Archive | January, 2009

Winter Watching

29 Jan

Up back the snow is knee deep or over in places that have not been walked daily.  There are two crunchy layers one’s feet go through each step.  A walk off the daily route took 45 minutes.  Hawthorne followed my trail a lot of the time instead of romping off on his own.  The snow depth and layers today ensured he came home nice and tired.  Last night another three or so inches were added to the day’s 4+.

Many nights now we watch a segment from one of the David Attenborough series.  We loved The Life of Birds.  We make fun of  silly Darwinian comments like “The birds plan their young to coincide with the fish spawn” or “With uncanny foresight storks lay three eggs  since they know only one chick will survive” which seem to indicate animals are better planners than most people, among other things. Adaptation and selection are believable, but family planning?

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We also enjoyed The Life of Mammals and are now just starting The Blue Planet, the first episode of which was superb.

We like the local library.  A lot.

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Fala Chinchilla

28 Jan

We have a furry visitor now.  He lives in the bathroom.  His ancestors were from the Andes so he fits right in with others in our family.

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He spent last week home alone after being in a school classroom for a couple weeks.  That is when he lost his rump fur.  Depressed?  But now he is here and having lots of fun.   He gets plenty of time out from his pen to bounce around and up and off things in the bathroom.  And he has met new friends, too.

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He came with chinchilla chow (think rabbit pellets), but like all other creatures in our home he has discovered he likes lots of different foods.  Pomegranate arils, wheat  grains,  wild rose hips, dried mint stems, rudbeckia and aster seed heads, horse hay, ornamental grass heads.

Fala is crepuscular so he takes lots of naps during the day.  He makes quite a variety of little noises, from the loud (for him) snitting to indicate displeasure that you are sticking your hand in his pen, to quiet little hums and high pitched soft grunts to beg for another grain of wheat.  He likes being itched under his chin and forelegs just as Banner did.

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