What I didn’t know #2 The Brain of Britain lives @ the bottom of my garden

I know nature says it’s autumn now. Not because it is cold and wet and dreary (facing facts there are plenty of summer days that fit that description) and the mornings are darker, but because I can’t go out without tripping over squirrels and getting tangled in cobwebs.

The squirrels are driving the dog nuts. The sooner they go into hibernation the better I me and my shoulders will like it. The Brain of Britain could never be a squirrel though could it, or indeed the div brain that is the dog? That award goes to this rather magnificently enormous spider (read no further if you are phobic) that has spun a marvellous web above my compost bin.

When I take the lid off the bin, the little fruit-type flies that live in the rotting material, that aspires to be compost, fly up and out and straight into the artful arachnid’s web. Such forward planning would come in handy for any of us. I haven’t been out there today, I just hope it has a brolly.

Posted on October 1, 2010, in Architecture, Be not idle, Biophilia and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Why’s it got a cross on it’s back was it ridden by Jesus at some point?

    Any excuse!

    THE DONKEY
    G.K. Chesterton

    When fishes flew and forests walked
    And figs grew upon thorn,
    Some moment when the moon was blood
    Then surely I was born;

    With monstrous head and sickening cry
    And ears like errant wings,
    The devil’s walking parody
    On all four-footed things.

    The tattered outlaw of the earth,
    Of ancient crooked will;
    Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
    I keep my secret still.

    Fools! For I also had my hour;
    One far fierce hour and sweet:
    There was a shout about my ears,
    And palms before my feet.

  2. I like the poem, although a donkey is surely not that bad.

    The spider’s cross is a bit Gothic wouldn’t you say…

  3. I’ve always thought the point of the poem, although Chesterton liked to use allegory, was that it doesn’t matter how bad or ugly people may think a donkey is that it did something that others could never match. It’s a metaphor for ugly people to use, like me saving MB, which also has allegorical connotations! 😉 Everyone has something to say.

    Or maybe I’m just reading too much into things. I’ll run it past MB and see if he sings in response!

  4. You can never read too much into things for my money: you are a philosopher!

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