19 June 2009

house guest


We have a house guest. Well, more of a garden guest as he has brought his own house with him. He's called Tank, though we are already beginning to think of him as Mario Panzer.

What exactly do you think a tortoise would like to do while he is on holiday?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

i think you should let you son keep him

60 Going On 16 said...

A bucket of greenery from your allotment, a tortoise- sized deckchair, and a very small knotted handkerchief for his head.

kristina said...

He's fabulous--what a face. K x

Anonymous said...

Is this a Ian Hamilton Finlay reference? When we used to live in Edinburgh we used to enjoy visiting his garden at Little Sparta with its fibreglass tortoises insciribed Panzer Leader:
http://www.petermanson.com/littlesparta14.jpg

On matters horticultural do you know about the new community garden at Abbey Gardens?

http://www.somewhere.org.uk/abbeygardens

We've been down there today digging the bed for the squash.

Best wishes,


Joan

colleen said...

D - The idea of the tortoise in a deck chair with a knotted hankie on his head tickles me. I can see it now.

Joan - Actually, it was not a conscious reference to Little Sparta. It was a name my son came up with, the anonymous commenter who is very keen to keep the tortoiase.

Abbey Gardens sounds like the start of something wonderful. I'll have to take a look.

Rattling On said...

He is rather handsome. I can see why anon would want to keep him. He looks a bit of a literary type to me. Maybe the a good novel would keep him off the streets?

Liz said...

Swim? Not sure if tortoises are amphibious but, if not, then maybe he'd enjoy a paddle in the shallows. I know I do.

Elizabeth said...

He it too cute for words I must say!

Elizabeth said...

OH I forgot to mention, yes we did have a very lovely time in England,and how lucky that you got to go to university there, what a beautiful city!!

Anonymous said...

he looks a lot like my tortoise, Timothy. Is he a Horsefield (or Russian tortoise)?

colleen said...

According to a tortoise breeding friend, Mario Panzer is a Greek Spur Thigh. There's a good little article on Wiki that explains the distinction.