Well Now

‘You should write about the top three real life animals that look like they’ve been photoshopped’, said my brother, Ty, last night over dinner.

He asked if I had seen the mantis shrimp, which I had not.  This creature’s limbs move so quickly that the water around them boils.  Animals are the best.

So is ‘Orange is the New Black’, who’s with me?!

I moved house.  Well, I moved flat.  From our beloved, noisy, terribly convenient flat in Illovo, to a huge, strange, wonderful space in Linden.  Two flats joined into one.  With wooden floors, a farm house kitchen with hand painted rabbit tiles (I’m not making this up), random Greek style pillars scattered about and a room with a roller shutter door that comes secretively out of the wooden  door frame.  No wonder it was available.  Moving house is a strange, unnerving past time.  Nothing is where it should be.  For two days three of you are eating off of one plate, with a wooden spoon.  And hail sounds different.

But like any change, you get to chuck out the old, celebrate the new and cherish the things that remain, change after change, just the same.

I turned 33.  Which means I was 13 TWENTY years ago.  It also means that I got a record player from my ameezing friends.  And so now my American Horror Story/New Girl house is endlessly filled with the croonings of Frank Sinatra and The Beatles and Janis Joplin.  A note on vinyl, the two that I have recently store bought skip terribly, but the vinyls from my grandmother (40 years or so old) play perfectly to the end.  They really don’t make them like they used to.

Recently, through a series of surreal events, I met a famous person.  And then I made two mistakes.
1.  I was so determined not to come across as a mega fan girl that I said hi, interrupted him mid- sentence and then ran away to get a drink.  In the opposite direction of the bar.
2.  Later I called him by his TV character name.  Twice.

Dear friends, please please learn from my looniness.  If I could do it again (which seems likely because meeting famous people happens all the darn time) I would just.stand.still, say hi and then make conversation about anything, everything. Things! Oh man.

Here now, the mantis shrimp:

More on this gorgeous creature, the source of this pic and all your mantis shrimp info needs here.


[Thank you Adi Koen for the birthday bicycle picture.]

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  1. Movan says:

    Wishing you much happiness in your new home, it sounds wonderful! :-)

    There won’t be vintage cars from this era either, I think. They made them to last back then [and a little before that]!

    The colour palette of that mantis shrimp is totally unreal and beautiful! x x :-)

  2. Ant K says:

    must say you cut a fetching figure on a bicycle !

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