25 September 2015

Fragment Friday - The Glass Museum Edition

I realize not everyone is as fascinated by glass as I am, so bear with me as I indulge in some pictures of various glass types found at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.

I'm sure cats everywhere disdain being made whimsical in this manner...
Glass blowing demo where the properties of heated glass are explored.

When vases go wild. And the difficulties of photographing glass behind glass. 

A chandelier I would love to have in my home.

Thousands of years ago our ancestors were making neat things from glass.

I think everyone should have a glass octopus in their home.

Glass mosaics are fascinating to look at - close up or far away.

If you didn't like the view out your window, you could get Tiffany or someone to make you a new one.

Why yes, cats in glass are just as arrogant as their living, breathing counterparts.

19 September 2015

The Periphery Jets Back

The Periphery returns from its hiatus with pictures to entertain you. What would a vacation be without food and animals? My Anonymous brother and 'sister-in-law', Nonny Moose kept us well fed and entertained.

Introducing the new King of someone else's castle, Gunther.
And the new Queen, Minnie. She did not like the paparazzi stalking her. 
It's that time of year, when garden tomatoes abound. They're great to eat fresh off the vine with a little salt, or--

made into fiery salsa with garden peppers and onions.
Sink kitty approved all meals and their remains.
Meanwhile, at a Fiber Festival, we ran into this llama, who had a lot to say. Much of it seemed to be, "You need to buy more yarn, you don't have enough yarn ...."

This alpaca meditated before his fan, thinking deep thoughts about fiber blends. I bought some of his lovely wool.
Nonny Moose and I swooned over this fluffy fellow. Angora, so, so soft, and so, so expensive. Fifteen pounds of rabbit doesn't yield a lot of wool to play with. He seemed to enjoy being plucked, however.
What vacation would be complete without Birdy Kreep and his sonic squawks?

The birds outside were a lot quieter!

Next week - Rivers and glass.

21 August 2015

Fragment Friday - The Hiatus Edition

  The Dynamic Duo, leashed.
Life on the Periphery is going off the grid for a brief hiatus to enjoy the end of summer. Meanwhile, enjoy some Corgi pics to tide you over. 

Baby Max enjoying the couch.

Baby Merlin doubling as a fox.

Action Max with Stick of Doom
Merlin explains physics.
Max explains hedgehog destuffing.
Max and Merlin compete in synchronized fetching.

14 August 2015

Fragment Friday - The Vegetable Edition

Garden with bonus Bruno and fence patrolling Corgis.

Cabbage is related to broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts, it descends from a wild field cabbage. It was likely domesticated somewhere in Europe before 1000 BC, although savoys were not developed until the 16th century. Ancient Greeks and Romans ate cabbage. Sauerkraut was used by Northern European sailors to prevent scurvy during long ship voyages.

The tomato is botanically a berry fruit although it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes.
Tomatoes originated in the South American Andes and its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread throughout the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas. The recorded history of tomatoes in Italy dates back to 31 October 1548. The earliest reference to tomatoes being grown in North America is from 1710.

Carrots are root vegetables, usually orange in colour, though purple, red, white, and yellow varieties exist.The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is a taproot, although the greens are sometimes eaten as well. The word carrot was first recorded in English around 1530. Carrot seeds have been found in Switzerland and Southern Germany dating to 2000–3000 BC.
Carrots are 88% water, 4.7% sugar, 2.6% protein, 1% ash, and 0.2% fat.

Cucumber is a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family, and originated in India but now grows on most continents  The cucumber is listed among the foods of ancient Ur, and the legend of Gilgamesh describes people eating cucumbers. Cucumbers grown to eat fresh are called slicing cucumbers. They are mainly eaten in the unripe green form, since the ripe yellow form normally becomes bitter and sour. Cucumbers can be pickled for flavor and longer shelf-life.

Lettuce is an annual plant of the daisy family Asteraceae. Lettuce was first cultivated by the ancient Egyptians who turned it from a weed, whose seeds were used to produce oil, into a food plant grown for its succulent leaves. Lettuce flowers more quickly in hot temperatures. The domestication of lettuce over the centuries has resulted in several changes through selective breeding.
Types of lettuce - Leaf, Romaine/Cos, Iceberg/Crisphead, Butterhead – Also known as Boston or Bibb lettuce, Summercrisp, Stem, Oilseed.

Now, go make yourself a salad!

*All information gleaned from Wikipedia.

07 August 2015

Fragment Friday - The Flashback Edition

Since it's that time of year, when watery hose monsters emerge from their winter sleep, I thought I would repost a video of Merlin chasing his nemesis, the Water from the Green Hose. No Corgis, hoses or gardens were harmed in the making of this video.  

In other news, the Editors of Gyroscope review were interviewed by Six Questions For... blog. Want to know what we look for in a poetry submission, or what gets our goat? It's all there, in glorious black and white. Head on over and check it out. 

Did you know today was "Homemade Pie and International Beer Day?"  Didn't think so, you've got some catching up to do!  Apple pie for me, and a Sapporo.  How about you?

And if you're too late on the pie and beer, tomorrow is "Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night". You know you want to. How else are you going to get rid of 27 pounds of green squash? I love zucchini bread, but I'm only willing to eat so much of it. Share the love. Your neighbors will thank you for it. Or chuck tomatoes at your head. 

Flashback Merlin with Bonus Basketball.