Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The forests of the frozen south

Look at the front of the penguin flock - another left-facing one! (or right, from our point of view).

Oh, one should never attempt ponderous little witticisms - I do know, of course, that there are no trees in the Antarctic (see previous post and an earlier one). Not that I'm an expert in chilly areas; I don't watch David Attenborough programmes very much in case they're a bit red in tooth and claw. I wouldn't like, for example, to see a penguin being eaten by a polar bear. (Joke. I know ...)
Of course, to be strictly accurate, Santa doesn't belong in the Antarctic either since as we all know he lives in Lapland. (Or does the southern hemisphere think differently?)
Here are two Scottish Santas. I wonder if they might get eaten any time soon. I fear it's possible.

I went out to dinner with my ex-colleagues today to celebrate the end of term. It was really lovely to meet them all again and hear the college news. I was puzzled when I turned up at the restaurant at 1.30 this afternoon to find that none of them was there. This is because the booking was for 7.30 this evening, as I found out after texting them all to ask where they were. I fear retirement may be allowing my brain to decay even faster than I'd thought.

9 comments:

Molly said...

What I would like to know is whareis those Scottish Santas not wearing kilts?

Molly said...

Oh dear!Translation from the above gibberish: "why are" ....brain cells are dropping like flies here too!

Jennifer said...

No, in the southern hemisphere we firmly believe that Santa lives in Lappland when he isn't delivering goodies.....and sacks of coal! Good to see another rebel penguin going against the herd....or should it be flock?

rachel said...

Stopping fretting about those left-facing penguins, Isabelle! They are the lookouts. Every bunch of penguins needs lookouts, to warn them of the arrival of polar bears, Arctic foxes, David Attenborough, the postman, and, of course, Santa....

Marcheline said...

Completely random question.... why do you have the number 18 written on a piece of paper in your post from Dec. 18th, a number 19 written on a piece of paper in a photo you posted on the 19th, and a 21 (in the chocolate Santa photo) in your post on the 21st? The numbers match the date, but do not seem to have anything to do with the photos that they are shown in.

Also, am I the only one who noticed this?

K said...

Marcheline - I think those are the wrappings from the parcels that D2 sent. I've seen them and they were definitely numbered.

Isabelle said...

Indeed they were. A little present for each day of Advent from Daughter 2, wrapped by her and numbered by her to match each day. And then opened by us on the appropriate day.

patty said...

don't worry about the brain cells, we are all in the same boat!

besomom said...

I've enjoyed your advent posts! How sweet your daughter was to give this to you. I wish I were such a thoughtful daughter to my own parents.

Have a very Merry Christmas!!