On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter Lyrebird.

These photos go into the “traveling and thinking of Balloon Juice readers” category, not the “photographic excellence” category, but I hope you will enjoy them nonetheless!

Present for Steve?

As you’ll see in the second picture, these are cat beds… rather imaginative felted wool cat beds. When I saw this blue one, as I walked down the street in a cute town in Western Mass, I thought: If I had no money concerns, I would buy this for Steve and send it to John Cole just for the photo ops!

A less alarming cat bed, plus now you see the label…

Since the first photo isn’t obvious, I took a picture of the “Cat Beds” sign, plus a more innocent-looking bed. If you look carefully at the photo, you may find evidence that I have feet!


Thank you so much Lyrebird, do send us more when you can.


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8 replies
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    Cute cat bed(even though I’m not a cat person). Taking pics though store windows is really hard, not a bad job.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Do they make that bed in a suitable-for-humans size? Just curious.

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    Mary G says:

    I am curious about the Farm Anatomy game in the window. The blue cat bed is great, possibly too small for Steve, but pictures of him trying to fit would be hilarious.

    ETA: Google tells me that Farm Anatomy is a book, not a game. Oh well.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Um, yeah, that’s it. For a friend Really.

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    Quinerly says:


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    Ben Cisco says:

    LOL at that first bed.

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    Trying to imagine Samwise in that first one…

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