George and Rainbow Nation

There are two lizards that live on the wall outside the kitchen. Hat and I have been enjoying their antics from our schoolroom window for some weeks now.

In the morning they doze on the wall and when they get cold, they scuttle down and lie on the paving stones which are almost too hot for us to walk across. Intermittently they race back into the shade of a potplant. I have studied their sunbathing in great detail, marvelling at how they can tolerate the scalding stone for so long.  They are very clever: they rest their weight on their heels with their toes (are they toes?) raised like their tails so that the most sensitive parts of their bodies aren’t in touch with the baking cement. 

Hat and I have christened them George (dull brown with white markings, and quite fat) and Rainbow Nation, sleekly resplendent in reds, oranges and purples. I can’t fathom why Rainbow Nation, who appears so much more beautiful, so much larger, is friends with portly, plain George? Perhaps RN has a problem with self-esteem and finds it easier to befriend a less glamorous creature? Perhaps George is better at catching flies and generous about sharing his bounty? Perhaps he has a great sense of humour? Perhaps he knows where to find the best sun-spots, safe from cats? Perhaps he’s just terrific company?

In the absence of much else to entertain us, our days are distilled to seeking interest in the tiny here and now of Outpost life. Including analysing the habits of reptiles.

I can’t decide whether this is a good or a bad thing?


9 Responses to “George and Rainbow Nation”

  1. Mama Colin Says:

    My guess is that Portly, Plain George should really be renamed – Pregnant, Pre-nursing Georgina! If George is very portly it is entirely possible that ‘he’ is pregnant as lizards are oviparous, sometimes laying as many as 12 eggs. It’s only a guess but certainly there are many other examples in the natural world where the male of the species is resplendent in all his colours, whilst the poor old female is drab, dour and remarkably unexeptional. Agama lizards, which I suspect these are, follow this trend with the territorial male keeping his leading lady close by!

  2. R. Sherman Says:

    Perhaps the “Zen” quality of being engrossed in the “here and now” is more worthwhile than you think.

    BTW, I read “potplant” and was startled, until I realized you weren’t speaking of marijuana but of a “plant in a pot” which we Americans call a “potted plant.” Sorry for the misread.


  3. reluctantmemsahib Says:

    Thanks Mama Col! That’s a great reponse. I hadn’t thought of that. But I bet you”re right; the rotund tummy could well be incubating baby rainbow nations? Always thought it grossly unfair that the female of the species need be so drab. George has duly been renamed Georgin and we’ll be watching out for hatchlings; Hat has just compared G with other brown lizards on the wall and he/she is definately rounder in the girth. What excitment!

  4. reluctantmemsahib Says:

    Mr Sherman. PotPlant doesn’t sound like such a bad idea at times. Then perhaps Rainbow Nation would develop wings and pigs – or more correctly, lizards – would fly; that’d certainly give me something interesting, and even more colourful, to blog about! Afraid just common or garden potTED plant though. How dull of me.

  5. iota Says:

    I think the tiny here and nows are a good focus for your thoughts. For a start, they are exotic and exciting to the rest of us. Secondly, there is ample evidence that you do actually spend quite a lot of time cogitating big global issues as well – it is a good counterbalance. Thirdly, let me tell you that I spent this morning watching Barbie as Rapunzel, and found myself finding Prince Stefan quite attractive (I think it was the muscly thighs shown off by the medieval hose, as well as his kind face and interesting personality of course). The distractions of civilised life aren’t always as elevating as you might think.

  6. gary Says:

    Hi there relucant. I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks back and have been popping around now and again to have a read. I agree with iota. Your life may seem caught up in the minutea but I find it a fascinating. In many ways, we live a world apart. Anyway, these words are written as encouragement to keep you writing.

  7. reluctantmemsahib Says:

    Iota, Gary: thank you both very much. One never thinks of ones own life as being that interesting though. Iota – glad am not alone in doing the whole Barbie thing and finding myself, somewhat alarmingly, becoming engrossed. Rivals lizard watching at times, even.

  8. **~~XxJennyxX~~** Says:

    That is one gross picture of a lizard. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh

  9. Drew Says:

    theyre red headed agama’s. the sandy brown coloured one is probably his female mate. the female red head agamas are not coloured like the males.

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