Saturday, 24 December 2011

Les the Meerkat: a Photographic Retrospective

Les the Meerkat has been puked on.  So has the festive edition of the Radio Times, my Mason Pearson hairbrush and the majority of the floor, but it's Les who was the real casualty here.  Rory is ill just in time for Christmas and has been throwing up this morning (thank you Father Christmas you utter shit).  We're not sure yet whether it's a dreaded stomach bug that's going to end up taking us all down in time for tomorrow or if it's just caused by the nasty cold/cough/viral misery that he's been ill with all week.  Either way, Les has been vommed on and has had a sad, lonely spin on a high temperature in the washing machine.  He is a changed meerkat ; where once was lovely soft fur, he now has fluffy and matted hair (much like me, Rory and Rich to be honest), his stuffing isn't sitting right and he looks very sorry for himself.  Luckily for Les, this family loves the underdog and I collect waifs and strays like other women collect shoes.  Richard even has a special 'tramp bag' packed and ready to go for next time a tramp knocks on our door in winter and is cold (contents: woolly socks, sleeping bag, jumper).  So newly ugly Les is still going to be loved as much as ever.  What better time for a photo retrospective of the Meerkat himself?

3 month old Rory with newly acquired, glossy coated Les. Love at first sight:

Rory and his best mate in their spy camp:

An impromptu boat trip:

Rory's 1st Birthday. Les looks on with pride:

Three in a bed tent scandal (featuring the imaginatively named Pengy the Penguin):

Face down in a scone for our Domestic Disgrace photoshoot with Hannah Millard:

Today: Puked on, shoved in the washing machine, dried with my hairdryer, moth-eaten and much loved.  All hail Les the Meerkat.


  1. Daughter thou should'st know by now that Meerkats don't take kindly to damp, dark places, especially those containing all sorts of pernicious detergent chemicals in a centrifuge rotating at 1200rpm (how would you feel?).
    Beware the unbidden knock at the door from East Cheshire Social Services and/or the RSPCA.

  2. A bit like Ethans poor glo worm. Ethan complained he was getting too dirty this week so I scrubbed him with soap, pre slacked him and stuck him in the washing machine with loads of vanish.. When he came out Ethan looked at him and clasped his hands together,his eyes as wide as saucers and exclaimed "glo worm is so clean now mummy! SO CLEAN!". He could not have been happier!

  3. Thats soacked nor slacked! Bloody iPad!

  4. I had to scrub Ben's beloved 'Dactyl' after a similar vom incident. He survived hand washing quite well.

  5. A polar bear in our house suffered a similar fate to Les..

    Hopefully Les is happy with his new punk-style hairdo!


  6. If they're pristine, they've not been sufficiently loved. Les looks fairly cheerful for his ordeal. My old teddy bear, Lawrence, is not only matted and tired looking, his nose is squashed right into his face from years of me going to sleep lying on top of him. Isabel's Pinty (she's a giraffe, obviously) has a head that lolls as though her neck is broken and has been embellished with marker pen. Such is the lot of toys...

    Lovely post, Lise. xx

  7. Compare the Meerkat!

    Les pre-puke is how your hair looks after coming back from the hairdresser. Lovely but unsustainable. Once you've washed it yourself- not in the washing machine although i have been tempted on those dark premenstrual days - it's never the same again.


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