|THE SMILING DONOR : Green Tree Frog, Litoria caerulea Pavel German © Australian Museum|
Whew, that's Christmas over for another year - apart from the hungry cries of retailers who have forgotten which Dickens book they are supposed to be in. No, sorry,it's not 'Oliver Twist' (please sir I want some more) except that they forgot to say 'please', but the message of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' that they should be keeping in mind.
If you look here you'll find a poem called December 26 about the things that Santa forgot, on the wonderful American Public Media Writer's Almanac page.
But this year my favourite present was a generous dollop of frog-spawn, kindly left for me on Christmas Eve by a visiting frog.
She must have known that my goldfish recently went to the Great Weedy Pond In The Sky ... already I can see the eggs changing from fullstops into tiny commas ...
... and 'I think there's something in that for all of us, don't you?'