Well, here we are with ABC Wednesday once more!Â This one’s easy, is it not?Â I think ‘S‘ is the most-used consonant in the English language!
The first thing I thought of, when I began my weekly stroll through the house with my camera, was food.Â I don’t know why.Â It’s not as though I’m hungry, having just eaten a spaghetti dinner, but there you go. Â Anyway, here’s something interesting for you.
Interesting, and just a little startling.Â This is ‘Safe to Eat‘ soup, and if you look carefully, you may be able to see that there is a list of things which it does not contain.Â In case you can’t read it, here’s the list: Celery, Fish, Lupin, Molluscs, MSG, Mustard, Peanuts, Sesame Seeds, Shellfish, Soya, Sulphites, Wheat and Yeast.Â The startling thing is that anyone would imagine that half this stuff might be in minestrone soup in the first place!Â I am, however, very glad indeed to know that it doesn’t contain them, particularly the fishy ones, because I am seriously allergic to most fish.
Here’s a fish I can eat, however -
Luckily for me, I really like sardines, and I try to eat them often.Â They’re very good for you!
Talking of food that I like, here’s something sweet.
Sambirano chocolate, the best chocolate you can buy.Â Unless it’s Mora Mora, but that’s made by the same people anyway.Â The good thing about Sambirano chocolate – apart from the stupendous taste – is that it is not sourced from the Ivory Coast, like most chocolate.Â I’m told there is a lot of child slavery involved in chocolate production there.
OH loves chocolate too, but this is his chocolate of choice -
Cadbury’s Shots.Â They are rather nice, being just solid balls of chocolate with a candy shell, but they’re rather too sweet for me.
Food can be too sweet, you see, but dogs cannot.Â This strikingly beautiful greyhound was called Susan.
Susan was the sweetest thing .. as long as you were a person or a greyhound-shaped dog.Â Everything else, no matter what, seemed to be fair game to her.Â She was learning to restrain herself, and learning very well, but sadly we only had her five and a half months before she succumbed to kidney cancer.
The portrait of her you see here was done for me by Son No. 1.Â He’s very talented and has painted or drawn each of my dogs for me in various different styles.Â He’s a little put out that we’ve had this painting for over a year and haven’t framed it yet, but when he gave it to us he said not to do it right away because it needed to dry out a little.Â Since then, we’ve been putting it off until we get everything that we want framed all together to be done at once.Â We’ll do it soon.Â In the meantime, let me tell you, I’m extremely fond of this work of art.
Since losing The Princess and The Pirate earlier this year, a lot of the dog stuff has been in storage.
If you look carefully, there are one or two ‘S‘s in there, too.Â ‘Stay at Home‘ pee pads, a silver brocade collar, shampoo, and some little rubber socks for injured paws.Â The DAP products are for stress relief – and the CD of firework and thunder noises is for de-sensitising a fearful dog.
It won’t be long before we can unpack a lot of that stuff.Â Know why?
For Sid, of course!
We took the svelte and beautiful Sid out for a walk at the weekend. Â He moves surprisingly fast despite his missing leg, and seemed to enjoy being out with us in the sunshine.Â Sid will be coming to live with us very soon, if all goes well with his cat-testing!
Someone else who’s svelte and rather beautiful, but won’t be coming to live with us in the foreseeable future is this man -
Mr September – otherwise known as Johnny Depp.Â He’s a superstar of the silver screen, you know!
He’s made a lot of ‘S‘ movies.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, ‘but not all of those movies begin with ‘S‘!’Â Well, no,they don’t.Â But he was Agent Sands in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spencer Armacost in The Astronaut’s Wife, Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, and Sam in Benny and Joon. Â See?
Now, to finish, here’s something some of you asked to see.
This is my magnolia ‘Susan‘ in flower.Â Spectacular, isn’t it?Â Of course, ‘Susan’ is quite young as yet, and she’ll get bigger and more spectacular with time.Â This little tree is my living memorial for the Susan in the picture up above.
Oh .. one more thing, especially for Carolina.Â It’s her beloved Data … seated!
In his Starfleet uniform, of course.Â Lt-Commander Data is a character in Star Trek: The Next Generation.Â He has a cat called Spot, and is played by the actor Brent Spiner.
And he sings!