Not Rotting In The Suburbs


This is something I am joining in on after reading a post from my friend Rebekah over on ColderWeather

It’s a blog-hop, where people join in on a theme, and the theme this week is something we see every day.

This guy is in our hallway, and I go through the same thought process every time I see him. He is next to the coat rack so I see him at a point when my procession through the flat stops at my coat – to put it on or take it off.

One of the ‘benefits’ of life in Edinburgh is that a coat is a necessity for most of the year, so i see the coat rack regularly.

My wife Tamara bought the puppet in India.

She bought it from the puppeteer after his show. A puppet just like this one figured in his show and what you can’t see is that his head is ‘removeable’.

That is, it is not joined to his body. He is a magician and one of his tricks is to lose his head.

My wife also bought the postcard here in the UK with the wonderful ‘I am not going to rot away my life in the suburbs…’ quote.

The quote is from Diary Of A Nobody by the brothers George and Weedon Grossmith.

Why I Chose This

The puppet and quote make me think. Are we rotting away our lives or have we escaped the wheel of dreaded dullness?

That’s one thing I think but it is secondary to the other thing I think.

The thing I think is that I am pleased to be associated with my wife who put this card here and who bought this puppet.


  1. Rebekah says:

    Glad you joined the blog hop. It’s coming back to life now, next Thursday. We started it before last Christmas, but it deteriorated due to a lot of circumstances … illness, divorces … you name it. We are three people who started this, Mara over at, myself and Myfanwy at

    It’s a good thing to stop and ask oneself that question every now and then. I think one must avoid boredom and old rut the best one can. I’m not easily bored, thankfully.


  2. vanglo48 says:

    I enjoy reading your thought processes. They make me stop and think. And that’s a good “think”. I think…you might take your wife to dinner. Break up the hum drum a little. 🙂


    1. Thanks. Even writing the post made me stop and think – I did something romantic for when my wife got home. I won’t say that’s unusual for me, but it certainly got me moving my ass to do something.



  3. I’m rotting away my life in the city. It’s a matter of taste of course, but I’m a city person. I’m not saying that I’ll always live in a city, but I find that rotting is easier, less painful and quicker in the city.


    1. I am a country mouse, while my wife is a city mouse. That said I find living ‘in’ the city is fine – and we are 20 minutes walk from the centre here in Edinburgh.

      It is the nether-world of endless streets far from the city centre – streets without a sense of centre or place that my wife hates. I don’t mind them so much so long as the vernacular architecture is appealing.

      That said, my most hated piece of architecture is the English window that has two sideways-opening windows around a central vertical pillar and in one of those windows another mini window that opens upwards. It iss window invented by a man with economics for a heart.


      1. I’ve never been to Edinburgh, but it looks like you have a lot of interesting things to photograph there. Hopefully I get to visit some day,m becauswe it’s not that far away really. I’m guessing a couple of hours flight from Oslo.
        I don’t think that I’ve seen those kind of windows before. I just came back from a week on the countryside now and while I was there, I thought to myself that if I lived on the countryside I would have to get a macro lens for my camera…


        1. I’ll make it a point to take a photograph next time I pass one of the ugly windows. You are right that it is interesting here – lots of old and interesting architecture.
          If you make the journey here, let me know and I will give you the tour 🙂

          We were just at the Botanic Gardens (set in 40 hectares right here in Edinburgh) and I was just thinking that I would like a macro lens. I used my iPhone and it is pretty good, but a good macro would be nice.

          Remind me, what camera do you have?


        2. I have a Canon EOS 600D and a Canon Ixus 130 pocket camera. I mostly use the crappy pocket camera, because it’s always with me. It’s a shame really.


        3. I have great cameras, but for some reason they because less great the longer I have them…


  4. nuvofelt says:

    Thanks for joining in – and for your patience. Intermittent internet has made it difficult to follow the links. Hope you will join in again.


    1. Many thanks – sorry about your internet connection – must make things difficult.


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