Monday, February 20, 2006


Can anyone guess what this is?

That's right. It's a very small, very bad photograph taken with my very cheap camera phone.

But that's not the point.

Look closer. Don't be shy - closer...
That, good people of Blogland, is a picture of the first Daffodils of the year beginning to bloom. Yep, the Daffs think Spring is here.

Well, no-one ever accused Daffodils of being particularly clever.
One sunny day and they think Winter is gone. Hah! I'll believe that when I see it. We're having some very pretty sunrises and sunsets... accompanied by stormclouds and gale-force winds. Isn't Spring supposed to be warm sunny days, tweeting birds and all that?
Mind you, I've seen birds. This morning when I left for work it looked like a scene from a Hitchcock movie - there were thousands of crows outside (and no that's not an exaggeration) - in the air, on the roofs, and all making a helluva racket. I don't really associate crows with Springtime though. They're more suited to horror movies.

Anyway, I'm sure you've had enough of the weather report.
I have something else I'd like to discuss.

Angel asked me in a comment about 'Blogging Etiquette' - in this case related to meme's and tags. Since Chitty also brought up this issue in his post today, I figured this was as good a time as any to air my views on the subject. (haha, I almost typed 'View my Airs' - Freudian slip perhaps?!)

So Angel, to answer your question:

Don't stress - I don't believe there are any hard & fast rules... You can pretty much tag anyone you like. Whether they see the tag & respond is another matter entirely. Normally if people 'steal' a meme from someone they mention where they got it somewhere in the post... that's just good manners as far as I'm concerned. Some people don't like being tagged; some people tag them anyway. As for being rude... it's your blog after all so you can pretty much post whatever you please. If you don't wanna do it, don't do it. If people don't like it, well, tuff!! Don't let the neuroses take over, girl. Call me, I'll save you (just as soon as I'm done saving myself, LOL!)

This leads me to more or less what I left as a comment on Chitty's post. It amazes me that in a world governed by laws and rules, a world that is ravaged by violence, inhumanity, lawlessness and rudeness, the thing that has most restored my faith in humanity is Blogland, where there are no rules, no official etiquette. Because here I have seen a better display of good manners than anywhere in the 'real' world. In my opinion the world would be a much better place if it took its lead from Cyberspace.
How messed up is that?!

OK I'll get off my soapbox now. Oh, btw - anyone feel free to correct me / add your own thoughts on this one. It's a free world ;-)


Jeff said...

I'd just like to add that with very few exceptions the people I have encountered in Blogland have been very kind and courteous and I am enjoying the online friendships. I count you among my Blogland friends, Terri. :)

anne said...

Yeah, we're ace.
In that weird, anti-social, hide-behind-a-screen way.

-Ann said...

I think the cherry blossom trees are equally confused. Drive along the Merrion Road and it looks like it's spring. I'm with you though - I don't believe it.

Spookie the Warrior said...

YEP! I love blogland and the people who read and comment.

Here is some poetry for you: (erm)

"Spring is sprung the grass is griz, I wonder where the birdies iz."


"Hooray! Hooray! Spring is on the wing! - How utterly absoid! The wing is on the boid!"


kyknoord said...

Maybe the daffs know something we don't. There was a definite nip in the air here this morning.

ChittyChittyBangBang! said...

Daffs are the innocents of the "flower world".
I've seen a few nasty things happen in blogland too, but in general I agree, ppl are respectfull, kind and good to one another.

Terri said...

Jeff - why thank you... Likewise :-)

Anne - LOL! Good point. It sort of allows us to cover a multitude of sins, eh?!

-Ann - Hi, Howareya? I'd forgotten about those. I saw some blossoms from the train last Friday already too.

Just Me - That's just Spooky ;-) I used to work with someone who would say those rhymes in Springtime. Haven't seen her in years. It was a nice reminder of a nice person - thanks!

Kyknoord - mwahahahaha!! So much for your Summer... our turn is coming! (sort of)

Chitty - Innocent / stupid... sometimes the 2 are interchangeable, no?

beadinggalinMS said...

Well said Terri!! Blogland has the best people!

The daffs are sooo pretty. Where I lived in Missouri it amazed they would pop up and the next day it would snow. But they held their own and bloomed :)

DelBoy said...

Well for all the sun that we've had in the UK lately, today was payback! I don't know what the temperature was, but it was freezing. And then, around lunchtime, buckets of snow! It looked like pouring rain, but it was snowing.

It didn't settle on the ground though, so no snowboarding in the streets! ;-)

It'll be a while before Spring shows it's face in London methinks!

Terri said...

Beads - Well of course Blogland has the best people... I hang out here, don't I? LOL!

Del - That might explain the scary clouds and icy wind that's sweeping through Dublin at the moment. Brrr!

Underachiever said...

The daffs are tres cool.

as far as rules. I have one, be yourself.


BUDDESS said...

I totally agree with you Terri. I find it amazing how respectful bloggers are of others. I think I have only seen 1 instance of true nastiness since I started blogging last year.