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Wordless Wednesday — Solitary Explorer

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25 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday — Solitary Explorer

  1. Bless – wonder where he’s off to?

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  2. Great close up Sarah. Daughter used to keep woodlice as pets (or tried to, until they took off, ha!) xxxx

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    • That reminds me of my daughter’s snails. My son had better luck with Charlotte the house spider, who was quite happy to stay put in an old ice-ream tub, as long as she had one fat juicy fly fed to her each week!
      As a child, I had it in my mind to keep shrews as pets, but they escaped from their run after a couple of hours. xxxx

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      • Haha…oh the joys of unusual pets! You did well to keep those shrews that long!! I’m assuming that Charlotte’s Web was a favourite of your son? We loved it too. And have I told you about daughter’s African Land Snail, called Vladimir? The most spoilt snail in the land I’m betting. But that’s another story 😉 xxxx

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      • Yes, Charlotte’s Web was a favourite of both of my children, plus Mum, who enjoyed reading it to them! You have mentioned Vladimir to me, although only on passing. It sounds as if there are many further tales about him that you can tell me. xxxx

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      • Yes, a great story for Mum too 🙂 I did mention him, thought I had (forgive my terrible memory!). Haha, yes, you wouldn’t have thought that a snail could evoke any tales other massacering one’s lupins would you? But at least in Vladimir’s case, he eats what Daughter gives him. His favourite is cucumber 🙂 xxxx

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      • My dog likes cucumber, although I try to give her outer pieces with the seeds removed, as dogs can’t digest seeds of any kind. xxxx

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  3. I love his armoured coat! Very Japanese! 😀

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  4. I like the textures in this photo. You made it interesting.

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    • Yes, it was the contrasting textures that first struck me when I spotted that metallic-looking polished woodlouse walking across the rough brick, which was why I rushed for my camera. The woodlouse looks extra shiny as the sun was out.

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  5. Close up like that, he really does look like he’s on an adventure, with hills and craters to negotiate…

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  6. I’ve heard they’re supposed to be a great source of protein akin to their sea faring cousins the prawn. Think I’d rather watch the happy critter meander around than fry him up with soy sauce though!

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    • Ah, but insects are the diet of the future, Dave. Get with it! 😉 But seriously, I’ve seen a few articles, online and off- indicating the move in that direction, especially given the burgeoning world population and increasing lack of arable land (since cattle take up so, so much land and resources) but, conversely, the abundance of insects. I, too, have a hard time thinking of eating (on purpose, anyway) insects. My husband has tried eel at a Japanese festival, and I’m not even approaching that bold. I suspect I’ll be a vegetarian in my old age if society has shifted to largely insect-based diets.

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    • I have a food intolerance to soya, so would have to find another sauce to go with my woodlouse stir fry! Maybe lemon sauce, or curry sauce.

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  7. We used to call those “pill bugs” because when we picked them up they would roll into little pills. I’ve also heard them called potato bugs here. Nice shot, Sarah.

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