Washed out

17 Jun

. . . . is how Chris and I are feeling – got very stupid colds. Which is annoying after a lovely party last night, with roaring outside fires, so fierce that they split the thing the fire was burning in, guitar playing, singing, Thai food, cocktails and a grand plan for next June.

. . . is what the weather continues to do to everything. It is raining AGAIN as I write this. I don’t understand why the trees and the grass aren’t gradually fading to white as surely the colour must be leeching from them with every raindrop.  .  . oh I know that’s not how it all works. It’s okay, you don’t need to tell me. But there’s something counter-intuitive that the greens get more strident the wetter it is.

. . . is what the blood on the carpet isn’t doing. Yes, the blood on the carpet. From the rabbit which the cats brought in and disembowelled. And danced around. Then ate. The stain just glowers at us, resistant to any approach to persuade it to disappear.

Will the Olympics just happen with or without this rain?

What do you know about terriers?

And what’s the most interesting fact you know about the Romans? Wet days call for strange family entertainment.

Jo xx

 

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7 Responses to “Washed out”

  1. Jill June 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Jo I can help here the Romans lived in a place called Rome x

  2. Ally (Mother's Brother) June 17, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    The Romans spoke greek when speaking to each other, latin was for official and administrative business.

    • Angela June 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

      Vomiting rooms:
      Many rich roman households had a vomiting room set aside for big feasts, it would have been considered unsuscessful if the richest person attending the feast didn’t throw up a certain amount of times from excessive over-eating.

  3. Coz Al June 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Apparently Romans used powdered mouse brains as an ingredient in their toothpaste….yum.

  4. Jonquil June 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    And famously had flushing loos and amazingly advanced water engineering (have just re-read Robert Harris’s brilliant book “Pompeii”).

    I imagine you’ve tried cold water and salt on the bloodstain? Today I had a live mouse sauntering across the kitchen …..

  5. JKS June 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    Proper Roman women did not wear togas… only prostitutes and fallen women did. I always make sure to tell my students at University this, so they don’t send the wrong signal at their next toga party!

  6. ro June 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

    I (occasionally) work at a wonderful museum of Roman things and Roman Baths, so I have lots of facts but it’s difficult to just pick one at random! I think my favourite is that to get clean, before bathing, Romans used to cover themselves in oil and then scrape it, along with sweat and dirt, off with a strigil and flick it away. Or pay someone else to do all this to them. The scrapings of famous athletes could be sold to rich Roman ladies who used it as a facepack – it contained the virtues of the athletes so they would be young and beautiful.

    (Don’t tell everyone this – I don’t think it’s on the audioguide, and it’s the best bit of my tour! So people shouldn’t know it before they come inside.)

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