Coastal Scents

24 Apr 19
The Coastal Mummy

With two young daughters, we are always on the look out for good bath products. We were recently sent a selection of bath products from Good Bubble to test out.

24 Apr 19
Weapons and Warfare

The first night fighters to operate in 9 Group were a section of 29 Squadron Blenheim Mk IFs which had arrived at Tern Hill in August. The detachment was only on loan from 12 Group and it was detailed to provide one aircraft at immediate readiness and another two at fifteen minutes’ readiness. No. 29 […]

24 Apr 19
Times and Tides of a Beachwriter

Yellow is the oldest colour…

24 Apr 19
Sustainable Switch

I’ve been planting the backlog, and went to a couple of sales—Duke Gardens plant sale on 30 March, and the Pi Alpha Xi NCSU sale 5 April.

23 Apr 19
The Hopeless Vendetta

Regular readers of ‘The Vendetta’ may recall that The Squid and Teapot once experienced some difficult times under the stewardship of one Tobias Thrupp, a most egregious sort of fellow.  Thrupp’s evil nature and eventual downfall is recalled in the tale ‘The Supper Guest’.  To my knowledge, this is the only period in the inn’s […]

23 Apr 19
Archy Worldys

From their resident cats to this old book scent, it's about walking up and down the aisles of a stationary bookstore that online retailers could never replicate. In honor of Independent Bookstore Day (April 27, 2019), Mental Floss has selected the best bookstore in each state – and a few others we loved as well. […]

23 Apr 19
An Infinite Escapade

“Keep Portland Weird!” the locals called out. If I were to express this phrase differently, I would instead proclaim: “Keep Portland Quirky!” Extracting a minimal but significant layer from the word “weird” upon its scrutiny, my new word choice more than nuanced its antecedent. Nonetheless, this layer sets the foundation for my personally coined term. […]

23 Apr 19
The Australian

Harsh. Grand. Awe-inspiring. Monstrous. Unaccountably compelling. That’s how gold prospector, explorer and bushman James Mulligan summed up Cooktown in the early 1870s. Today, locals simply call it the last frontier. You need a bit of harsh, they tell you, to shrug off the dry. Even more to endure the wet. But once you’ve felt the pull, they insist, the tropics whisper in your ear forever. Irresistible.

22 Apr 19
Word Dance

I used to think living by the beach was all about the water, that proverbial patch of blue. The Holy Grail of all water to watch, sense, smell and best of all, hear. But you know…its so much more than that, Way more. Just the sky as a daily changing canvas is worth the adoration. […]

22 Apr 19
linda bergman-althouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wild Side

Cute as a furry button, but feisty and aggressive as a hungry or perturbed bobcat, diminutive Minks, although seldom seen are quite prevalent in North Carolina. Every county has a mink presence, but they are so secretive, solitary and territorial that hardly anyone knows they’re there. They run everybody off, even other minks. So, there’s […]

22 Apr 19
THAT AVERAGE WIFE

Hey ya’ll! So for those of you who don’t know, I run a Facebook group called “Big Budget Brides.” I established this group a little over a year ago after having no luck in other brides group. I, along with some other wonderful ladies, were getting shamed for having a wedding with a larger budget. […]

22 Apr 19
The Adventures of Zene and Zeanne

By Ezekiel Lagmay (From Zene and Zeanne’s Diary Entry) Well, it’s been months since Bora reopened after a very long rehab project, and we want to show some gratitude to those who helped out by sharing this touching story to all of you. (A little side note: If a text is in Purple, then it’s […]

22 Apr 19
Tropical Plant Technician

Neem oil is pressed from the seed of the neem tree (Azadirachtin indica). Native to the dry forests of eastern India, Pakistan and Burma, this tree is known by several names including “village pharmacy,” “cornucopia,” “wonder tree,” and “the veritable gold mine.” Neem leaves, stems, seeds and oil have been used for medicinal purposes and […]

22 Apr 19
ArabLit

“Let me bathe in your vigor / before I lose my joy and mischief, /before your night dims my moon. / We are both fugitives, / you in your clouds, / I in my earth.”