Friday, June 29, 2012


I'm teaching a dog to lip read. Tipsy is deaf. I'm teaching her "Walkie walkie".

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


This one is past its best, very overripe.
It was a bit of a rip-off at £10, reduced to £8,
but the vendor wouldn't cut it.

The fruit has a strong fragrance that some like, though not me.
The seeds are like nuts and can be peeled & boiled or roasted.
They are starchy like potato and almost tasteless
with a texture like butter beans, when cooked. Supposedly high
in various nutrients, but don't take my word for it.

We had a small soursop, a.k.a. guanabana - or, in the Philippines, guyabano - here the other day but I neglected to photograph it. They too can grow as big as jackfruit, as I have seen them growing on a tree trained to a wall near Manila. Soursop is well-named and harsh to eat but makes an interesting juice drink. My wife loves jackfruit but I find the sweet smell nauseating.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A complaint against the weather on Midsummer's Day

It's too chilly for a wee dog who has just had her annual trim! She needs all her blankets, including Mam's cardigan. Ye druids, file this complaint.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A wood sprite escaped but armless

Oh pitiful, such an elegant sprite,
but surely the limb will regrow.
A bit quicker with the camera and I had
the story of the century.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mangosteen, guava, mango, papaya

Mangosteen. Extraordinary hard-shelled fruit.
The edible part is a bit like lychee.

Guava. The texture is a bit like a crunchy pear.

Clockwise from top left: papaya, mangosteen, mango, guava.

Friday, June 15, 2012


The ripe fruit is contained in a dry, crumbly shell like an oversize pea pod. Inside is a chain of stones robed in sticky, piquant black fruit. It has the exquisite taste used in the popular Filipino sinegang broth.