Here's another piece of wildlife-themed street art from Walthamstow, also by Irony + Boe. A hedgehog, I believe. It certainly makes this otherwise utilitarian shopfront interesting!
Yesterday was a day to get my ducks in a row before school resumes this morning. I cleaned the house, watered all the orchids, and took care of some other small tasks.
I also walked the dog, and found that someone had dumped a partially decorated Christmas tree at the corner of Finchley Road. Our local council will recycle old Christmas trees, turning them into mulch, but they have to be taken to a fenced area in Fortune Green (only a few minutes' walk). And they can't be mulched if they're still decorated! So, being a busybody, I untwined the lights and took off the bits of ornaments still clinging to the tree, threw them away, and hauled the tree up to Fortune Green. Cleaning up after strangers, once again.
Incidentally, the abandoned Christmas tree in a pot is still sitting nearby. It's too heavy to easily move. I don't think it's even a real tree -- I think it's a piece of a cut tree that's been stuck in a pot of dirt. It's dying and I'm not convinced it has any root system (which is one of the reasons I didn't consider adopting it). I'm resisting the urge to report it to the council because I want to see how long it hangs around if I do nothing.
Here's Totoro, who usually hangs from the walnut tree in our garden. We have a team of tree-trimmers coming in about ten days to do some heavy duty pruning, including raising the canopy on the walnut tree, so I brought Totoro indoors and hung him from the avocado, where he can watch from a position of relative safety.
The Russians were at it all day yesterday, sawing, drilling and pounding. Fortunately, this didn't stop me from making headway in "The Ink Black Heart" -- I'm up to page 815 or so. I think I can polish it off in the next few days. It's huge, but it's interesting and pretty easy reading overall. Much shorter books have taken me much longer to read!