November 3rd, 2011

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Puff, the Magic Dragon...Halloween

Here's one of GD's favourite songs:



....and here is Puff the Magic Dragon (having undergone a change of sex...after all, the dragon IS magic!), looking into her bag of treats (I don't think she tricked anyone), on Halloween:

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She's willing to hold out her bag for her parents to look, but I'm not sure if she'll share all those marshmallows and candies!


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here

is what she was two years ago....

and

here

is the other year!
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The Rainbow Goat

On the slopes at the outskirts of Dehra Dun, we wandered along, looking for the sub-Himalayan birds that had been seen in such plenty in March of this year. While the others continued their search....they climbed down a steep slope that I had no intention of negotiating, with two cameras and a pair of bincoculars....my attention was riveted by a colourful vision that climbed up that same steep slope, and came up on to the road....


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Soon, the shepherd came up with the other goats, too:

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I could not contain my curiosity about the rainbow goat, and asked the shepherd about it. "It is to prevent theft," he explained. But, I asked him, would not branding help? "No, ji," he said. "These are woolly goats,and I cannot brand them so that the brand will show, and if I colour just some hair, a thief can just snip it off...so when I put all these colours on various parts of the goat's hair, it's a better way of preventing anyone from stealing the valuable animal, unless they want to practically shear the entire animal, and then it will stand our like a sore thumb anyway."

So colour as an insurance against theft, in a rural setting...an interesting concept!