When I was a kid my favourite toy was the Sylvanian Families barge. I spent ages making bedding for the beds, curtains for the windows and minute little food items out of modelling clay. My otter family had many improbable adventures involving waterfalls, rapids and even a trip to the arctic. A far cry from the reality of living on the river. While not an appropriate vessel for taking on an sea voyage, the houseboats moored alongside Regent’s Canal are still wonderful, and I would definitely recommend the tow path for a sunny weekend ramble.
Who doesn’t love a few tongue-in-cheek boat names?
Octopus sweatshirt c/o Skip’N Whistle | ASOS skirt | Ballet pumps c/o Freed of London
Another sweatshirt to add to my animal collection. I have a bat, a dodo, and now an octopus. I love the drama of this print from US-based brand Skip ‘N Whistle; any zoologist (if they specialise in cephalopods) will tell you that some octopus and squid attack from beneath, tentacles first. It’s easier to see your prey if they are outlined against the brighter surface water – fact. Octopus are amazingly clever animals, capable of solving maze puzzles with ease. Quite a feat considering that they are in the same phylum as snails, which can barely move in a straight line let alone figure out what the straight line is for.
Thank you to Skip ‘N Whistle for such a biologist-appropriate sweatshirt! You can check out the rest of their collection here.