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Sunday, April 04, 2010


Max and I spent much of Easter Sunday working on the final bits of issue 8 of The Amateur Naturalist, which will be out in a couple of weeks unless something horrible happens.

It includes a jolly good article from Maxy on out-of-place arachnids and to tease him I put this 19th century illustration of the well known nursery rhyme as the header.

He had a fit!

To placate the lad I removed it, but found the image so peculiar that I felt bound to share it with everyone out in Bloggoland. Not just peculiar but mildly disturbing.

1 comment:

KJM said...

I believe this is from Father Goose illustrated by W.W.Denslow and written by L.Frank Baum - the team that gave the world The Wonderful Wizzard of Oz.