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Saturday, 3 November 2012

In search of a pea green boat....

A cat in search of a pea green boat....... oh dear, not this burned out hull.....that won't float off to the land  where the Bong Tree grows!

This looks "pea-green".....

I wonder where Owl is.....

 No sign of the honey or money wrapped up in a five pound note though.

Maybe today is not the time to sail away for a year and a day...... Sigh.....

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat (by Edward Lear)

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
   In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
   Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
   And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
    What a beautiful Pussy you are,
         You are,
         You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl!
   How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
   But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
   To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
   With a ring at the end of his nose,
             His nose,
             His nose,
   With a ring at the end of his nose.

"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
   Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
So they took it away, and were married next day
   By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
   Which they ate with a runcible spoon;   
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
   They danced by the light of the moon,
             The moon,
             The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)


  1. Another of those childhood songs I still know off by heart, Sian. :-) Lovely photos.

    1. I've always loved that song. And Button seems to embody the cat :-)

  2. To this day, the "runcible spoon" fascinates me. Such an intriguing word, "runcible." I understand there is a "runcible" cat as well.

    1. Oh yes - the runcible cat! I'd forgotten about that. Can't remember where I've seen it now....

  3. Lovely photos and words. I like Edward Lear, especially this one, and the Pobble who had no toes, until he went to 'fish for his Aunt Jobiska's Runcible Cat with crimson whiskers...'

    1. Ah you've answered my question in the reply to WOL - I couldn't remember where I'd seen the "runcible cat". Yes I love Edward Lear!