Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Now you must know that a Town Mouse once upon a time went on a visit to his cousin in the country. He was rough and ready, this cousin, but he loved his town friend and made him heartily welcome. Beans and bacon, cheese and bread, were all he had to offer, but he offered them freely. The Town Mouse rather turned up his long nose at this country fare, and said: "I cannot understand, Cousin, how you can put up with such poor food as this, but of course you cannot expect anything better in the country; come you with me and I will show you how to live. When you have been in town a week you will wonder how you could ever have stood a country life." No sooner said than done: the two mice set off for the town and arrived at the Town Mouse's residence late at night. "You will want some refreshment after our long journey," said the polite Town Mouse, and took his friend into the grand dining-room. There they found the remains of a fine feast, and soon the two mice were eating up jellies and cakes and all that was nice. Suddenly they heard growling and barking. "What is that?" said the Country Mouse. "It is only the dogs of the house," answered the other. "Only!" said the Country Mouse. "I do not like that music at my dinner." Just at that moment the door flew open, in came two huge mastiffs, and the two mice had to scamper down and run off. "Good-bye, Cousin," said the Country Mouse. "What! going so soon?" said the other. "Yes," he replied; "Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear." (Aesop's Fables)
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
... that dog has a problem.
I'm booking my two best friends into the Batemans Bay Pet Lodge for two nights - with all the optional extras, of course, like bathrobes and slippers and colour television - while I go up to Canberra to let a surgeon cut off part of my ear and do something equally nasty on my leg.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
We've just come back from a walk across the bridge and into the village which has quite a few interesting sights. This hall was built in 1903, judging by the position of the apostrophe, for just ONE mechanic!
Monday, May 11, 2009
... and I'm engrossed in reading Graham Greene's Short Stories.
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