I’ve only just realised something!

The castle that proudly sits at the centre of Disneyland in California is NOT the same as the one that is in Walt Disney World in Florida or Tokyo Disneyland. It’s also not the same one as Lego used to create their model that I built at Xmas time.

The original castle in Disneyland California is known as the Sleeping Beauty Castle, here is a photo I took of it when I went there in 2012.

When Walt Disney World was built they used the Cinderella Castle which is much taller and more spectacular and it is this castle which features in the Disney Logo and at the start of the Disney movies. When Tokyo Disneyland was built they copied the more spectacular Cinderella Castle as its centrepiece. Here’s a photo I took of it way back in 1985.

The Lego Disney Castle I built this Xmas is the Cinderella Castle.


Apparently Walt Disney was inspired by the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany while on holiday there before construction began of Disneyland and based the Sleeping Beauty Castle on it, it is also rumoured that the German castle was his inspiration for the Cinderella movie castle. They both have turrets with blue tops but to me the Sleeping Beauty castle has a closer resemblance to the German one.

There is also an urban myth that Disney have to pay Germany (or the owner of the castle) royalties – but I think it’s just that… an urban myth.


I Swallowed a Fly

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I don’t know why she swallowed the fly,
I guess she’ll die.                         Lyrics from:

I know why she swallowed the fly… she was gardening!!!

After having brunch with a friend this morning in a cafe that is part of a garden centre, I made the most of the visit and bought some new plants for the garden, hoping to inspire me to get stuck in and tidy up my very neglected courtyard.

It worked.  I got busy and did a major number on everything.  However this very annoying fly wouldn’t leave me alone, so I spun round to whack it away and it flew into my mouth!!!  There was much coughing and spluttering in a feeble attempt to get rid of it before I swallowed it.  I ran inside and rinsed with gallons of water then had a big glass of coke (coz coke can dissolve coins if you leave them soaking in it long enough I’ve been told, so it’s bound to kill flies and any germs it carried with it).

After 5 minutes I could still feel it in my mouth, but knew I was imagining things, so I went back outside to carry on in the garden.  Suddenly I felt a tickling in my mouth again so I ran back to the sink to have another big cough and a drink, that’s when the fly flew out of my mouth and landed in the sink looking very crushed but STILL ALIVE.

I picked it up and fed it to my Venus Fly Trap but even that didn’t want it, I wonder why, but eventually it closed its jaws on the still wriggling thing that had set up camp in MY MOUTH.