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Squee Sunday: Fennec foxes

Fennec foxes (Vulpes zerda) live in the Sahara desert, and they’re the smallest of the canid family. Those enormous, cute ears are to dissipate heat, but they also allow them to hear prey .moving underground. They mostly eat insects, small mammals and birds. These days some people keep them as an exotic pet, and they can live up to 14 years in captivity. As usual, there’s a snag. Some of…

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Broken things

Last week I wrote that my smart phone was in for repairs. I can manage with my not-very-smarty phone, but I miss the other one and I still have about 3 weeks to go. Meanwhile my glasses are almost broken. I ordered new ones on Friday and I hope they arrive before the current ones finally die. I’m very short sighted and practically blind without them, although luckily I do…

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Dog under the table, surrounded by feet

Busy again

nbsp; July and August means lots of people are visiting the observatory, which means lots of guiding work for me. Great! I accept as much as I can, because I know work will be scarce in the autumn. I’m also making a real effort to exercise for my health. It’s working – I have more energy and the weight’s slowly coming off, but it does take up time. So does…

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