Pennyroyal Magazine

  • "Curiouser & curiouser."

    Alice, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

    The photo below is proof positive that Alice In Wonderland was based on reality.

    Photo by Igor Siwanowicz.

    Thanks to the beautiful Charlotte Bird for always finding the most interesting goodies down the rabbit hole. Pun intended.

    And I will end with this quote by the ever clever Alice:

    ”It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”



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  • Mum's photo of the day.

    Every year, men in the Belgian town of Aalst dress up as women and participate in an annual carnival, calling themselves "Voll Jeanetten" (Dirty Jennies). Funny because my name is Jennifer. They wear corsets, old fur coats and lampshades on their heads. I don’t normally dress like that, but you never know. They also push an old stroller with beer in it and a bird cage on its side. When in Rome - or Aalst.

    I honestly don’t know where she finds this stuff, but thank you, Mum, for sending it my way. xo

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  • A little journey down the rabbit hole...

    And down the rabbit hole I go.

    I have almost finished reading OVERSTORY by Richard Powers - which I recommend. My favorite part of the book is the thread that tells the tale of a wonderful old biologist studing how forests communicate…which led me to purchase the book THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES by Peter Wohlleben…which led me to this flicker page put together by The Biodiversity Heritage Library…which you can literally lose a day on. There are thousands of plates of species in every taxonomic classification. Taxonomy in this case meaning ”a branch of science that encompasses the description, identification, nomenclature, and classification of organisms.” (A little nod to A Series Of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.)

    Here are a few of my favorites so far.



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  • Sweet email in my in-box

    Sweet email in my in-box
    My Mum knows I love all things furry, so now she sends funny little photos she finds of creatures great and small. (As a side note, have any of you seen the old BBC series All Creatures Big & Small? My family used to love it when I was a kid. I might have to go home and find it on Netflix or wherever.) I think it is very sweet that she sends the pictures my way. The emails remind me that she still thinks about me and knows exactly what I like even when she is what feels like 10 billion miles away. It’s actually only Oxford, England, but it feels like a lot farther. Here is a picture she sent me of a goat owned by someone named Niko on a Greek Island. Looks like he has been busted for doing something very naughty. Funny little beast.
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