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charliedawg
02-11-2011, 04:40 PM
In England, the swallow is considered the harbinger of spring and sad people write to The Times hoping to be the first of the year to report its distinctive call. Equally sad people live in Scotland and scour the country for a harbinger with a more celtic orientation - and here it is - the first marigold of the year spotted on the East Sands at St Andrews - the quinqui-lobar form seen here has proved particularly handy.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Feb-2011/125969-Marigold.JPG

Mayberry
02-11-2011, 05:21 PM
Oh, darn, that reminds me I need to get another pair, and I forgot last time I was out. I usually get the traditional marigold color though. My old ones look about like that one though!

juneto
02-12-2011, 01:34 AM
QUINQUI -LOBAR form ??????
So.... where is the Marigold and why does this look like Beach sand ?
Is there a Marog lurking in this picture that I am missing ?
This is really a toughie !!
June:confused: :confused: :confused: :eek::D

juneto
02-12-2011, 01:38 AM
Wait a minute !! What happened to the Swallow you were going to show us !
You through me off with the Quinqui-lobar ! I hate for the Scots being this sad over a Bird !
June:( :( :(

charliedawg
02-12-2011, 09:48 AM
Hi June - maybe this brightly coloured multi-lobar plant - marigoldus kitchenensis - is more widely known in the UK.

StrugglingArtist
02-12-2011, 01:34 PM
Aye, Chairlie, that would be the female of the species in her pank plummage.

Noo doot washed up aftair a neet o' excessive swallying roond the toon.

The whuskey'll do that tae ye as ye well ken, I'm thinkin'...

juneto
02-12-2011, 01:58 PM
Um ... That must be it !!!!!:evil:
June:) :wave:

Flattwo
02-12-2011, 02:50 PM
Hi Walter

i have seem some strange thisng in St Andrews (my golf swing for example) I don't believe this is a marigold, I think it is one of those new fangled cow udder protectors

Henry

PainterRon
02-12-2011, 02:56 PM
I thought it was a fingerling...

Grainne
02-12-2011, 03:28 PM
Charlie, this is evidently a new species of birds. It has built a nest nearby and has laid three eggs and is obviously guarding its nest.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Feb-2011/28471-New_Bird_Species.jpg

You need to report this at once to the Royal Society of Twitchers! I thought you Brits were obsessed with twitching :lol:

Actually if you are the first to have observed and reported this new species, you could go down in the annals of bird twitching history! Bet just the thought of that notoriety starts you to twitching :evil:

Meanwhile you should build a blind and camp out there by the nest and protect your posterity! Protect your posterior while you are at it, because when the word gets out there will be poachers trying to beat you at the fame game! :wink2:

Good luck!
Grainne

charliedawg
02-12-2011, 04:19 PM
Hi Strugglingartist - the Marigold species is teetotal
Hi Henry - you could have a point there - might be a prototype!
Hi Ron - I think it's more fishy fungus than fingerling
Hi Grainne - a bird! - nope - but you're right about the poachers looking for the eggs - they got there just before the friars and the boilers - not forgetting the scramblers!

Flattwo
02-12-2011, 04:26 PM
Walter, all of this brings back memories of a visit to the East Sands at St Andrews, below is an actual photo of the beach taken a while back, in the bucket I am holding on my left hand proudly, is rare capture of marigoldus kitchenensis, I did not realize how rare the species was back then, therefore I released it back into the sea, depriving science the opportunity of study :o

Henry

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Feb-2011/3457-scan0001.jpg

juneto
02-13-2011, 03:13 AM
Grainne , Boy , Eyes like an Eagle !!!!
I never would have spotted that nest , Good Work !!
They could use you in the CIA.
June:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :cool:

juneto
02-13-2011, 03:40 AM
Henry , A Handsome Dude but the Mickey Mouse bucket is a tip that something isn't right about your story.:confused:
June

charliedawg
02-13-2011, 06:25 AM
Hi Henry - you do realise that single-handedly ---- yes, probably that one holding the bucket---- you have put back the course of progress in kitchen and toilet hygiene by decades.......................decades!

juneto
02-13-2011, 02:53 PM
I am laughing out loud by Myself again , Guys !!
People are going to begin to think I have really gone around the corner.
June:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :wave:

Flattwo
02-13-2011, 03:08 PM
Walter, just before you spied the marigold, the authorities removed what they suspect was part remains of a Human, in particular the arm bones, I managed to bribe the official into giving me a copy of the image he took
Henry
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Feb-2011/3457-125969-Marigold.jpg

Grainne
02-13-2011, 04:02 PM
Walter, just before you spied the marigold, the authorities removed what they suspect was part remains of a Human, in particular the arm bones, I managed to bribe the official into giving me a copy of the image he took
Henry
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Feb-2011/3457-125969-Marigold.jpg

Henry, I don't think those can be human remains, because humans don't lay eggs! And there is the irrefutable evidence of the nest right there!

Looks like y'all need some better trained "authorities" in your neck of the woods :rolleyes:


Grainne

juneto
02-13-2011, 05:36 PM
Is the arm bone connected to da neck bone and so forth ?
How far have you looked ?
Do we have a different species of man ? The Missing LINK !!! An Egg laying man ?:eek: NAAAAH !!!
Who knows , You may be on to something BIG !!
June:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

charliedawg
02-13-2011, 07:29 PM
HI Henry - very humerus - I think I am right in saying that the relics of St Andrew which were at one time in St Andrews Cathedral did include his forearm - however, there is no record of him doing the washing-up.

Also, I would like to inform you that after your visit those many years ago - the local council went to considerable trouble to straighten the horizon out the sea. This was very expensive and has been a major burden over these same years on the local tax-payers including myself - however it was either that or flooding the Low Countries.............

Flattwo
02-13-2011, 08:19 PM
Walter, I would like to stress that the above photograph was taken long before the onset of digital cameras, even so, modern cameras do not have a self levelling horizon thingymajig (or do they?) futhermore, how is it that I am vertical in the photo? obviously this must have been the result of a wee dram earlier in the day!

NEWS FLASH!!!!

Dog attacks overweight marigold!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Feb-2011/3457-miniature_schnauzer_470_470x352.jpg

Henry

juneto
02-13-2011, 11:47 PM
:o :o :o :o :o :o OMG !!! I am rolling on the floor !!
June:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

charliedawg
02-14-2011, 06:56 PM
Hi Henry - I fear your newsflash has been blown out of all proportion - by the way, that wee dog bears a striking resemblance to the current Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams...........................strange.

juneto
02-14-2011, 11:47 PM
Here we go again !!!!:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
You Two are funnier than anything we see on TV .
You should be paid for writing .
JMHO .
June:D :heart:

Grainne
02-15-2011, 12:23 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Feb-2011/3457-miniature_schnauzer_470_470x352.jpg

Henry

Henry, your dog is udderly ridiculous! :lol:

Grainne

Flattwo
02-15-2011, 08:29 AM
I have just located the previous occupant of the East Beach marigold, it has hunted in vain for many years, hoping to be re-united with the glove, committing many atrocious and ghastly crimes in frustration of its failure to do so! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpZSe4tDphE

Henry

juneto
02-15-2011, 03:27 PM
Things have certainly taken a turn for the worst !!
I thought Marigolds were a more serene .:confused: :eek:


June

charliedawg
02-15-2011, 06:28 PM
Hi Henry -- that was truly frightening -- and that was just the acting -- you've got to think that that hand is going to get a bit typecast.

Hi June --no need to worry - the police have captured the "'horrible hand" and placed it in a handcuff - mmmm - maybe we should keep on worrying...........

juneto
02-16-2011, 01:38 AM
Thanks Goodness !!
Now what to do about the Marigold !
Pot it in some Good whiskey , that would be the end if it . It would be gone in a puff with the light of a match . HAH :evil:
That would be Awfully mean spirited , I guess ,you Could Over water it .
june

seedy
02-16-2011, 11:18 AM
Sure beats those dreaded Prophylaticus latextem.....which one doubts one would find on that beach....;-)

charliedawg
02-16-2011, 11:57 AM
Hi Brian - I think it is stretching it a bit to expect to see this exotic species on a Scottish beach in mid-winter but we should never underestimate the ingenuity of the local populus in extremis.

PS How does this organism breed? I suspect the answer is with great difficulty!

PPS I thought I had started a "family" thread but now it has turned into a "family planning" thread

juneto
02-17-2011, 02:52 AM
Walter ,
Will the Eggs be Orange ?
How long is their incubation ? Are you or Henry the expert on these factoids ? People want to know !:confused:
June

charliedawg
02-17-2011, 04:57 AM
Sorry June - not my territory - Grainne is the eggspert

seedy
02-17-2011, 09:41 PM
I can understand the "difficulty in breeding" That sand must be so hard on the knees.....

Grainne
02-17-2011, 09:54 PM
Sorry June - not my territory - Grainne is the eggspert

Eggsactly! And that's no yolk! :lol:

Grainne

juneto
02-18-2011, 01:46 AM
EEEEEEUUUUUU!!!!! My husband would play can you top this ,with that one Grainne .
June:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

charliedawg
02-26-2011, 04:50 PM
St Andrews had a visit from the future king-to be-to be, William and his fiance Kate yesterday - they met while at University here. I guess it went well enough, but we waited in all morning and they didn't visit. In the afternoon we went down to our new business- the Marine Marigolds Farm at the East Sands, on the off-chance that the Royal couple would come and give our business a seal of approval but again, they did not appear, however, they did send the seal which was unfortunate as it ate our first Marigold crop by teatime.....

It wasn't a good day..............

charliedawg
03-03-2011, 01:53 PM
Given the avid interest expressed (or otherwise) by readers to this thread, I would just like to add a footnote re the non-appearance of the young Royal couple last week at the Marine Marigold Farm on the East Sands at St Andrews. In response to a polite enquiry, we have received word from the Palace that there was a concern about our parking and security arrangements. I leave it to any readers to judge from the photograph below just what a poor excuse this was.

Given that the Royal Seal ate this year's marigold stock, our "Marine Marigold Farm business is now sadly in the gloves of the liquidators. We are thinking of opening a pub called the "Dog and Cone" instead.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2011/125969-Charlie-and-parking-cone-80.jpg

juneto
03-03-2011, 02:22 PM
Is the Royal Seal kept on a leash ?
Why don't we have a picture of him Or is he like Nessie , unphotographable ?
That dog looks really Alien to me , better keep an eye on him. His attitude spells trouble .
June:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :wave:

charliedawg
03-03-2011, 05:50 PM
Unfortunately I would need to ask you to pay royalties to show you a photograph of the Royal Seal.

I have to advise you that our lovely dog, Charlie, reads this thread and he has been crying quietly in a corner after reading your remarks - how could you! Here is a painting of him from a few years back - what's not to like?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2011/125969-Charlie.JPG

nola276
03-03-2011, 08:30 PM
This thread seems to have taken a long walk with a dog, down a windy and wet lane since the originally posted picture of:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2011/216868-125969-Marigold.JPG



maybe this brightly coloured multi-lobar plant - marigoldus kitchenensis - is more widely known in the UK.

This is undoubtedly marigoldus kitchenensis masculinis. Unlike Digitalis purpurea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitalis_purpurea), the Fox Glove this species is more commonly known as the Washingup Glove. A lot of men all over the world are in fact very familiar with it, be it willingly or unwillingly. You really should be more precise in such an important and ground breaking posting.

Nola.

Grainne
03-03-2011, 10:28 PM
You really should be more precise in such an important and ground breaking posting.

Nola.

Au contraire, Charliedawg is nothing if not precise . . . but I've not been able to figure out precisely what :confused:


:wink2: :wink2:
Grainne

juneto
03-04-2011, 12:07 AM
OH Walter, never my intention !!!:o :crying: . I can't bear seeing an Alien Dog weep. Give him a belly scratch for me .
How much Are Royal Royalties? I might donate for Good cause . No Jewels or Tiaras I hope ??:( :(

Grainne !:D :D :lol: :lol: :lol:
June

JudyL
03-04-2011, 09:51 AM
Well, I realized sometime ago that the Harbinger of Spring, is really the crocus! That first year, in February, everyone would come up to me (didn't know them) saying excitedly "The Crocuses are up!" leaving me to wonder didn't they always do that?
NOW, 10 years later, I know, especially after this horrible winter, when I saw them, YEA! THE CROCUSES ARE UP! Spring WILL happen!

Marigolds are as common as muck, which we have had for sometime now!

juneto
03-04-2011, 02:48 PM
UMMMM !!! Don't Marigolds appear in the fall ?
Now,They multiply like rabbits .
My Skunk Cabbage is appearing , does that count for anything ?

June:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

charliedawg
03-04-2011, 05:17 PM
This is undoubtedly marigoldus kitchenensis masculinis. Unlike Digitalis purpurea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitalis_purpurea), the Fox Glove this species is more commonly known as the Washingup Glove. A lot of men all over the world are in fact very familiar with it, be it willingly or unwillingly. You really should be more precise in such an important and ground breaking posting. Nola

This is a common misconception as marigoldus kitchenesis is actually hermaphrodite which makes conception for this creature anything but common. As managing director (former) of the Marine Marigold Farm (former), I am deeply saddened to be accused of a taxonomic inexactitude in my area of specialist interest.

nola276
03-04-2011, 08:43 PM
Walter, I will have an answer for you once my interpreter tells me what you just said:lol:. In the meantime, i'm sure you're not the only one interested in your special area.

Cheers, Nola.

juneto
03-05-2011, 03:37 AM
OOH , Nola !!!,:(
Walter is a a Known Expert on the Sexual life of Marigold Kitchenisis of all Genders ,around the world !!:cool: There is no one else like him in the world , maybe Stephan Hawking!
He above all people would set you off in the wrong direction in these matters .:D
June

nola276
03-05-2011, 06:08 AM
:evil::lol::lol::lol:

charliedawg
03-05-2011, 06:10 PM
Hi June - I don't claim to be an expert in these things but you are right that I do have an specialist interest. Indeed I am currently writing a thesis "The Marigold Glove - its relevance to modern day cosmology". Most surprisingly, Professor Hawking's has refused my generous request to write a foreword to this work.

Grainne
03-05-2011, 09:01 PM
Hi June - I don't claim to be an expert in these things but you are right that I do have an specialist interest. Indeed I am currently writing a thesis "The Marigold Glove - its relevance to modern day cosmology". Most surprisingly, Professor Hawking's has refused my generous request to write a foreword to this work.

CDawg, that doesn't surprise me! I'm sure professional jealousy is at play here. Hawking is afraid your even briefer history of the marigold glove might top his A Brief History of Time on the bestselling esoteric books list.

That green-eyed monster can attack anyone, you know . . . raving geniuses might even be more susceptible, so you might want to guard your own heart.

Just a thought,
Grainne

juneto
03-06-2011, 02:15 AM
Hard to believe , Walter that Hawking does not recognize another great mind like yours and is not interested in you Unique subject matter , hard to believe .
Is your " Marigold Glove ", on Amazon yet ?
Well. Think of it this way , only 6 people in the world can understand his book and Everyone can understand yours ! Now that's something to be proud of !:D
June:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :evil:

charliedawg
03-06-2011, 08:43 AM
Hi Grainne and June - I know it is surprising and a little sad that Professor Hawkings has turned done the opportunity to grace my modest treatise with a foreword - but rather than wash my hands of him - I suspect that he just didn't fully understand my message - there's been a lot of that lately...

June re Amazon - I have discussed this with the people there and apparently my book has the distinction of being the first book in Amazon's history to be put on the "remaindered list" on the very day of publication...fame at last!!

juneto
03-06-2011, 02:44 PM
Walter .:heart:
You make my day with Loud Raucous Belly laughs in an empty room all the time and "What's the joke ?" or "What the heck is going on in there ", coming from DH in the next room !!
Many Thanks and lots of :grouphug: :grouphug: for All the fun .

June:thumbsup: :wave: