Holiday Harmonograph


(Click picture for an online harmonograph generator)

When it’s snowing outside (or maybe not),

And your feet are cold (or maybe hot),

When it’s dark as day (or bright as night),

And your heart is heavy (and head is light),

What should you do (what should you say)

To make it all right (to make it okay)?


Just pick up a pen (a pencil will do),

Set up a swing (or three, or two),

And while the world spins (or comes to a still),

In your own little room (or on top of a hill),

Let your pendulum sway (in its time, in its way),

And watch as the pen draws your worries away!


Cabbages and Kings

We recently tried out The Walrus and the Carpenter.  The food was great, and I found out there’s such a thing as lamb salt, which P describes as “like bacon bits, but made of lamb”. You can read more about our experience here.

However, the time has come to speak of other things.

The Walrus and the Carpenter is one of three restaurants making up the title of the book A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus. The book title reminds me of the palindrome

A man, a plan, a canal – Panama!

Many people have successfully extended this palindrome with the addition of other objects such as a cat, a yak, a yam… My favourite is this one by Jon Agee:

A man, a plan, a cat, a bar, a cap, a mall, a ball, a map, a car, a bat, a canal: Panama.

Unfortunately, until the word “urlawaelahwataoba” enters the English language, we’re not going to have any palindromes starting with “a boat, a whale, a walrus”. It also doesn’t help that the fourth in this suite of restaurants is called “The Barnacle”. Have they no sympathy for palindrome makers or people with dyslexia?

To end off this random (or is it?) ramble, here’s one of mine and Mr. Richland’s Favorite Song[s]: