Gandalf’s Gambols – I

The Cat’s Mother’s affair with JRR Tolkien’s Gandalf began in 1976, at school.  Her class teacher read the story aloud, to the English class;  she recalls listening, rapt, to every last syllable of Bilbo Baggins’ travails.  To the then thirteen-year-old, yet-to-be Cat’s Mother, Gandalf’s presence was significant and omnipresent; other characters, she confesses, faded into … More Gandalf’s Gambols – I

Spiders for Sofia

Last week I was delighted to see a post from a blog pal who had gone silent for a while. I had missed her posts: usually of teeny weeny creatures – magnificent shots. I had promised her, a long time ago, when we’d had a chat (on her blog or mine, I don’t remember) about one of her spiders, that I’d share my discovery that rain spiders have a “headlamp”. … More Spiders for Sofia