A postman in the US meets 250 dogs in his daily route and for years has been making a Christmas stocking for them all. He calls his tradition ‘Santa Paws’.
Scott Arnold lost his son this year and thought he would have been unable to do his usual 250 Christmas stockings but as his son had loved dogs so much he thought he should give it a go to distract himself and a way to honour his son Jason.
He buys miniature Christmas stocking for all the dogs and personalises each of them with the dogs name. Scott Arnold knows all the names of all the dogs that he meets in his route. In his stockings he also puts a newsletter where he welcomes every new dog and remembers all the dogs that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. This year 18 dogs in his route have passed away and even if they don’t get their usual treats from him, they will be fondly remembered.
Scott, who is now 66, has been delivering dogs Christmas stockings for over 20 years and found that even this year, organising the stockings and delivering them was a good therapy to deal with the death of his own son.
For the first time you can visit Buckingham Palace’s gardens
For the first time, the famous Queen’s Gardens at Buckingham Palace will be opened. Normally only the Royal Family and those invited to the Queen’s parties can see them. The reason for this decision is that this summer there will be no traditional opening of part of the building because of the pandemic and to compensate they open the gardens.
Visitors will be able to wander the garden paths and experience the calm of this garden in the heart of London. You will see Horse Chestnut Avenue, the plane trees planted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the famous lake with its bee island of Buckingham Palace. You can also have a picnic on one of the lawns. The gardens will be open from 9 July to 19 September but there are also weekend tours in April and May. You can book your tickets here.
This must be the smallest flat in London ever
We have seen in recent years so flats that are practically little bigger in a shoe box rented or sold for high prices. We have always wondered how one can live in such a place because in many of these apartments there is not even room to store stuff or invite a friend.
We have now found the overall winner among London’s microscopic flats. This is an apartment in a tree in Brockwell Park with practically a sleeping place, a tiny wardrobe and a nightstand. Only a Barbie could be comfortable there. There is also the real estate agency sign that says it has been sold.
Clearly this is a joke or a way to point out how small London flats can be and are still sold and rented. In any case if you want to go and see it, you will find it in the south part of Brockwell Park in Brixton.
London Zoo’s three young alpacas need a name
We are all invited to choose a name for the three new alpacas at London Zoo. The first alpaca is 11 months old, it’s white and you can choose between Alpacaccino, Cusco and Snowball. The second alpaca is brown born 8 months ago and you can choose between Lima, Pumpkin Spice and Cookie. While the third, again brown, was born 9 months ago and could be called Cuenca, Humbug or Toffee Nut. Winning names will be announced when the zoo reopens.
If you also want to contribute and vote for the names you prefer, you can do it here. The London Zoo should open shortly but will miss the the Easter period, which is usually one of its busiest times.
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