Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Day The Organ Came!



Today, as you know, we Moved The Organ, that I bought yesterday for $30 at a garage sale. I've always thought the Spooky House could use an Organ, and I had thought that any of the ones in the House on the Rock Organ Room, would do well. But lacking one of those, I figured one would appear in time.

One did. At a garage sale in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. The women said to make her an offer, on this old Church Organ, and I had no idea, nor inclination to spend a couple hundred $$ on it, but her daughter whispered "Give her $30, we want it OUT of here.." And darned if she didn't take it! My Horse Trainer friends Melissa and Paul rashly offered their horse trailer to move it in, and Woodsman Hans has a good nature, so off we went to get it today.

Th picture above is the horse trailer is of it in my driveway. This next one shows just how exactly difficult it might have been to get it there. Paul is my Hero of driving. (Tho in fairness, Melissa did say that I had not seen HER park a trailer yet, and ought to reserve judgement.)



Amazing. You see, this Organ was HEAVY, like several hundred pounds, and taking it up from the street was not an option. It is staying where it IS. Tho we did have to spend a couple hours re-arranging the rest of the room and the kitchen to accommodate it.



Cool or WHAT?? I love this thing! And make perfectly hideous noises on it! I want to play Bach's Tocatta and Fugue, at least that first bit, in a long black dress and veil......I shall have a party.



We brought Cabal along on this Adventure, as he likes this sort of thing. Or anything really, as long as he gets to ride along. I thought perhaps we could introduce him, in a controlled way, to the Bengals. Or not. You can't see it, but I am HOLDING that dog. Mim re-considered her position, And decided UP was good.



Her face kind of says it all. WHAT the HELL is that and WHY is it HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????



The funniest thing was Cabal trying to figure out where she WENT. Took him quite a while. Every so often he would come to me and do his Puzzled Face. Like "I found her! It's a CAT! I can get her! Help me!"



He spent the rest of the afternoon, happily, I believe, staring at her. Every so often he would run over and tell me about it.

It is good to have an Organ.

And HUGE thanks to Woodsman Hans, and Horsetrainers Melissa and Paul. I owe you guys!

Love and Music, of a sorts,
Lorraine

120 Comments:

At 19:06 Anonymous catnmouse77 said...

I can hear the music! Awsome that you found this organ.

At 19:11 Blogger CarolAnn said...

This is so cool.

At 19:12 Blogger Na said...

sweetness. yay for helping friends. enjoy the hideous noises. omf what fun for Halloween next!!!

At 19:17 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

It was great I found this! Clearly I needed it!

Na, not sure what you mean by Halloween Next...Halloween STOPS????? Yr such a kidder!

At 19:19 Anonymous Steph said...

Spooky Organ for Spooky House is a win! Mim's face is exactly the face that my roommates' cat Kelis gets whenever we have a dog over. My cat, Mo, while terrified of dogs is used to them from when we lived at my parents'. But Kelis gets the very same "WTF is that and why is it in MY house?" She also gets the same look whenever one of my baby-having friends brings their babies over.

At 19:20 Blogger Lyndyn said...

So cool!!

And you know the true test of a friend - they help you move heavy stuff...and relocate inconvenient corpses to Mexico.

At 19:27 Blogger DataGoddess said...

So cool - I can't wait to see you at it in the black dress and veil!

Cabal looks like he just wanted to play, and why won't the pretty kitty come down to play?! Silly goggie!

At 19:28 Blogger DataGoddess said...

Oh, and something I think y'all will like - Web cam of baby peregrines in a nest box in downtown Indianapolis.

At 19:33 Blogger Na said...

ha! moste excellent pointe.

At 19:42 Blogger Adri said...

The last time we had a dog in our house (she was just being taken through to the back yard), my bengals hid on the cabinets and my nine pound tabby cat chased the shepherd-mix dog through the house, then stood guard at the back door growling and fluffed up until we were done with our party and our friends took their dog away again.

Hilarious.

At 19:47 Blogger Lyndyn said...

Cool baby birds, DG!

At 19:58 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Steph! Mim fought for her territory. Venus HID.

Adri, I am not sure I wanted to know what might have happened, Bengals Do Not like dogs...

Lyndyn, a friend will bail you out of jail. A true friend will be sitting there beside you saying " WOW that was fun.."

At 20:22 Blogger One Sock Short said...

That last picture was the best.

I've got nuthin'. Slept too late this morning, had unplanned nap in afternoon, and have accomplished not one thing all day. Which would all be worth it if I felt rested; but I don't. Sorry to whine. I did enjoy the post.

At 20:24 Blogger Jess said...

Wow! Now that is quite literally several hundred shades of Awesome. \o/

Hee hee! The Staredown pic is making Paul and me giggle like loons. What you do, see, is click for full size, then pan back and forth with the scroll bar...

Mim...Cabal...Mim...Cabal.

What? Yes, I did that. Of course I did that. Why wouldn't I do that? Should I not do that?

At 20:28 Blogger vampi said...

omg the organ is even more amazing than i imagined. i had a mental image of the batshit insane woman in edwards scissor hands type of organ. that is sooo much coooler than what i imagined.

still need some pics of mouse plate :)

so, the house onthe rock looks freaking amazing. it's far away, isn't it :( i don't think i would ever leave i would be taking too many pictures.

At 20:33 Blogger Phiala said...

Busy. Busy. Busy. But ticky-ticky.

At 20:37 Blogger AletaMay said...

This is just so cool. All of it!

At 20:40 Blogger Chantrelle said...

I'm with vampi, it's even cooler than i had imagined as well!
All those pictures are so great!

We had the fundraiser auction/concert for my friend Sarah today and there was a great turnout and tons of wonderful auction items. The signed Dangerous Alphabet went (when i last checked) for $25, the custom hula hoop my sister made and donated sold for $40 and the bottle of champagne we put it also went for $40. The best bit about the hoop was the 6 year old girl out on the dance floor hooping up a storm! It was awesome.

We left w/ music lessons for ben, a cool big framed photo of chain-link and barbed wire and a Ministry poster from a show here in town we missed because ben was 2 mos. old for it.

Great, Great gig, Sarah is truly loved around here and for good reason.

Ok, done w/ my novel. Back to playing Wii :)

At 20:46 Blogger Uisge said...

Loved the last picture. Classic stare down!

I'm currently nursing my first sunburn of the year. Worth it to milk every last iota of fun from May Day. www.hobt.org/mayday/

At 20:49 Blogger AletaMay said...

Uisge -- what a perfect day it was for May Day! Did not make it this year as I had another commitment, but I can imagine it was just about perfect!

At 21:04 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

It was an ALL afternoon stare-down, truly!!!!!!!!!

I keep sitting in my Romance Room tonight, loving this Organ.

At 21:10 Blogger ariandalen said...

Cool pictures! :)

I had a feeling that you would need to do some rearranging to get the organ into its spot. ;)

So, what do Venus and Mim think of of this mighty musical instrument that, so far, makes a mighty noise? Are they still talking to you? What do Their Majesties think of all the noise? Is Magic hiding again? Oh, the things that go through my little fiendish mind.


And DataGoddess, cool link to webcam! You can even see them at night!

At 21:15 Blogger Wicked said...

That is super cool! Can't wait for the pics of the Veiled Fab Lo playing Bach! I love the pictures of Cabal. He has the same look that my GSD gets upon a Great Cat Discovery!

At 21:18 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

They TOTALLY disapprove of any re-arranging. Completely. Mim hasn't peed on t tho YET which is a good sign. Venus explored it all over, Mim ignores it, so far.

Magic MEWED a lot this evening and I went into him often. I really want my screened porches...

At 21:33 Blogger Ticia said...

I love that organ. Perfect for you. Perfect for your house.

You said no animals were killed, but what about humans? Did everyone escape unscathed?

At 21:43 Blogger Bulfinch's Aglaia said...

Coolest. Perfect. You rock and roll in so many many THOUSAND THOUSAND ways!!

At 22:48 Anonymous Kate said...

It's so beautiful! I had no idea what to expect. The organ in the church where I grew up is not at all that beautiful. Just amazing -

Yes, favorite photo is Cabal looking up and Mim looking down. Cabal is a similar shape to my dogs - I have NEVER tried to bring our younger husky anywhere near a small animal that I like (she has pursued and dispatched a possum, several mice, and taken on two skunks).

I can already imagine the Spooky House with the Spooky Music and you in the Spooky Dress and Spooky Veil.

At 22:50 Blogger vampi said...

so, i'm thinking. someone needs to take a sepia colored video of Q playing the organ with the lace and leather...that would go so awesomely on your profile

At 23:05 Blogger ariandalen said...

Tangwyn isn't fond of change, either. Especially if it's his travel box. DD2 was moving it around last week, and he was running up and down the stairs and around rooms meowing. Well, it was really closer to "Mrr. Mrr. MROW!" As soon as she left it alone, he got in it and took a nap. I won't let her move it if he's in it. Apparently he knows this.

He isn't real happy when I clean, either. At least, not until he realizes that he has a spot that he can stretch out in the sun on that he hasn't had in a while. ;)

At 23:08 Blogger Beez said...

*laughing herself silly*

Yup, in black with veils- almost crazy cat lady with organ, skeletons, cats and one ghost dog playing toccata and fugue.

Life with you is never dull Miss Q.

At 23:15 Blogger Na said...

I like what Aleta said; This is just so cool. All of it!:)

Chantrelle - hurray! for the successful auction.

At 23:49 Blogger gaypet said...

Very nice!! Hours of fun.

Everyday is Halloween.

At 00:23 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Mim is clearly disapproving of Dog (and you for bringing him in).
Cool organ indeed! Lovely nest-y shape to it.
I do not know how Magic, next door, or even the other cats will like the sound of it, though...

At 00:26 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Thanks for the best giggle over Mim and Cabal Lorraine. So perfectly dog and cat.
That organ is WAY cool. You are going to have a ball learning to play it.

At 01:04 Anonymous kali_licious said...

Ooooh that's very pretty. So the romance room is where everyone will end up if you have a Halloween party..singing spooky songs around the organ.:) (I note the very cool organist miniature you have from Halloweentown there on the shelf.)

Mim is clearly disgusted that you brought That Dog into her house. I kind of figured Venus would hide. The staredown picture is my favorite though. Cabal looks so puzzled while Mim is trying to stare death rays at him. LOL

At 02:30 Blogger Marjorie said...

fantastic! That last photo is great - Mim obviously knows Cabal can't get to her there, and he's still hoping it might be possible to persaude her to play..

I wonder whther anyone has scored any music for organ and 5 Bengals? Maybe they will sing along with you when you start to play. . .

Chantrelle, good to hear the findraiser went well.

At 03:28 Blogger Marjorie said...

I also love the back-archy picture of Mim, with the incidental skeleton in a gibbet cage. every home should have one.

At 04:41 Blogger Lexocat said...

Wow. This is terrific. Congrats!

And I think it's also my favorite set of photos you've posted to date. Each one is a little story.

Were you living out here I have a friend who could teach you as much (or as little) of that piece as you'd care to learn. He plays it with shivery magnificence.

At 08:31 Blogger One Sock Short said...

I second the sepia tinted video request.

Have Venus and Mim forgiven you yet for moving their stuff?

At 08:41 Blogger spacedlaw said...

And the fishies?
What of the fishies? (provided there are any left)

At 08:47 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning all!

All Venus and Mim are sure of is that they want breakfast. As far as the fishies go, there are 2 left, and they seem fine. Like the Organ, they don't move.

Very sleepy yet.

At 08:48 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Looking forward to making the world a better place, one new knitter at a time. That is, I will be spending my lunch break teaching someone to knit. Yay!

At 09:29 Blogger Jane said...

Congratulations on a successful organ transplant!

At 09:58 Blogger Lyndyn said...

LOL Jane!

re: spooky. All this spookiness reminds me of something that my little niece has started saying: when I say "have sweet dreams" she says "have spooky dreams" and then she giggles maniacally. Don't know where she picked that up!

In other news: owwww...didn't know a tetanus shot would HURT later...

At 10:00 Blogger Marjorie said...

Morning.
It's just as well I don't have to work today. I don't seem to be able to get my brain to wake up. . .

At 10:17 Blogger Dan Guy said...

That organ looks awesome. I'm still trying to find a piano for the kids; apparently I need to be hitting more garage sales!

At 10:23 Blogger Lyndyn said...

Dan - have you tried your local freecycling group? I see pianos pop up once in a while on the ones near me.

At 11:05 Blogger hope said...

Wow, great organ! (Hmmm, that sounded a little...) Uh, beautiful musical instrument! and the cat/dog staredown photo is great.

It's always Halloween in my apartment, also.

At 11:06 Blogger Ani said...

Caught a bunch of the tweets over the weekend--they don't substitute for getting in to read the blog, but there you have it.

The Organ looks marvelous. I kept thinking of Bloody Stupid Johnson's organ at UU over the weekend, when i heard about it, and yes, that is what it looks like. You are going to have some serious FUN!

Are bengals musical?

At 11:36 OpenID MrBillyBones said...

Love the organ! Does it have an automated cha-cha beat to go with Tocatta and Fugue?

At 11:42 Blogger One Sock Short said...

My knitting student had to postpone. Am tempted to just grab some random person and teach them instead.

At 11:46 Blogger gaypet said...

That looks really great! I'm sure you will have great fun learning to play it.

I am working on my final painting project and it is complete rubbish but Dr Who is on all day. So it's all good.

I am going to make Tabbouleh now and leave my painting until it chooses to behave.

At 11:50 Blogger Adri said...

We just fired our biggest/most profitable client for non-payment/late payment, which means my best employee's hours are cut down to 5-10 a week until we can find something else. He told me last week if it happened, he wanted to stay on and work commission sales, but we were hoping it wouldn't come to this.

I feel awful and I'm wondering if it's even wise to post this, as I'm somewhat identifiable here, but I need Fiend support.

At 11:52 Blogger Marjorie said...

Oh Adri, so sorry to hear that.

At 11:52 Blogger Phiala said...

Oh Adri, that sucks. But if client doesn't pay, then isn't the most profitable client, and SOMETHING has to happen. But it's really unfortunate when it cuts into the money for hiring good employees. Yuck. :(

At 11:55 Blogger One Sock Short said...

{adri}

That's a lousy position to be in, I know. I hope things improve for you and your employee soon. At least there was a backup plan already under discussion. Here's hoping it's a temporary one.

At 11:58 Blogger Marjorie said...

If the client won't/can't pay you aren't left with any choice:

It sounds as though your employee still has a lot of faith in you and the company, and you in him - that has to bode well for the future.

So sorry you are having such a crappy experience.

At 12:11 Blogger Lyndyn said...

OSS: the idea of you pouncing on the unsuspecting and teaching them to knit made me giggle!!

At 12:12 Blogger Lyndyn said...

Adri - that really does suck...what a terrible position to be in. I hope it looks up soon.

At 12:12 Blogger Jane said...

Adri - we've had to do that at work, too, get rid of clients, and consequently have had to let some valuable people go. It is so hard.

You're not alone.

At 12:14 Blogger vampi said...

oh adri, i'm sorry. much hugs.

really can't wait for this recession thing to cheer up. it is so awful everywhere. knowing that if you eff up, odds are you would be fired for something that was a minor offense last year.

At 12:18 Blogger Jess said...

What Phiala said, Adri. You did the right thing-- and it sounds as though your employee understands that, which is good. I hope things work out for everyone.

At 12:32 Blogger ariandalen said...

Adri, that really sucks. I don't see that you had much choice there. I'm sure that if the shoe were on the other foot, they would have done the same.

Things will get better. :)

At 12:41 Blogger DataGoddess said...

{{{Adri}}} At least your employee understands why and still wants to work with you as much as possible.

OSS, love the idea of grabbing someone and teaching them to knit :-D

At 12:50 Blogger Ticia said...

((hugs)) Adri. I'm so sorry. I have nothing to add that hasn't already been said in so many wonderful ways.

Just know that I'm here and you, your employee, and your business are in my thoughts.

At 12:55 Blogger gaypet said...

That is a crappy situation to be in, Adri. It sounds like you have a loyal employee who knows you are doing your best. Glad you posted so we could send good thoughts.

Best of luck!!

At 12:56 Blogger Na said...

{{{adri}}}

At 15:19 Blogger EmilyLady said...

The library computer will not let me see the entire post. For some reason it is hiding the whole left side of it. However, I think I get the gist of it: the organ is here and completes Spooky House.

At 15:21 Blogger dabbler said...

Hugs, Adri. and hugs to your loyal employee as well. Wish I had some clever ideas, but I got none.

At 15:22 Blogger dabbler said...

EmilyLady,
Half a post is better than none?

At 15:47 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Forbore teaching unsuspecting bystanders to knit. Have instead talked another recent knitting student into a yarn shop run tonight. He just does not have enough stash. I must help him remedy this.

At 15:53 Blogger dabbler said...

OSS, don't you just love spending other people's money?

At 16:11 Blogger Ani said...

Adri--awful situation for you and your employee both. It says a lot about you that you are concerned for him, too. You obviously know to do right by him, and don't forget to be kind to yourself, too.

((hugs))

At 16:35 Blogger Adri said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words over the day. I've spoken with my employee and while he's of course unhappy, he took the drastic reduction in his hours remarkably well. And then he thanked me for being up front and honest with him. Ow.

He's a good man and I'm honored to work with him.

At 16:37 Blogger Ticia said...

We're honored to have you here Adri.

At 18:15 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Adri - I didn't get a chance to read the comments earlier, but I'm sorry about your employee. It must be so tough, what you had to do.

At 18:42 Blogger Dragonsally said...

more hugs from me Adri, and admiration for your employee for being such a brick about it all.

At 19:54 Blogger vampi said...

The hippie in me loves that we all group hugged <3 i love how we all band together in support. fiends make my heart feel happy.

At 20:04 Blogger EmilyLady said...

I think Vampi said it quite perfectly.

At 20:31 Blogger El said...

Aw, Adri, that blows. Here's to many profitable clients in the near future.

Q, the next time I come over I will play the organ, yes I will. It'll be rusty but I think I can still crank out most of Phantom of the Opera.

Went to mayday parade yesterday-- did not get to meet up with Gayle, alas! But still, fun was had and I am sunburnt. I have pictures up at my flicker:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/72267904@N00/

You're all welcome to dig around in there.

I hope you're all enjoying beautiful weather. It's finally nice here and I've thrown open all the windows I can manage. Perfect.

At 21:43 Blogger AletaMay said...

Hard stuff Adri. Sounds like it went as well as could. Never easy.

Great photos El.

At 21:46 Blogger Ticia said...

El, I love your pictures! And you work in that castle? I want to work in a castle.

At 22:13 Blogger El said...

Thanks, Aleta!

I used to work in a castle, Ticia, that was also a B&B. (Have since moved away and into another industry.) The hospitality industry is hard work, especially a private business. I did housekeeping and hostessing in addition to being their reservationist and occasional PR flunkie.

Long, weird, tough work but the view out that window made up for it.

At 22:14 Blogger Ticia said...

El - Beautiful place...

At 22:39 Blogger Siri said...

Just finished bailing out the washing machine. Fortunately, it broke after the 1st rinse cycle, so the clothes (underwear, thank fod) weren't soapy, and I could just dry them. 1 nightgown, 1 t-shirt, 1 pair of slacks and 1 light jacket; it could have been all slacks, or all dress shirts or all t-shirts. After an hour the underclothes are dry, and the water is all out of the tub. Water is heavy. It sloshes when you walk. I am done - 2 aspirin and bed for me.

Wonder how much this repair will be?

Speaking of bees, do we have them yet? Inquiring minds......

At 22:42 Blogger ariandalen said...

Hmmm. . .Must be a long day for our Queen Empress. She hasn't said anything since this morning.

Hope everything is working out, Ms. Fabulous. {{{Fablo}}}

At 22:55 Blogger Adri said...

Oh, boo, Siri! That's no fun. Hopefully it's an easy (cheap) fix!

I went down the pub for weekly drinks night with friends and made plans for Friday night as well. And I self-indulgently bought red nail polish. I'm feeling a bit better.

Getting Fiendish good thoughts and group hugs in my email all day helped a lot, too. I, too, love how supportive everyone is, and what a loving, comfortable community we have. You've all been a real help, just knowing you and the slices of life we share with each other, over the past several months which have been difficult for me on a number of levels.

Getting mushy here, but, thank you, Fiends! <3

At 22:58 Blogger Ticia said...

Adri, ((hugs)) and if it makes you feel any better... I was thinking of you on Sunday... I bought Fluevogs in SF.

At 22:59 Blogger Adri said...

Ticia! Which ones? :D I can't even go into that shop because there's a $550 pair of boots that I know I'd do a runner with if I even tried them on. >_>

At 23:08 Blogger Ticia said...

They are called Gorgeous. And they are. And I thought of you as I entered their door. :-D

At 00:39 Blogger vampi said...

these are gorgeous. omg love te heel. i loved so many shoes that i can't afford :(

At 00:41 Blogger Ticia said...

That's them!! Thanks Vampi. So comfortable. And sexy. I love them.

At 00:42 Blogger Dragonsally said...

They look comfy, despite the heel.

I just fell in love with these

At 00:45 Blogger Ticia said...

Those are beautiful too. They make the best shoes.

At 01:16 Blogger vampi said...

oh sally those are very cute. i am drooling. i love shoes, but since i broke my ankle, shoes don't love me back. i used to be able to wear shoes until the soles wore out and i was walking barefoot, but now i wear them unevenly and they end up causing me pain. i've turned from a shoe whore into a gadget whore.

At 01:22 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I know exactly what you mean Vampi. There are very few shoes I can wear now without incredible pain. *sigh*

At least we can still admire the pretty shoes

At 01:53 Blogger Ticia said...

I couldn't go to sleep without wishing our fearless leader a restful slumber.

I fear work has swallowed her whole today.

So, for those of us already sleeping, I wish deep sleep with recooperative dreams. To those going to bed, I wish easy transitions and blissful slumber. For those rising, I wish a day that allows time for breathing and a moment to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. Even if that beauty is in a cup of tea or a thermos of coffee.

Good night.

At 02:28 Blogger Marjorie said...

Good Morning Everyone.
Phiala, do you have your new car now?

And are there bees?
(not in the car, that was a seaparate question to Our Beloved Leader)

Bleugh. Has anyone seen my coffee?

At 06:39 Blogger Marjorie said...

Did you see Boss got a Blue Peter badge?!


(belatedly occurs to me that this is probably less exciting if you're not british...)

At 07:10 Blogger Phiala said...

Yes, I got my car last night, finally. It's sitting in my driveway in that picture, really it is!

Hooray! We did go away this weekend, but decided not to camp - predicted to be rainy and cold, though it turned out not to be. over 6 hours of driving for 6 hours of fun. Even Grendel had a good time. People to pet him, you know... :)

(Anyone on Twitter last night saw these already, and anyone who reads my blog will see them again later today.)

I would like to stay here on the couch with the cat, but I suppose paying for the car would be easier if I went to work. But horrors, I broke my French press yesterday in a half-inch fall at just the wrong angle, so I'm not sure I can go to work!!!

At 07:12 Blogger Phiala said...

But I did get to be #100 all unknowing, so maybe today will be okay after all. :)

At 07:19 Blogger Marjorie said...

I must have overlooked the pictures on Twitter, but I'm glad you finally have it, andthat the weekend went well.

Sorry about the French Press - I don't know what this is, but it sounds like something you don't want to have broken...

At 07:24 Blogger Marjorie said...

And now there are Bees!! Clearly, it *is* going to bee a good day.

At 07:52 Blogger Lyndyn said...

Ticia - that was lovely!
Phiala - yay for new cars! Boo for broken presses!

Adri - yay for red nails! Rock the scarlet, tootsie!

And, bees you say? I shall investigate...

At 07:53 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Marjorie - Seeing as Boss is a very busy person, could you please explain Blue Peter? I'm imagining a children's show that all UK children grow up knowing and loving, so getting a badge for appearing on it is Very Exciting. Am I at all close?

At 08:19 Blogger Phiala said...

A French Press is my very important and essential contraption for making coffee at work so I don't have to drink the sludge that comes out of the communal pot.

It's a glass beaker with a filter on a plunger arm. Add coffee grounds and hot water, then press the plunger down at the end of the brewing time. Also makes good tea.

My new one is not glass. And I must most urgently go and test it out now.

At 08:21 Blogger Marjorie said...

OSS - yes - pretty close- Blue Peter is a very long running BBC kids programme - started in 1958 or 1959, I think.

It typically has the presenters making stuff out of household rubbish - highlights have included dalek cakes and a model of Tracey Island from Thunderbirds - it always used to be live (hence the shock of learning the Himself was filming today, for edition to be broadcast next week)and there was a very famous show when they had a baby elephant on, from London Zoo, and it peeed everywhere...

I has always been squeaky clean and slightly do-gooding - they have a charity appeal of some kind every year.

You get a Blue Peter badge for being on the shoe, or winning their competitions. About 3 years ago there was massive public outrage after Blue Peter badges appeared on e-bay.

Not eveyone loves it, but *eveyone* knows it - and some of the carchphrases have entered the national consciousness...

Because it's only a 1/2 hour programme they didn't have time to wait for paint to dry or cakes to cook, so after showing you each stage it would be '...and here's one I made earlier' and becasue it is BBC not commercial they can't ever name brandnamed products, so it was always 'double-sideed sticky tape for speed' and 'washing up liquid bottles' rather than sellotape or fairy liquid.

So I can't help imagining "so here's a child whose eyes I buttoned earlier.."

I think the badges were always exciting and important becasue they had to be won/earned - children who have acheived something, or won competitions, could get them, as well as famus guests.

I am sinking deeper into the nostalgia so will stop now...

At 08:22 Blogger Marjorie said...

Phiala, I understand. They are sold as cafetieres over here. I now know exactly what you mean, and why one breaking is such a disaster. (I was imagining something v.esoteric and weaving or yarn-related!).

At 08:25 Blogger Phiala said...

Marjorie, I thought that it was probably a nomenclature problem, and you'd know just what I meant. :)

Breaking this one was very annoying (half-inch drop should not be lethal!), but not nearly as traumatic as the previous one. It shattered into little pieces all over my carpeted office floor.

(And before you think that maybe I shouldn't be allowed to own glass objects: you may well be right, but I did only break two over the span of five years of daily use...)

At 08:26 Blogger Marjorie said...

PS - if you watch Dr Who, the 'Abzorbaloff' monster in the 'Love & Monsters' episode was the result of a Blue Peter competition - Comp was 'design a Dr Who Monster, with the winning entry being written into an episode.

At 08:28 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Thanks Marjorie! Yes, it was that whiff of nostalgia everyone was sending out that made me suspect a kid's show of some kind :)

I've looked in vain for bee news.

At 08:45 Blogger Lyndyn said...

I imagine that they are out Dealing With The Bees. :)

At 08:47 Blogger One Sock Short said...

But we know that bees have arrived? Shiny!

At 08:47 Blogger Phiala said...

Birdchick just twittered something about bees and packages... a bit incoherent, but apparently bees have arrived?

At 08:52 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Ah! I see I don't twitter-stalk enough fiends. Off to add Birdchick...

At 08:53 Blogger Marjorie said...

Bee-Tweet, for those who missed it.

At 09:00 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

BEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New post up!!!!!!!!!!!!

It says BBBBBBBBBEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 09:00 Blogger Phiala said...

Ah, did miss that one. I think my twitter app eats particularly tasty tweets.

At 19:01 Blogger Yoga Gal said...

You got that for $30.00? What a budget hunter you are! Brava!Can here Bach music from here! Na is correct, you're going to have a great Halloween. Get critter photos!

At 09:06 Blogger Cecily said...

That organ is more awesome than I had even imagined!!!

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