Hello pretty parrots and wide-eyed, long-lashed possums, take a trip down a dimly-lit neon alley where there’s mysterious armour, trip-hop, coral babies, wind phones, a guide to misbehaving foster dogs and much more.
One recipe used to protect against curses required a sou coin, nine grains of salt and nine stems from nine plants, namely: ground-ivy, common fumitory, spotted medick, common daisy, chickweed, greater celandine, dovesfoot geranium, pilewort and verbena. It was first necessary to pronounce the invocation ‘Doue Araog Oll’ (Breton for God Above All) into a linen pouch and recite the Pater Noster and Ave Maria prayers three times without taking a breath.Via Bonjour from Brittany
Billions of coral babies are born on the Great Barrier Reef
In an explosion of colour, billions of coral babies were born on the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns, Australia, marking another milestone in the ongoing story of life on the Reef.
Read more: https://t.co/EXVaWDSLgJ#greatbarrierreef #australia #climatechange pic.twitter.com/8yNvEdttaV— The Happy Broadcast (@happybcast) November 29, 2021
In Otsuchi Town, Iwate Prefecture Japan, a ‘wind phone’ is perched on a hill overlooking the ocean. This allows people who lost their loved ones in in the Japanese Tsunami of 2011 to call them and have one-way conversations with loved ones. This was created by garden designer Itaru Sasaki in 2010 to help him cope with his cousin’s death. The wind phone waswas opened to the public in the following year after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami killed over 15,000 people in the Tōhoku region. The wind phone has since received over 30,000 visitors. A number of replicas have been constructed around the world, including one in Ireland. Via Wikipedia and Reddit
The Finfolk, in the folklore of the Orkney Isles were a mysterious race of amphibious beings often presented as having a dour and sinister character with a reputation for the abduction of unwary islanders. The males of the race are known as Finmen and the females as Finwives who can resemble mermaids. Both were believed to be responsible for abducting islanders they take a shine to having a liking for a human spouse. They had a magical city under the sea in an unknown location where they tended to spend winter. In the summer they spent time on hidden islands such as Hether Blether, Hildaland or Eynhallow before it was taken from them by humans.
Going to the toilet, drinking a flagon of beer or scratching an itch on your body would have been problematic.
These curries look delightful, healthy and easy to make.
A glorious thread by Manglewood on Twitter
This handy guide for new dog owners – adopted dogs take a while to settle in and settle down, especially when they may have come from a less than kind household. Via Reddit
Tilly turns around
A beautiful, mythical and highly sensitive green sea turtle Tilly was released into the ocean [beeee freee little one], after being rehabilitated after being captured by a fishing trawler in the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Once released, Tilly made a daring 1,867 km/47 day journey deep into the Pacific ocean. Then she did a sharp U-turn and returned back to Queensland.
This happened a few days before the catastrophic eruption on a volcanic island north of the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa on January 15. In total the little beauty made an incredible 2,700km journey. Nemo would be proud. Did she sense the volcanic eruption coming? Is Tilly psychic? Did she just not enjoy being out in the ocean? It’s a nice story anyway.
Delicate and ethereal paper art by Ayumi Shibata
Almost too sublime for words…
Contrary to popular belief these men are normal size they aren’t giants towering over and P&O FairStar.
There was some wonderfully bizarre creatures to offer. A surprising number of these animals look like moas or emus! There’s also a lot of slothbears and even hippos…sad they are no longer around! If you want to stop the tide of extinction, make sure you join the #Boycott4Wildlife.
A classic chill-out song from a classic album of so many relaxing evenings at home for me
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