Thursday, July 17, 2008


Hi there, just thought I'd put some more photos of my garden up for my own records really!

I think the washing airer on the right really makes this picture don't you?

Two days ago I found a tiny weeny baby hedgehog wandering along the pavement in town. Thinking that this poor hog wouldn't last an hour with all the traffic I rescued him and he's living in my shed in a shoe box, living off cat food. I will release him today probably in the depths of the countryside but we are really enjoying having 'Hodge' as a guest. He's SOOOO cute. Here's a picture of him!

Who isn't so cute are the students we currently have residing with us. Two fifteen year old girls, one from Italy and one from Barcelona. The one from Barca doesn't speak much English but she is clearly a city girl and knows her stuff. However, the one from Italy is quiet fluent but also rather arrogant. She is from the very bottom of Italy and though her family are rich and she is well educated you can tell she hasn't experienced much in life. She likes heavy metal (AC/DC) but dresses in the typical European uniform of skinny jeans and nice Pepe t-shirt and trainers. I would have thought she was OK but for the fascist tendencies she displayed yesterday at the table while we were introducing her to the delights of the Chinese takeaway. Here are a few quotations from our meal!

"The Chinese are stupid, they cannot speak English or understand anything" (referring to the Chinese on her course)

"They take photos of everything and they can't dance"

"When I told my Dad I was having Chinese tonight, he said 'poor you'" (her father refuses to eat anything other than Italian food).

I asked her what she thought of the tiny amount she managed to put away and she replied;

"I prefer Italian food, my father says Italian food is the best in the world why would we want to eat anything else?"

Oh dear. When she complained about our weather and the fact that the sea round here isn't blue like it is where she lives, I HAD felt quite envious of where she lived but now I know that if I lived in a town where probably the majority of people have the same small town mentality then I would never be happy. Amazing isn't it?


Blogger Donna said...

Hi you :-) Lovely garden RW. Your Italian guest sounds like a right pain in the arse. I bet you'll be glad to see the back of her! I remember my French exchange student. Her family was very strict and she was very well behaved and quite square when I stayed with her. She turned into a total minx when she stayed with us and when my dad wouldn't let her go to discos (I wasn't allowed normally and neither would she have been) she cried at school to her friends and said she was being treated badly. I have never really fancied having exchange students after that.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Trac said...

Cute hedgehog - you are a hero!

Sometimes I think that everyone should be made to live in a 'proper city' for at least two years as part of their life education!

(I say 'proper city' as some cities are just towns with a cathedral)

Cool garden btw...

11:55 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

i would serve her up some hedgehog poo pasta
i thought i had rescued a hedgehog the other day, but when i got it home it was a rather large banksia nut (a hairy australian strange looking nut)...all that wasted emotion. if i'd have been a female and of the victorian era, i would have gathered up my petticoats and scampered home with it.
thanks for the encouragement rambo. you are most kind

12:33 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

i'm very cross to find that you've been sneaking in and out here and no-one told me.

and i shouldn't even be commenting here, as you NEVER comment on my blog...


9:33 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

cute hedgepig


9:33 AM  

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