Adventures of Frangipan

Saturday, 30 May 2009


A quick unfocussed rant about people in general and our relationship with our natural environment.

I was once telling a friend about how I ran over a rabbit in my car. His response was "I know, they're stupid aren't they?" Like they didn't get the memo that they shouldn't cross the big black tarmac things, and that when a vehicle comes you should run into the hedge.

Foxhunters frequently tell me that dogs ripping a fox to shreds is justified because foxes kill sheep and get into hen houses. But from the foxes' perspective surely we've just helped them by thoughtfully rounding up all the animals they want to eat?

An enviro-sceptic once told me "look at fields and hedges - they're not natural". Possibly one of the weakest arguments I've ever heard. Fine, fields and hedges are manmade, but if we were to grade 'naturalness' I think they would come in a bit higher than concrete and tarmac structures that we're so fond of.

I suppose my point is that, for the most intelligent species on the planet, we don't half say and do some stupid things. Every other creature in the world lives in harmony with its natural environment. Their habitats are natural, their food is natural, and everything in their life is geared towards survival.

Homosapiens however decided that this just wouldn't do. Why use things that naturally degrade in a few months/years when you can use plastic which takes 500 years? Why buy food in one layer or no packaging when you can have plastic, card and a sticker?

For the most intelligent species on the planet, we are the only ones that seem intent on its devastation.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

The despondent version of me is getting on my nerves. My week off and I've done so little. Doing so little in general. The "boo hoo I've got no one to go out with on a Friday night" shall make way for new thinking.

I have work, Pony Club, horses, horse shows coming up, first aid duties, a mother I don't see too often, and friends to catch up with.

I'm so angry with myself for being so selfish and obsessed with having people to go out with on a Friday night. I've ignored the fact that I have plenty of friends I should be making time for. I could be spending weekends away rather than scratching around for people to hang out with and places to go.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009


I'm bored. I've been this way for a while. Work is great and Pony Club is great, but my social life is abysmal. I have friends but I don't seem to make time for them, and when I do see them I'm bored. I've taken to going out with acquaintances and, while I'm not averse to making new friends, I feel a bit odd around lots of new people.

I seem to have lost all 'the kids'. I know they were a lot younger than me but we had a laugh together, and now they're all off at uni, just like Jayne, Ceri and Jodie before them. I don't make any effort with Danny and Cameron. Seriously, how hard would it be to go to Liverpool for a night or up to Yorkshire for a weekend? I only see Alex, Lawz, etc. when I bump into them on nights out. I hardly see Soph, Laura and Mike.

And the friends I see most seem content to spend their weekends in Ruthin. I don't have a problem with quiet drinks with friends. But it would be nice if we could break out of our rut once in a while and head further afield.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

The Vagina Monologues

I went to see the Vagina Monologues last night in Rhyl Pavilion. I had to look it up on wikipedia that afternoon as I had no idea what to expect (aside from the obvious!).

I did enjoy it - it was interesting and funny - but not as much as most people apparently did. I think the criticisms I read were a little misplaced, and I can see how some women who maybe feel embarrassed can find it quite liberating. I found the 'vagina workshop' monologue a bit much: never been one for all that "your vagina is a flower" garbage. And I felt that they all went on a bit too long. It perhaps would've been good to have some reference to V-Day too.


Thursday, 7 May 2009

Climate Change Event

I went to a Climate Change Information and Network Event in Llangollen on May 6th for WCVA. Met the most beautiful man in the world there. Shame he was married. I was even willing to overlook the fact that he thought I was 32.

But aside from that, I really enjoyed myself. There were three very interesting presentations, presented by very competent speakers. I went into workshops just to make up numbers but they were still quite interesting. And then we did a 'future planning' thing where we got to say what we wanted to happen and when by, and peg it onto a clothes line running from 2009 to 2050.

It was good to be immersed in all that because I don't feel like I've had my 'climate change' head on for a while. I hope this will put me back into action.