And who Knew?

The Platypus (Ornithyrinchus anatinus)
A more remarkable animal you’ll not find.
From a very, very, ancient and noble family, the monotremes.
Little Dot encountered one in her adventures written by Ethel Pedley, in Dot and the Kangaroo.  In the book, he is known as Ornithyrinchus paradoxys, and is very wise, suspicious, snappy, and overly sentimental with regard to the “good old antidiluvial days,” before The Flood. But he’s the wisest creature in all the Bush. And one of my personal favorites. But in real life, Phineas and Ferb couldn’t legally own one as a pet, even a cool platypus secret agent like Perry: Male platypi have thick poisonous spurs on their back feet, and getting spurred by one can kill small creatures and even make humans violently ill! But there’s no creature more perfectly suited for its environment than the platypus. They’re beauties, allright!

"Johnny Town-Mouse was born in a cupboard. Timmy Willie was born in a garden. Timmy Willie was a little country mouse who went to town by mistake in a hamper."- Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1918)
     The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse is my favourite of the Beatrix Potter tales, and Timmy Willie is, probably, my very favourite of all her characters. The illustrations in this tale are soft and gentle, the way most of Potter’s drawings are. They convey a sense of soft nature, of the fields, pastures, and country gardens of rural England and The Lake District.
     “One place suits one person. Another place suits another person. For my part, I prefer to live in the country, like Timmy Willie.”

"My new friend Mole had entered into the joys of running water, and for the first time he heard the sound of the wind in the reeds and willows…"

"My new friend Mole had entered into the joys of running water, and for the first time he heard the sound of the wind in the reeds and willows…"

Wind in the Willows, playing the reeds
Heavenly music swells and recedes
Search for the answers, each as you will
Wind in the willows
When the wind is still…

Wind in the Willows, playing the reeds
Heavenly music swells and recedes
Search for the answers, each as you will
Wind in the willows
When the wind is still…

"Ho ho!" Mr. Toad! If he puffs up more, he’s gonna explode!
- From the Rankin Bass 1987 release of The Wind in The Willows

"Ho ho!" Mr. Toad! If he puffs up more, he’s gonna explode!
- From the Rankin Bass 1987 release of The Wind in The Willows

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Ouran High School Host Club Bloopers: Part Two [x]

Now that I think about it, Howl WAS pretty…Pretty EMO!

areddhels:

Today in Middle-Earth: The Forbidden Pool (March 7th, 3019 T.A.)

   ’Shall we shoot?’ said Faramir, turning quickly to Frodo. 

   Frodo did not answer for a moment. Then ‘No!’ he said. ‘No! I beg you not to.’ If Sam had dared, he would have said ‘Yes,’ quicker and louder. He could not see, but he guessed well enough from their words what they were looking at. 

   ’You know, then, what this thing is?’ said Faramir. ‘Come, now you have seen, tell me why it should be spared. In all our words together you have not once spoken of your gangrel companion, and I let him be for the time. He could wait till he was caught and brought before me. I sent my keenest huntsmen to seek him, but he slipped them, and they had no sight of him till now, save Anborn here, once at dusk yesterevening. But now he has done worse trespass than only to go coney-snaring in the uplands: he has dared to come to Henneth Annun, and his life is forfeit. I marvel at the creature: so secret and so sly as he is, to come sporting in the pool before our very window. Does he think that men sleep without watch all night? Why does he so?’ 

areddhels:

Today in Middle-Earth:  Frodo and Sam are captured by Faramir and taken to Henneth Annûn (March 7th, 3019 T.A.)

 ’Elves do not walk in Ithilien in these days. And Elves are wondrous fair to look upon, or so ‘tis said.’  

 ’Meaning we’re not, I take you,’ said Sam. ‘Thank you kindly. And when you’ve finished discussing us, perhaps you’ll say who you are, and why you can’t let two tired travellers rest.’ 

   The tall green man laughed grimly. ‘I am Faramir, Captain of Gondor,’ he said. ‘But there are no travellers in this land: only the servants of the Dark Tower, or of the White.’ 

   ’But we are neither,’ said Frodo. ‘And travellers we are, whatever Captain Faramir may say.’ 

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Frodo baggins

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Frodo baggins