Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Itchy and Scratchy

I've had two Itchy and Scratchy experiences in the last week. The first one was cute and cuddly. As part of activities week at school, a local wildlife centre brought some creatures in for the students to learn about. Someone mentioned the fact that there were meerkats in the hall and I was off ... I love meerkats and could not resist the chance to get up close to one. What's better than meeting a meerkat? Meeting TWO meerkats - 'Itchy' and 'Scratchy'. Itchy was in his cage but Scratchy was out being sociable and I got the chance to chat to him and give him a little tickle behind his ears. I feel like we bonded. But not as much as he bonded with one of the other secretaries, he took one look at her long, curly hair, climbed onto her shoulder and nestled down for a nap. So cute. Although it did mean she smelt of 'Eau de Meerkat' for the rest of the day. I digress.
So today's challenge from Shimelle is flower related, close ups and all different angles. It's not quite so sunny here today but I homed in on a bunch of clover that we have in our garden. I love the way it opens up so prettily in the sunny daytime, then gently closes up as dusk falls. I mostly love it because it is an off cut from a huge display my parents had in their garden and it's a little part of them and brings back happy memories. So that's where I started.

But then I had an idea to drag a pot with perlagoniums in it into the centre of the lawn and photograph that. And that's when I noticed that my bare legs were a bit itchy. And I kept wanting to scratch the skin on my arms where I was leaning on the grass to take an 'upwards' shot. Then I noticed some little green pellets on the grass ... and then I remembered the card that had been put through the door telling us that the lawn care people had been round today to put summer dressing on the lawn ... and to keep off the grass for 24 hours because of the chemicals. Too late ...............

8 comments:

Rachel said...

Oh no. Hope your legs are ok. We love meerkats too, we live really close to Chester Zoo and went over a couple of weeks ago to see their new baby meerkats, so cute.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Oh no! I hate craft related injuries!
Rinda

Scrappi Sandi said...

Lovely meerkat story...but hope those limbs are OK now...so glad to hear I'm not the only one who does things like that!!

humel said...

Ohh, meerkats!! Lovely :-)

Itchy reactions to chemicals? Not so good - poor you xx (How we suffer in our commitment to Shimelle, hey?!)

Cheryl said...

Oh no poor you hope it is not still itching. I also love meerkats they are so cute x

jennifer said...

Oh no, poor you! Suffering in the name of your art eh?

Great meerkat story, I've never taken my little girl to a zoo and I must as I think she'd love it! x

Sian said...

Suffering for your art is right! I hope the itching has cleared up now.

Meerkats are cool. We took my little nephew to the zoo to see them beacuse he loves the advert, but it was too wet and they wouldn't come out. So we didn't get to bond!

Deb said...

How fun that you got to see meerkats up close and personal. :o) And the photo of your flowers is lovely! I'm a bit behind on Shimelle's class...I'll catch up this weekend. xo