Saturday, February 15, 2020
This was my fun, groovy impulse buy as I walked home from work last night. We used to have a lava lamp, and I really liked it, but then it stopped working several years ago and I couldn't figure out why. I wound up giving the whole thing to charity.
So as I walked past Robert Dyas the Ironmongers (yes, the shop is really called that) I thought, "I'm going to see if they have any lava lamps lying around." And they DID -- on sale for £9.99, even! According to the box it has a hand-painted base and cap in a "stylish ombré effect." I had to explain to Dave what ombré meant, and I must say the world is getting a little insane when not only your hair but also your lava lamp needs to be ombré.
As the box says, "Calming. Peaceful. Relaxing." They could have added "Tacky," but I love it anyway.
And that's next week's stack of reading, beside the lamp. I'm probably being overly optimistic thinking I might get through it all. I did start "The Library Book" yesterday (which is not in the stack), so I'm no longer lying about that in my blog sidebar, and I'm about 3/4 of the way through "Dobry," my current Newbery read (which is in the stack).
"Dobry," from 1934, is a cute book about a boy growing up in rural Bulgaria. I haven't read any evidence that the Canadian-American author had even been to Bulgaria -- which nowadays would surely raise questions about cultural appropriation -- but at least the book's illustrator was Bulgarian. So that helps. Funny how our cultural standards change over time.
Here's the mystery plant -- now almost 2 1/2 feet tall. It's was a bit battered by Storm Ciara's high winds last weekend, and we're supposed to get more today and tomorrow from Storm Dennis. But I have a feeling this plant is pretty hardy.
The hairy little flower buds remain small, but I think I see hints of purple or blue at their tips. I'm still thinking this is borage, Borago officinalis. Stay tuned!