Wednesday, 19 January 2011

ABC Wednesday

I discovered ABC Wednesday last week, when they were on Z of round seven. This week round eight has begun and as it feels like my kinda game I thought I'd play. It's simple enough: each week you have to post something to do with whichever letter has come around. As this is the start of a new round the letter is A. I've had a little look to see what others are doing and it seems there are stories, poems, artworks, photographs and more. Good, I like a remit that's not too strict.

For my first attempt here is something to charm you with,

okay, maybe charm wasn't quite the word. Alienate. A is for alienating armadillo.

I'm not quite sure what went wrong on the day we saw this in a junk shop, but it came home with us. After having the hideous thing on display for a while I wrapped it up in a plastic bag and hid it in a drawer in the attic. It stayed there for years, then sometime last year I noticed it had been found, and put back on the hearth. No problem, husband uses the sitting room as an office at the moment so I never go in there. If he ever gets a proper office he can take the damn thing with him. Meanwhile I'll share it with you in the spirit of: 'a problem shared is a problem halved'.

on its back.


Detail with ear.

Why would you want this in your house?

A mummy and baby in Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery (Glasgow).


NanU said...

why indeed?
You could lay the poor thing to rest by burying it in the yard. Though it does make for some cool pictures.

nick said...

Why would you want this thing in your house? Indeed. But I suppose we've all got a few hideous things that we bought in some mad moment and are now somehow too familiar to be easily dumped.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Don't be too hard on it - I am sure its mother loved it.

Scarlet Blue said...

Nonsense, Eryl, I think it would make a lovely newspaper rack.

Roger Owen Green said...

it's kinda cute - in a homely sort of way...

BTW, welcome to our little meme thing.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

The Unbearable Banishment said...

Holy cow! Apparently, "A" is NOT for Animal Rights! I'll bet somewhere in space there's a race of aliens who have human corpses trussed up in interesting poses that are used as desk ornaments.

Sausage Fingers said...

Yumm, I bet the Armadillo stew was delicious.

Carole said...

We have armadillos next door in the park by our house. I have never seen a live one, but have seen many a roadkill armadillo.

I beginning to think they aren't real creatures. They are just a hoax perpetrated by the government to keep our imagination alive.

Golden West said...

I've seen an armadillo purse, quite like your basket, but more of a satchel...

To answer your question, yes, people still live in those houses that are sliding down the cliff. They stay even after their houses are undermined and hanging by a thread, until the town condemns them.

Let me know if you want my carrot cake recipe - happy to send it along!

The Pollinatrix said...

Okay, I've read this post twice now, trying to come up with some way I would embrace such an item in my home - but no. I would sneak it back into the attic is what I'd do.

Pat said...

Oh dear! Even the baby is hideous.

savannah said...

ok. good find for the game, but i'm with you why is it back inside? on another note, i found a copy of nigella kitchen for 8.75£ or $14.00. LOVE IT! xoxxo

Eryl said...

Nanu ~ it does make for some cool pictures. I might start carrying it around with me so I can place it in flower beds or on pretty walls and take its photo!

Nick ~ Stevie's father collected ghastly specimens of amateur taxidermy, I think he may just be carrying on the tradition.

Weaver ~ I don't think its mother would recognise it now!

Scarlet ~ would you like it, I could parcel it up and send it in a jiffy?

ROG ~ what kind of home, though?

Thank you for the warm welcome.

UB ~ you have to write that story!

Sausage ~ I do hope so.

Carole ~ you have everything in that park, one day I'm coming to visit.

Golden ~ I would love your carrot cake recipe!

Polli ~ you are a woman after my own heart.

Pat ~ hopefully not to its mother.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I think it looks quite nice.

Anonymous said...

I would not. Never.

angryparsnip said...

I love Armadillos ! We don't have any where I live but I would love if we did.
I think the baby is very cute but then I love Javelinas...

cheers, parsnip

Scarlet Blue said...

Erm... I already have an elephant's foot to store my papers in, but thank you for the offer.

Eryl said...

Savannah ~ oh, goody, that's a bargain too!

Jenny ~ it could make quite a nice dinner party centerpiece, filled with sausages.

Mago ~ I knew you were a man of good taste.

Parsnip ~ you'll have to go and visit Carole, too!

Scarlet ~ as long as you have something. I'm sure I'll find a good home for it soon.

jijie said...

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Take Care

Kass said...

I love its texture and color. I save things like this in an object box. I have the cast-off skin of snakes, a squirrel's tail (how did he lose it?), sparrows eggs, dried-up dragon flies, hornets nests, etc.

It doesn't alienate me at all. It orients me.

Eryl said...

Jijie ~ lovely to meet you!

Kass ~ an object box is a brilliant idea, and I'd love a hornets nest. I have lots of skulls, a buzzard's feet, a dog-fish, rather a lot of teeth, and two mummified toads, but they all just lie around gathering dust. Tomorrow I will look out a box to make them comfy in, it will need to be quite big.

Jama said...

They make great object to shoot, that's for sure! never mind where you gonna put it....lol

mrsnesbitt said...

Hmmmm we have 2 german shepherds who do not take kindly to unfamiliar objects - maybe that's what's needed - the offending object would"mysteriously" disappear! lol!
Welcome aboard the ABC fun! Thanks for what you said about it - indeed we are not too strict about what people post - liking the variety of what people come up with - always a surprise! Looking forward to your future posts.
ABC Team

Cildemer said...

Oh! Yuck!
Wouldn't like to have that at home!
So I won't thank you for the sharing even if your pics are great;o)

Wishing you a beautiful weekend****

Stocker said...

I laughed so much at this post it almost seems cruel. But I often express my love of items like this, I even posted a blog post about it based on my friend Rose's house. This ornament seems comparable to your white whale, best of luck battling it!

Eryl said...

Jama ~ you're right, of course, I really enjoyed shooting it and the shots have revealed it's rather interesting texture.

Denise ~ thanks for letting me join in the fun. The variety is great.

Cildemer ~ thank you! Um, I guess I shouldn't put you on the list of possible new homes for it then?

Eryl said...

Stocker ~ missed you there. Just call me Ahab!

Troy - ABC Wednesday Team said...

You think that is Alarming? Imagine stumbling across a live one in the middle of the night.

That happened to me one night when I was working in Florida. I'm not sure who was more scared. Me, or the poor Armadillo.

An Interesting post and a fun way to join the party.

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you for participating. We are looking forward to this next year, and hope to see you back each week.

Eryl said...

Troy ~ oh my goodness, thank you for the story. Now when I look at this poor dusty, dead thing I'll be reminded of your stumble and it won't look so bad.

Will definitely be back, I've already started composing 'B' in my head.

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