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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Maalie in Russia

I am about to leave for a couple of weeks in Russia: a week in St. Petersburg and a week in birding in the taiga forest. I hope to have lots to show you all on about May 6th.

The Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, home of the Kirov Ballet, where Diaghilev staged some of his finest works.


Anonymous Pam said...

I hope you find Siberian Jay.

9:20 am  
Blogger Ju's little sister said...

Sounds like fun Maalie, take plenty of notes ;-)

11:10 am  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

Enjoy yourself dude!

11:49 am  
Blogger TCA said...

Hope your visa's valid ;o)

See you in Spain...

2:29 pm  
Anonymous Ellee said...

I went to to see the Kirov Ballet there too many years ago, have a wonderful time, comrade Maalie. I returned with amoebic dysentry, so be warned, and be careful of the local water.

3:58 pm  
Anonymous May said...

Enjoy the trip!
You'll be late for my birthday, though...

8:23 pm  
Blogger simon said...

have a great holiday mate 200 species??

7:01 am  
Blogger simon said...

May did you invite maalie to your birthday?

Runcible girl!

7:02 am  
Blogger TCA said...

Have a good time. Don't upset the establishment!

8:58 am  
Blogger Tortoiseshell said...

Take care using your GPS in security zones...

2:08 pm  
Anonymous May said...

Simon, there won't be any public party for my birthday, just many one-to-one encounters.

5:43 pm  
Blogger Merisi's Vienna For Beginners said...

Have a good and safe trip!
Leave your crown at home, one never knows, over there .... ;-)

7:04 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

I've been told off by Maalie for using his blog spot as a chat room! I thought it was rather nice to chat to each other via his site. What sayest you?

9:03 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

heheh lorenzo... I haven't been told off. So I feel perfectly able to have a long chat with you in his absence. Who knows, this could be a record thread for comments by the time he gets home :-)

9:53 pm  
Blogger Ju's little sister said...

What's wrong with chatting in the comments page? Doesn't it uphold the spirit of friendship?
The birds will still be chirping in his absense, I think it's only fair that we do too!

11:54 pm  
Blogger Maalie said...

Errm, I haven't quite gone yet... Leaving 06.05 BST Saturday.

Thanks to all for good wishes, enjoy yourselves Chatterboxes ;-)

7:59 am  
Anonymous May said...

Bye bye Maalie, have fun and take pics of yourself to show us when you come back.

8:11 am  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

Geeee I feel like a naughty kid just got caught stealing the biscuits out of the tin ;-)
Have fun maalie.... hope you don't get too frozen.

8:28 am  
Blogger TCA said...

Enjoy the beetroot.

11:16 am  
Blogger Maalie said...

Thanks everyone.

By the way, Lorenzo is my kid sister, I can say what I like to her ;-)

2:29 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

That's what you think. I can always give you lentils and tofu for dinner. Hope you see a Citrine Wagtail, a Little Steppes Stint, a Siberian Smew and a Red Breasted Cossack Twite. Meanwhile, all your fans will carry on using your blogspot as a chat room.
Enjoy yourself and any more griping then we won't pick you up from the airport in two week's time.

3:18 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Maalie's gone now so if you all like we can turn his blogsite into a chatroom.
He left with Peter this morning about 3.00 for a check in at 4.20. The airport is 20 minutes from our house. 20 minutes after they left the phone rang and Maalie informed me that Peter had driven off with his rucksack still in the car. I know it was early morning, and they were hung over, but what a pair of twites.
Peter had a quick turn around when he got back, and I think eventually got back to bed about 5.30 (after letting cat and dog out, and feeding them, and making Lorenzo a cup of tea) only to be got up again about 7.00 am to go hill walking with friends.
(the verification word was fogshed today)

12:16 pm  
Anonymous May said...

Thank you very much for the information! A moment ago I was thinking about his trip and my trip to Russia back in the early Nineties.
[Maalie will kill you when he knows that you've told us about the little accident]

5:10 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Never mind May. I've done worse to him and survived! Had a text from him to say that he has arrived safely and is being made very welcome.

6:44 pm  
Anonymous May said...

What does "kid sister" mean?
[Sorry for asking, my native language is not English].
Glad he's doing all right.

6:48 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

leaving the rucksack in the car..... lol...... that is quite an achievement even in the early morning!!!!

8:22 pm  
Blogger Ju's little sister said...

'Kid' is slang for 'child' so 'kid sister' means little sister or younger sister, am I right?

What is your native tongue May?

10:54 pm  
Anonymous May said...

Thank you for the explanation. So he is your older brother.

I'll tell you in private about my language - I have a fixation for anonymity...

12:14 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Yes, he is my big brother, but often I think of him as my little brother. He does need looking after sometimes especially where time keeping is concerned!
Today's word verification is rubkfuk.

11:48 am  
Anonymous Ellee said...

So I've met Maalie's brother, that's something new. I just dropped by to wish him Happy St George's Day. I wonder if he has heard about Yeltsin's death.

9:40 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

A video of "Jerusalem" being sung for St George's Day. Maybe maalie can enjoy it on his return. Lovely shots of countryside that I assume is England ;-)

11:30 am  
Blogger simon said...

I can tell you a story where Maalie left his EXSPENSIVE new binoculars on the roof of a car and then drove off.....

6:41 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

No Elle, Maalie doesn't have a brother, just a younger llama. Simon, I hope you will tell all about the bins while we are in Spain. I once left a bikini drying on top of a car and drove off and Peter has left countless things including glasses, clothes, documents and food.

8:26 am  
Blogger Ju's little sister said...


I can understand forgetting all the other things, but food? WHAT WAS HE THINKING???

When I was a baby my Dad forgot me. The family was clearing out of a motel at the end of their stay. Dad got into the car and started it, Mum said
"Is there anything you've forgotten?"

SHE knew I was in the pram in the bedroom, she just wanted to know if Dad knew too. He didn't.

(I can't believe someone would forget food. Shame on you Peter.)

11:03 am  
Anonymous Ellee said...

Lorenzo, bins are big news at the moment, everyone is writing about them. Hope you have a nice time in Spain.

I look forward to reading about Maalie's adventures soon - hope he has behaved himself and is allowed to return.

4:34 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

Ju,.... but look..... being left in the bedroom has led to a career in avionics so you can fly yourself out next time you are left behind. I must ask my avionics friend here if he was ever left behind in a pram somewhere as an infant.

7:57 pm  
Blogger Ju's little sister said...

Ha ha, that's a great point Kiwi I could ask around at my work too!

I'm not bitter - I think it's funny. I was dropped on my head as a baby too ;-)

Can't wait to hear about Maalie's adventures.

6:33 am  
Anonymous Pam said...

That's not the first time Jim has left his rucksack behind. I had to do a mercy dash to Stansted. You'd think he'd learn his lesson.

8:51 am  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

He's going to get back and find we know ALL his secrets. He will be too scared to leave his blog behind when he heads off to Spain ;-)

9:13 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Yes, I can't believe anyone would leave food behind either. When you say 'bins' Elle, do you mean binoculars or wheelie bins? They are very much in the news at the moment with some councils putting little spy cameras in the lids to see how much people throw away. It makes you wonder what people would throw away just to give the council a shock. Any suggestions? My mouse seems to be dying. I have to fiddle with it's bottom everytime I want to click. Maybe it's time for a new one.

11:41 am  
Anonymous Ellee said...

I mean wheelie bins, but where I live, we are lucky enough to still have a weekly collection. We don't have wheelie bins, just black plastic bags.

10:46 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

Sounds like it might be time your mouse was consigned to the wheelie bin;-)

5:48 am  
Blogger simon said...

Once I tried to leave Jim behind, when he opened a gae on the on the Strezleki track


7:06 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Jack phoned this morning and said he thought the mouse was probably full of fluff so I removed his bottom and gave him a thorough detox, screwed him up and after prodding his little green knob, he started flashing at me, so he has excaped the wheelie bin for the moment. Thanks Jack.
How could you try to escape from Maalie Simon? Very easily probably.

4:23 pm  
Blogger Ju's little sister said...

LTL, I though you were suggesting a dying mouse in the wheelie bin to scare the council - you gave me a shock!

I dropped my mouse on the concrete about a year ago and it's been slowly dying ever since. It's all taped up and the buttons don't click well except when the right button decides to stay on all the time. I'd replace it but I can't find any more with two scroll wheels and programmeable side buttons...

12:29 pm  
Anonymous Ellee said...

It looks like Maalie has stayed behind...

7:49 pm  
Blogger simon said...

guys:-you can tell when I use the home keyboard.. the typos!

Gae= gate!

anyway 46 comments... his comments are very much like petite poms....

12:30 pm  
Anonymous Ellee said...

Maybe he went away for 2 weeks.

4:28 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

Yes, he said two weeks - one week in St Petersburg and one week birding in the forest. But he said he would be back around May 6th so we should see him sooooooonish.

11:21 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Maalie is due back in a couple of hours. I just had a phone call from Amsterdam waiting for a plane to Manchester. He sounded tired and bad tempered. He requested that if Peter came to meet him he took his phone with him this time!
Mouse is still sick. If I leave him overnight tucked up nice and warm he then obligingly works for about five minutes when I first use him in the morning, then after a great deal of spluttering and coughing it's back to one press of the knob to each click. I really will have to buy a new one and bury this one in the garden next to Meg and Mushroom.

7:54 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

I thought we had established that the wheelie bin was the place for this mouse ;-) Oh well... if you want to be sentimental about it.... I guess we will let you!

Ahhhh, lovely. A last frivolous comment while the cat is still away and this mouse can still play ;-)

11:00 pm  
Blogger Maalie said...


7:07 am  
Blogger Maalie said...

Nothing wrong with Lorenzo's mouse. Using it right now. Just replaced the batteries (it's one of these cordless things) and it's working perfectly.

7:24 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

I think we ought to have a posting about wheelie bins. They are so fascinating. We have two, a green one and a black one. Personally I prefer the green one. Tony Blair has just lost the council elections because of wheelie bins and fortnightly collections so it is a very important subject.
It was very pleasant to see Dr Maalie last night especially as we diagnosed Mouse's sickness, and that it 'wasn't unto death'. A quick, slick operation with a couple of batteries and Bob's your Uncle!

10:17 am  
Anonymous Ellee said...

Welcome home Maalie, I look forward to reading about your trip.

10:05 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

lorenzo.... remind me of me. Some car problems I have had I would have solved by myself if I had looked under the bonnet ;-) Glad the mouse is fixed though and didn't in fact need to be consigned to the wheelie bin!

6:53 am  
Blogger Ju's little sister said...

Hi Maalie, welcome back. What's all this order business - we've taken over your blog or hadn't you noticed?

What a little giggle about the mouse, that's why I stopped using wireless ones, I got sick of changing the batteries all the time.

Let us know quickly how Russia went!

7:56 am  
Anonymous Plumpy said...

Maalie you're back!

I managed another post, you should have a read cos there's a lot of me looking after Mum in it!

7:57 am  
Blogger Merisi said...

Mallie, welcome back!
(Even though I think it's really runcible of you not to let us comment on your Russian post. All I wanted was to apply as bear watcher, or binocle carrier, for your next trip!).
I have good references (there are no bears in Vienna any more - ever wondered why?)

9:00 am  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

We are all looking forward to hearing about your Russian exploits now.... but I guess you might not have much time for posting before you leave for Spain.....
Keep simon clear of the bike shops.
I have been learning about how depauperate our bird life is, being an island and all that. But what we do have is really really interesting. So I suppose interesting but depauperate.... that's ok;-)

10:48 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

What does depauerate mean?

10:59 am  
Blogger Tortoiseshell said...

Welcome back!

Lots of post-election fallout to catch up on!

12:59 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

Depauperate means we are missing lots of things. Eg we don't have any native mammals at all except a few bats.... all the rest have been introduced... and things like possums and stoats have caused massive problems. But also, we don't actually have that many species of birds. We have some really interesting, different birds, but we are quite low on species numbers compared to other places. There are other things we are low on as well like butterflies. It's all to do with our isolation over such a long time.

11:25 am  

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