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the perils of a sunny day

1. I put sunscreen on Ju Ju's ears and surrounding area. She wriggles a bit but basically behaves herself.

2. Ju Ju waddles outside and sits in the sunniest spot possible. But her factor 50+ should protect her delicate bear ears.

3. Ju Ju starts washing all the sunscreen off her ears.

4. Repeat.

This is what Ju Ju and I have been doing today. I have spent much of the morning sitting outside as summer has arrived unexpectedly and with astonishly perfect timing, what with it being a Bank Holiday weekend. Last night Patsington and I watched Volver (fantastic) and caught the end of The Passion of the Christ on the telly, which was quite horrifically violent and not, as far as I could see, particularly moving or spiritual (unlike, say, the Marxist Pasolini's The Gospel According to Saint Matthew). Of course, when I think of the Stations of the Cross, I just think of the local primary school production which we witnessed, amid much sniggering, every year when I was a kid, so my standards are probably not the same as Mel "raised by mad fundie anti-semite" Gibson.

Right, back to the back garden. Hurrah for the sun!


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Apr. 7th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Bold Ju Ju!

I watched the P of the C up to him being hauled off to a rather effete-looking Herod. Then I stopped because I was so unutterably bored - it had been violent till then, but nothing past what a scene in a mainstream action movie might be. I'm glad I missed the really nasty bits - and it was very, VERY unmoving. (I could have done without the little demon-kids chasing Judas).

Also, I kept wanting it to be in Aramaic and Greek, not A and Latin, dammit.

Mmmm, garden. I wish I wasn't so pathologically terrified of spiders - my garden's a bizarre temperate rainforest due to my fear of encountering them.
Apr. 7th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
Little demon kids? Good lord! So to speak. When we turned on (accidentally, really - when we turned off the DVD it went to RTE2) it was just before Simon of Cyrene helped with the cross carrying so we missed the actual scourging-at-the-pillar bit, but the rest of the journey to Calvary was absolutely horrific, lots of whipping and pushing at Jesus's face being so caked with blood he could barely see until Veronica came along (and when Jesus's robe was removed, he had practically been skinned, so the scourging scene must have lasted quite a while). And the actual nailing bit was pretty bad. Also, the unrepentent thief got his eyes picked out by a crow immediately after he sneered at Jesus, which I don't remember being in the Bible (it wasn't, was it?). It all seemed to come straight out of medieval, pre-Renaissance Catholic imagery; it was very odd and seemed designed to just bludgeon the viewer into a state of shocked fear rather than give anyone a genuine sense of a great spiritual event or sacrifice. It really revelled in the violence. Urgh!

Ju Ju is now lurking in a flower bed, but seems to have stopped ear-cleaning!
Apr. 7th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
the perils of a sunny day

Fabulous long weekends are such hard work! I'm glad you've got it as good there as it is here. I've abandoned Thomas and Muffin to the tender mercies of a cat-sitter and am enjoying the delights of sunny Norfolk. It's gorgeous!
Apr. 7th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
What kind of sunscreen does Ju Ju use? Does she recommend it? Does it taste nice?
Apr. 7th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
Heh, she is currently using the Factor 50+ Vichy stuff I got from the beauty editor at work (the beauty editor didn't know it was going to be used on Ju Ju, but probably wouldn't mind as she likes cats). Ju Ju seems to like the application and find it soothing, but has not yet mentioned the taste!
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