Greetings to all my dear human friends! It has been many Camelopardalian moons since I last visited your planet via the Interneck. We have had such adventures! I shall begin with our most important news; this has been a nexceptional year for sprouts ...
As you will know, we giraffes love our sprouts and they have a very special place in our culture and energy. (Necky Becky has just reminded me that she will NOT eat sprouts!)
Our Brassica camelopardalis are very similar to your earthly Brussels sprouts, coming from the same family. Here are some of our most popular varieties:
'Nexceptional' yields very neat tightly-budded sprouts with a lovely nutty flavour and is one of the easiest to grow.
'Celestial Giraffe' sprouts are a little untidy in their individual shapes, yet their taste is truly heavenly! Those of us with a delicate and experienced palate can detect subtle honey-like flavours that vary from region to region.
Last and most important is our great 'Fountain of Flatulence', grown especially for our AFF Gas energy supply. A robust plant that will flourish in any soil, it has a wholesome flavour especially popular in soups.
Camelopardalian sprouts grow very tall, and have to be harvested with special long-handled tools.
Here we are enjoying a family sprout-gathering in our vegetable patch at Necky Knoll House. The February evening sun sends low shafts of light between the trees and overhead the sky is dusky pink and mauve.
As it grows dark an enticing aroma wafts across the garden. Uncle Girth is busy at a huge tureen of freshly prepared sprout soup! It's time for supper ...
(c) Ingrid Sylvestre - Artist, Illustrator, Writer, Durham North East England UK
I think of myself as quite an ordinary giraffe really. Very much a family man - couldn't be without Maureen, she's my inspiration in everything. (Maybe I'm not so ordinary after all - Maureen certainly isn't, and neither are the kids!) I'm rambling ...
Maureen keeps me gently in Giraffe World when I get carried away with my more convoluted ideas. She's always serene and calms everyone just by looking at them with her beautiful enigmatic eyes. She's also a brilliant saleswoman!
Nexi and Necky Becky squabble a lot, as sisters do. Nexi is totally focussed on design and her boyfriend, and likes the world to accommodate this. Necky B. is rather a grumpy little rebel. She's dyed her fur pink and goes everywhere with her Neckshund dog, Hals.
Littl' Nicky is the baby of the family. I think he takes after me - he's quite a philosopher. (The others say his utterances make a lot more sense than mine!)
I worked for 17 years as an accountant, but always felt there was more. The elusive 'something' that you know you should be doing, but you're not quite sure what. Then suddenly - right idea, right time! Now you have to stick your neck out and go for it ...