Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Marjorie has been captured by Plutonians.

They came from under the compost heap.

They came up through an inspection cover in the garden.

They came out from behind the Castor Oil plant (which turns out to be a Fatsia Japonica after all).

(I bought it from the W.I. as a very small plant.
You’d think they'd know better!)

They burst through the kitchen door (the Plutonians, not the W.I) and smashed through a window in the living room. (The sage got a bit trampled.)

I shouted at them.

They smiled grimly.

I shouted at Ming to ‘do something’!

He shouted back at me. “What?”

I didn’t know.

So they dragged her, kicking and screaming, into a van. Then they drove off.

(Marjorie was doing the kicking and screaming. The Plutonians were silent; professional.)

* * * * *
The boys are pleased she’s gone. It means they can go back to the room Ming slept in when he first arrived. (They’ve been downstairs on camp beds again while Marjorie’s been with us.)

* * * * *
I can’t understand it.

I keep asking Ming how people from such a beautiful place could behave so badly.

Ming looks stern and says the politics of a planet cannot be determined by its scenery.

(Then he goes into a detailed polemic about ‘Free Will’. (He does it every time.) So I day-dream about how happy I was in the Botanic Gardens (on Pluto). (Which is how I distract myself when I’m bored.) (It was so beautiful there; peaceful.))

* * * * *

I’m listening to Fascinating Aida singing ‘Batman Always Wears Tights’ on the record player.

The Lilly of the Valley has one flower; the nettles have lots.

It’s raining.


Zoë said...

I remember seeing Fascinating Aida when I was about 17 or 18, at the Salisbury Playhouse. It was the first time I had been to a proper theatre, and I felt so sophisticated and grown up; a guest of a friend's family.

They were so funny, I laughed all the way home as we did our own version of the various sketches on the train.

Seems so long ago.


P.S. I understand the Ferengi are equally bad mannered.

Barbee' said...

Nettles: If it is any consolation, there are some kinds of butterflies that lay their eggs on nettles. You should soon have adult butterflies floating about the garden checking out your nettles, then in several days, new butterflies floating around. That is almost as good as more flowers. Keep us posted if you see any butterflies.

Nancy said...

Ah, Barbee', very good! I think butterflies are wonderful too. I've not seen as many this year, I hope it's not because some of my neighbors have been spraying insecticide everywhere!

Frankie @ Veg Plot said...

Do they make ricin from the castor oil plant? I seem to remember they were banned a few years ago. Maybe Marjorie could poison the Plutonians and escape.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Give your Lily of the Valley a few more years, it might surprise you. There was a patch here when I bought the property, but they didn't bloom. Then, one year they started blooming. (I didn't do anything to them.) Then they tried to take over the garden. I had to stop them. Be careful what you wish for.

Anonymous said...

I love Fascinating Aida
and lily of the Valley.

Zoë said...

Sorry Esther, I didn't mean to scare you, Salvadore Dali can be a bit bizarre though.

Quick question? Is Blotanical acting up for you too, or is it just my browser being deathly slow again?
Cant get it to load, or just end up with gibberish across the screen.

Best Wishes,


Esther Montgomery said...

Zoe - I was on Blotanical a lot earlier this morning and had no trouble.

Putting the comment about Dali on your blog was the last thing I did before pottering off to have a bath (which will give you a time check).

Having read your note, I've just checked out Blotanical - including getting to 'Garden Hopping' through your plot - and everything seems to be working fine at the moment.

Good luck!