A few things

I have a few different things I want to tell you about today.

The first one is to wish a very happy birthday to Sammy’s mom, Pam. Here is a video made by blogging pals. I hope you like it.

If you don’t know Sammy and his mom, you will find them at onespoiledcat. Every day is fun, but today is a good day to visit because Sammy gives Sammy Hugs on a Wednesday. A Sammy Hug is the prize for winning the Tuesday Teaser, but he also gives hugs to those of us who didn’t have a clue where the photograph was taken!

Sammy, make sure you save some special Sammy Hugs for your mom today! Have a great day!

A royal pardon

A few weeks ago, I asked you, “Is Jiminy guilty?” Someone, or something, had been feasting on succulent shoots of wisteria. Opinion was divided. Although the evidence was compelling, it was circumstantial. Even those of you who thought he was definitely guilty pleaded for clemency.

He never was in any danger, unless indigestion counts as danger! But, to put your minds at ease, I have arranged for him to receive a royal pardon. He is officially granted free access to the wisteria. Nothing has changed really, except that Jiminy has a fancy scroll. He’ll probably eat it!

Jiminy'y royal pardon

Jiminy’s royal pardon

(Attribution for blank scroll: By Thajudheeneh (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons)

Thank you

Last week I wrote about kopi luwak coffee and the cruelty involved in its production. I want to thank you all for caring about this. I was thrilled by your response. Many of you signed the petition and followed the links and you shared the post in various ways. The post has reached many more readers than I would normally expect. I really appreciate your help in spreading the word about this.

Thank you very much.

See you next Wednesday!

Is Jiminy guilty?

I have a mystery for you this week. There is some fairly compelling evidence to suggest that Jiminy the cricket is guilty, but we’ve all been in the wrong place at the wrong time! I’ll tell you about it and let you decide.

It all began last summer, the female biped was training the wisteria to form a fan shape in the corner of the garden. The growing shoots kept getting eaten and there was always a cricket nearby. She said that she knew it was the same cricket because one of his back legs was missing. She named him Jiminy!

Jiminy - the prime suspect

Jiminy – the prime suspect

The biped went and looked at the wisteria most days and clipped the new growth into the position she wanted. I would usually stroll around and sniff at more interesting things while she did this. Sometimes I would go and check on what she was doing and she would show me another chewed shoot and say that Jiminy had been busy again. He was usually nearby and he would stare at us from behind a leaf, as though we couldn’t see him.

The male biped asked her why she didn’t shoo the cricket away. She explained that Jiminy had a back leg missing and might not survive somewhere else. The male laughed and said that there was obviously no other option than to allow Jiminy to feed on succulent wisteria shoots.

A day or two later we went outside and found Jiminy right next to a chewed shoot. He was hiding behind one of the plant clips looking very guilty. Here is the photograph.

Jiminy next to a chewed wisteria shoot

Jiminy next to a chewed wisteria shoot

Now it’s time for you to decide and cast your vote. Jiminy was always near the chewed shoots, but he was never actually caught with one in his mouth. He could be as innocent as a dog who just happens to be near an overturned rubbish bin or a cat next to an empty goldfish bowl – you decide!

The wisteria has been growing like a weed since then and the photograph below shows it in flower this Spring. It produces enough shoots to keep Jiminy and quite a few of his friends very well fed.

See you next Wednesday!

Wisteria in flower this Spring

Wisteria in flower this Spring