Thursday, March 3, 2011
What is it about jigsaw puzzles that cats find irresistible? Every single cat I've owned has been unable to stay away from them. Okay, I get that the little pieces are fun to play with, but one cat (the late, great Antonio the Mighty Mouseslayer) would climb into the puzzle box while I was working on it, even if there were pieces in the box. Here we've covered the puzzle in progress and still Clio sits on top of it, right next to the box, as if she has to make sure no more of those tricksy pieces escape. I could just have easily chosen a picture of Gigi sitting on the puzzle, or under the puzzle table with a couple of lost pieces, looking straight at the camera with an innocent "who me?" expression. I guess it's one mystery I can't put together.
Monday, February 28, 2011
What is it about Germany that brings out all these picture-perfect castles? Neuschwanstein was built by a mad king, and this castle, Burg Eltz, has been in the same family for 33 generations. Actually, it's owned by three branches of the same family, one of whom still uses part of the castle. The rest is open to tourists, but at one time there were around 100 family members living in over 100 rooms of the castle. With it still inhabited, no wonder it's still in good shape, with fresh paint and lovely decor inside. I'm not sure why Boy is making a monster face, or holding up six fingers, but at least he's facing the camera.