|Photo by Christian Fischer|
Perhaps, in an attempt to start a zoological collection of gross woodland insects, Mr. Lovelygrey has been bringing home a new creature from his wander, the semi-transparent chappie pictured above. Behold Claudius, here we have Lipoptena Cervi, or for the non Romans among you, the deer ked. This little darling is a parasitic bloodsucker laying its egg in the fur of Bambi, his relatives and the odd cow or two. Fortunately humans are not treated as hosts for the baby keds but can suffer a bite which may lead to a hard reddened welt developing. In extreme cases this can be troublesome and itchy for up to a year.
454 item to do list that I started less than a couple of months ago. Despite being laid up poorly for the majority of this time, there's now only 400 things left. Lots that I've achieved are really quite simple for example, items 253: getting my email working properly again, 96: Researching how I can blog abroad without being shafted by incurring extortionate data fees and 323: Replacing the screw in my sunglasses. But 54 items in total completed actually represents a reasonable investment in time and many of those niggling things left undone for some time are no more!