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decorating and wildlife

So, I am going through paint charts looking for colours to paint my new boudoir, and it's dawning on me that while I go around thinking I have painted an entire room before (because I did), said decorating took place in 1989. Which means my mad paint skillz are a little bit rusty. For example, I can't remember whether I should paint the walls or the woodwork first. And god knows where the fitted wardrobes, which take up an entire wall and which P's sister misguidely painted a rather hideous shade of dark red to match one of the walls, fit into this equation. Sigh. I have a feeling I'll have to paint those dark walls about ten million times to cover up the depressing shade, which is more suited to a dank Victorian dining room.

In other news, while going for a remarkably pleasant walk in the park this afternoon, I saw a heron hunting for fish in the stream which runs through the park. You see herons all the time in Irish rivers, but this one was only about two feet away from me, and I stayed and watched it catching minnows for a while. Then it turned and started strutting up the stream, and I went round and followed it until it saw me and flew off. I'd never seen a heron flying before, and it was very strange, not least because its legs are, like, a foot long. Anyway, it was pretty cool. Although it's about time I saw another fox there.

In other animal news, Ju Ju has met Bubbles (the new next door kitten) face to face. Let's just say it wasn't the beginning of a beautiful friendship - Bubbles seemed nonplussed, but Ju Ju hissed wildly at her tiny new rival. Oh well.

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idella
Jul. 14th, 2004 11:15 am (UTC)
I'm more likely to see a heron flying that not. I live in a suburb on the very edge of a medium-sized city in Southwestern Ontario, and herons occasionally hang out in the ponds in my neighbourhood. There's a wetland area across the street from these ponds, and the odd time I see them flying back and forth. They're very pretty, in a strange sort of way.

There's a painted heron next to a pond on a back road that we take when we drive to the farm, and the first time we saw it we thought it was real.
protoainsley
Jul. 14th, 2004 12:47 pm (UTC)
How big are foxes?
stellanova
Jul. 14th, 2004 03:44 pm (UTC)
Most of the ones I've seen are about the size of a medium-sized dog, except very lean and with quite long legs - and of course, huge bushy tails! They're really cool animals, although farmers probably don't agree with me on that one. They're increasingly common in urban areas, and as we're next to a big park, we get more than most. We usually see at least one when driving home late at night!
anglaisepaon
Jul. 14th, 2004 04:23 pm (UTC)
Maybe if you put a really heavy primer on the wardrobes you wouldn't have to do quite so much painting.

I helped a friend paint her apartment recently. We did the walls first and then the woodwork...but since we're all painting fools, I'm not sure if that's the right order. Still, it looks pretty good. :)
barsine
Jul. 15th, 2004 12:42 am (UTC)
Bird books call the heron's flight 'ponderous' ... I think that describes it very well.

On the wildlife front, I saw two snails mating when I was in Jersey.
stellanova
Jul. 15th, 2004 02:58 am (UTC)
Heavens! And, urgh. That's almost as....charming as the time Patrick saw the two college ducks getting hot and heavy in Fellows' Square.
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