Thursday, November 16, 2006

Update - Various

Ok, I know I've been neglecting Marrickvillia a little lately. But I have a good excuse - the manuscript for my book about cosmetic surgery is due in on December 1 (actually I'm aiming for the end of next week) . So, a few updates, without photos I'm afraid.

Hugh recovered well physically from the attack but did suffer some anxiety about seeing the kids wot done it on the street. I can't write the details here but let's just say that one of them was picked up by the police and after a lengthy process "has been brought to Justice". There was also a completely unexpected and spontaneous apology - I think that was what finally put Hugh's mind at rest. We took him to a martial arts class & he did seem to be into it, but then wasn't keen to go back. I don't think the vocalising and bowing were really him. We thought a skateboard would give him a bit of speed and confidence in the streets of Marrickville so my brother sent him skateboard wheels (and something called a truck?) and we took him to Fox Studios to get the board (it's called a deck)... It was interesting for me to witness the very blokey business of choosing the design (some of them are amazing works of art).

Vegie patch - lettuces have gone to seed, cabbages got attacked by snails (the insides are still ok) and we have tomatoes galore. We put in a "Black Russian" which will be beautiful I think. Corm and sunflowers should be tall soon.

Beer!! The second batch was a huge success and we're planning the 3rd.

Chooks!! We're on a waiting list for 2 chooks and a portable chook house. This is necessary for protein as Ruby and I no longer eat meat or bought eggs (I wrote about it at Sarsaparilla).

Fish!! The sad and lonely goldfish has a friend at last. They swim about next to each other.

Ratties!! Getting tamer by the day. They come out of their penthouse & sit in my hands. Their long delicate whiskers twiddle around all the time. They have lovely round dark eyes.

Sailor!! Snoring.

3 comments:

Zoe said...

Oh, you'll love the chookies. They are really nice little animals.

And your book sounds fascinating. Hopefully you'll be telling us more about it - should be fairly easy to publicise to, at least as far as academic works go!

Dean said...

Well, I'm happy again, now that I know Hugh has recovered from his trauma. Skateboarding sounds like the thing, really. 'Trucks' are the bogies the wheels are attached to: comprising the axle plus the universal joint thingy that gets screwed into the bottom of the deck.

Meredith said...

Dean, telling me a truck is a bogie makes me see little stars & hear a humming sound... mmmmhmhmmmhmhhhmm

Zoe I will invite all Marrickvillia readers to the book launch in about a year's time I imagine.

Now time to finish off Lolo Ferrari & start proof reading Michael Jackson.