Dressups, hair removal, and pine martens

The kids had to dress up as a character from a story at school today. They both chose to wear hats I had crocheted for them. Isn’t that sweet? I didn’t threaten them, I promise. At what age do kids start to hate the things their mother makes for them?


Elizabeth is the big bad wolf from Little Red Riding Hood and Daniel is the Viking from There’s a Viking in my Bed. One little girl had a pair of underpants on her head and so I asked her who she was. Captain Underpants of course! How silly of me.

I read an interesting article recently about women’s obsession with hair removal over the last few centuries. Apparently women used to use x-rays to remove hair despite the deleterious consequences for their health. There was also a product in the 1930s called Koremlu which contained the toxic metal, thallium. Thallium has been used in rat poisons and insecticides so it defies belief that women would smear it over their bodies. Apparently thallium poisoning causes hair loss – from all places – nerve damage, blindness, and even death. Now we have the Brazilian which, well, I’ve already expressed my thoughts about this.

Elizabeth is channeling George Monbiot with this picture she drew on our white board:


It’s a tree in which a pine marten is about to catch and eat a grey squirrel. The pine marten and grey squirrel are coloured in blue on a branch near the top. The other creatures in the tree are red squirrels. According to an article by George Monbiot – How to eradicate grey squirrels without firing a shot – red squirrels have evolved with pine martens and are small and light enough to get to the very ends of small branches that pine martens and grey squirrels are too heavy for. These are the results from a paper that was published last year which found that the recovery of the pine marten in Ireland brought with it a recovery in red squirrel numbers and a crash in the grey squirrel population.

I wonder why the government is not doing more to increase the population of pine martens? I have never seen one of these animals so they must be quite rare. I still haven’t seen a red squirrel either despite many efforts to seek them out.