Thursday, January 23, 2020

Fence Week, #1


The below fable starts a week of fence items, so welcome to Fence Week, dear readers.

I know what you're thinking. . .  BORING!

So let's see if Fence Week can be made interesting over the next 7 days.


Aesop’s Fable: The Wolf and the Lamb

A flock of sheep were feeding in a meadow while their dogs were asleep, and their shepherd at a distance, playing on his pipe beneath the shade of a spreading elm.

A young, inexperienced Lamb, observing a half-starved Wolf peering through the pales of the enclosure, entered into conversation with him. “Pray, what are you seeking for here?” said the Lamb “I am looking,” replied the Wolf, “for some tender grass; for nothing, you know, is more pleasant than to feed in a fresh pasture, and to slake one’s thirst at a crystal stream, both which I perceive you enjoy within these pales in their utmost perfection. Happy creature,” continued he, “how much I envy your lot, who are in full possession of the utmost I desire; for philosophy has long taught me to be satisfied with a little!”

“It seems, then,” returned the Lamb, “those who say you feed on flesh accuse you falsely, since a little grass will easily content you. If this be true, let us for the future live like brethren, and feed together.”

So saying, the simple Lamb immediately crept through the fence, and at once became a prey to the pretended philosopher, and a sacrifice to his own inexperience and credulity.


There is a reason for fences; don’t stray out of bounds.


By the way, I’m not reposting the item on Robert Frost’s poem Mending a Wall but for those interested, here is the link:

Worth a revisit


The following item is not related to fences as such but it does relate to bars of a cage, which is like a mini-fence of sorts.

Funnily enough, as I was typing the Aesop's Fable story, the following item was mentioned on an episode of QI that Kate was watching.

The story, documented by names of persons involved, is that a little girl brought her hamster to a veterinary practice because it hadn’t moved for three days,  just sat by the side of the cage and wouldn’t eat or drink.

The girl was asked if anything had happened to the animal before this and she replied he had escaped and was found under the fridge. 

When the vets took the hamster out of his cage he began walking around normally, which they didn’t understand. After further examination, the hamster was found to have something in its mouth, that something being a fridge magnet in his cheek pouch.  

For 3 days he had been stuck to the cage bars by the magnet.

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