Friday, 5 August 2011

Why I Went to Yorkshire

This is on the way back. The satnav took me over a moor which was beautiful. There was only one place to stop and it wasn't the best view, but I wanted pictures so here they are. I got out of the car whistling away to myself, and only noticed two men building a wall after a few minutes. They were in camouflage almost so I didn't see them. They were giving me odd looks. Ah well.

Below is Tiger investigating our new housemate. A taxidermy fox from around 1910. I have wanted a fox for ages. I have five birds including a Jay, a Heron and a Woodcock. I love them. It is interesting to me to be able to look at these animals close up. I know that lots of people find it a bit odd, not to say repugnant, but to me it is like having my own natural history museum. I have lots of bones, some skulls, a seahorse, a starfish and somewhere a tarantula skin (currently lost though) and some rattle snake earrings. I suppose as well as the natural aspect of it I also like the curiosity side.

Both Tiger and Cassie spent ages sniffing and rubbing around Mr Fox. Lily chose to pretend he wasn't there. I can't wait to draw him, paint him and make a felt one-I think! I had better do lots of things with him to make the mad journey up to Yorkshire and back worthwhile! It was a strange journey-it went well but I had a few near misses-mainly other people's fault but one mine-I drove up a works exit to the motorway instead of the entrance slip road to the services, and ended up having to do a very speedy start from the muddy quagmire at the end. Scary. As I nearly got back home a man bumped into the back of my car. I was stationary so that one was not down to me! Luckily it did not damage his or my car. I am glad to be home again today. I have had the dentist this morning, then posted all my eBay sales -I sold seven items!) then visited the cattery where Cassie is staying when we go on holiday soon. It was lovely- I think she will have a good holiday!



A big yellow flower on the ever expanding squash. I can't wait to see the fruit!

10 comments:

Yiota said...

Your place sounds like somewhere those little pupils of yours would like to visit!

→lisa said...

Mr Fox has no idea the risks you went to just to bring him home!

I like old things like that too, things that might be considered creepy by some. When I was a kid, I had a rattlesnake tail that our neighbor gave me. I no longer have it, but I still remember it from time to time.

How long of a drive is it to Yorkshire?

snoopydog said...

Shame your little ones are too young for 'Fantastic Mr Fox'! I LOVE foxes. We often have them in the garden. He looks a very fine specimen. Have a great holiday! Ros

frayedattheedge said...

The heron I can understand ..... but not a fox!!

Lynne said...

Sounds like you had an interesting trip for an interesting buy. Look forward to seeing the artwork you produce from your purchase.
Have a good weekend.

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Linda Sue said...

LOVE the fox! Beautiful even though lifeless- so, what is your etsy shop? not felt and not art I have checked...Almitra was looking with me. she loves the fox as well!

Sam said...

I love how pussy cats inspect everything so thoroughly! So sweet! Sounds like you had a very full time of it! Love the flowers on the squash - can't wait to see it also!

Jenny Woolf said...

I have wondered what animals make of stuffed animals.

Foxes have been so wantonly destructive to my daughter's chickens. so at present I would prefer to see them ALL stuffed!

jabblog said...

I love the fox! I think anything like that in our house would be 'investigated' to destruction by the dogs.