Pumpkins, Chameleons, and Andrew Lang

Pumpkin month has officinally arrived and normally I would have spent the weekend at festivals celebrating the beginning of my favorite time of year. Unfortunately, my professors had other ideas so I’ve been reading through the copious works of one Mr. Andrew Lang instead. With my trusty fluffy and scaled companions, of course. Lang was an interesting human, in that he brought fairy tales and anthropology and the supernatural together, and in that he somehow managed to publish an astounding amount of work during his life. If I had that kind of motivation, I might be done with my research now.

Who am I kidding? Research is never ending, I think.

If you’re interested, Lang is responsible for editing the Fairy Books (I’m currently reading The Blue Fairy Book), and the artwork done for said books by H. J. Ford is absolutely stunning. Definitely work a quick Pinterest search if you have time (or you can just look at my Andrew Lang board), and if not, here’s one from the creative commons: The Princess Imprisoned in the Summerhouse for “The Green Fairy Book.” Pretty, no? There are so many more of them that I spent ages just looking them up.

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Aside from looking at pictures, I do have a new friend to help with the research. She’s actually my cousin’s, but she’s come to live with me for a while. Or permanently. I’m not entirely certain yet. She’s a lovely veiled chameleon, not quite a year yet, and lacking a name. We’ve gone outside to bask in the sun a few times already, and she’s warming up to me. Chameleons usually don’t like to be handled, but she seems agreeable enough. Possibly because her owner before my cousin rescued her did a lot of that? Not certain. Anyway, she’s terribly in need of a name, so I’ve added that to my list of things to do . . . the ever growing one.

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Miss Namless Chameleon

I am pleased to announce that Kamali, the leopard gecko who has been staying with me, found his forever home and is being showered with love by his new mom! That’s about all I have time for now, lovelies. Do look up Andrew Lang and let me know what you think, hm? Impressive amount of work, isn’t it?

“You can cover a great deal of country in books.” – Andrew Lang 

Image attribution: By H.J. Ford and Andrew Lang – http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Hlg0SppUSc8/S_-vpuz37-I/AAAAAAAAAWE/WrQUukn1CNM/s1600/HJFordgreen.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30365333