse and they're chewy.

mushroom said...

Nice hamster dude!

Chaucer's Bitch said...

Badger, badger, badger, badger,
Badger, badger, badger, badger,
Badger, badger, badger, badger,
MUSHROOM! MUSHROOM!

Welcome, Mushroom. Thanks.

ZB said...

Ah, England's green and pleasant land...

There's not a lot of it left...

Because they keep ploughing up the green fields and putting four hundred executive homes on them...

Tabby Rabbit said...

Very cute small mammal pic.

Nice shoes. Unusual (you should just give something up for a few weeks and get them) saying that I too am deliberating over a pair of All Stars - they are brown with pink flowers on them (if I was going to invest* I will go for low cut ones). * Yes, exactly - bit of rain and wear and they'll be lucky to last a few months. But they're so nice..

No Shit Sherlock said...

It's not Banananananana. It's plain old Blue Banana. But I forget how to stop spelling it. XD

Chaucer's Bitch said...

(psst, NSS! I know. I was taking the piss.)