Haiku: Dancing Wave

Our whippet friend Eivor has found a mermaid! Check out Whippet Wisdom for the full picture…

Whippet Wisdom - a Highland Journey

portrait of a senior black whippet on the beach looking over his shoulder at the sea

ocean wave
a fairy dancing
in my eye

© Xenia Tran

a wave dancing and splashing over a rocky outcrop by the beach

Wishing you all a very happy and balmy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Kate’s Friday Foto Fun: Waves

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Balm

Word of the Day Challenge: Fairy

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Pearl’s Sacred Space

Pearl thumbnailHi, Pearl here! And so is summer, it seems, with people and noise everywhere.

Call me a grouch, but it’s not my favourite season. My ears are super-sensitive and certain sounds drive me crazy, like the excited shrieks of kids on holiday and the thud of footballs being kicked around the beach. However, there’s one place the tourists (or grockles, as we call them) haven’t discovered yet, and that’s our local bluebell wood.

Sacred space

It doesn’t matter what’s going on elsewhere – bank holiday crowds, Scout jamborees or high winds in the treetops – this place is always peaceful. You can almost touch the stillness, and the only sound is the rich, echoing music of a blackbird. Annabelle says it’s like being in church, only better, and I think I know what she means – it’s a magical place where the presence of nature spirits is strong. As soon as you enter this little wood, it feels like a different order of reality.

You’d think a place like this would have hordes of admiring visitors in May, but we nearly always have it to ourselves. Annabelle says it’s because not many people know about it, but I think it really does exist in another dimension, which the fairies only show to special dogs – and their humans – at certain times.

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Tasting the magic

I like to think that Millie’s spirit lives here – or somewhere like it – and that I’ll live here too, when it’s my turn to cross the Bridge. A place without noise is my idea of heaven!

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Flower Fail

I’m not having much luck growing flowers on Millie’s grave. I used one of those wildflower packs that contain a mix of seeds and compost. I followed all the instructions, put copper bands down to keep the slugs off, and watered the soil regularly. I also kept a close eye on Pearl to make sure she didn’t dig it up. But no plants have appeared.

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Sorry about the paw prints – I just couldn’t resist!

I’m the first to admit I’m rubbish at gardening, but wildflowers are supposed to be easy. The clue is in ‘wild’. If they can grow on their own in the wild, they should surely grow when I plant them in my garden. It’s not as if the soil is poor; everything else in the garden is going viral. I have a wonderful crop of brambles and stingies!

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It could be that the garden belongs wholly to the nature spirits, and I must be content with what they choose to give me.

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Or maybe those ‘easy’ wildflower packs are just a con.

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Gateway to Magic

Gateway to Magic gets a thumbs-up from author and book blogger Kevin Cooper – visit his blog for the full review. You might also like to check out his books! I particularly enjoyed his moving ‘Miedo’ series, detailing the struggles of a young boy living in a dysfunctional family.

Author Kevin Cooper

STEVEN IS A BOY WHO PLAYS TO WIN – BUT THIS IS NO GAME.
THIS IS AN ADVENTURE HE CAN’T CONTROL.
Steven Topcliff loves gaming but doesn’t believe in fairies or magic – until tricky cousin Tracy drags him away from his game console and gets him to press a red button on a mysterious stone they find in the local park. The stone turns out to be a one-way gateway to Fairyland, where nature rules supreme and technology is banned by law.
Lost without his video games, Steven struggles to survive in this scary new world. The inhabitants are dangerous, sometimes deadly. The Land itself is a living being that deals out instant magical punishments to lawbreakers. And the truth about Tracy is terrible indeed. Homesick and horrified, Steven is desperate to escape.
Ignorant of the rules, it’s not long before he breaks them and ends up in the…

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Wordless Wednesday: Bliss

Frieda and Pearl in riverPearl drinkingHappy Pearl

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Storm Gareth

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Pearl beams her thoughts onto the page

We’ve lost another tree from the front garden – all thanks to Storm Gareth.

We dogs are closer to Nature than humans. We can see things most humans can’t, including the elementals who control the weather – and Gareth was aptly named. To me, he looked like a monster rugby player.

Rugby players are big, strong, powerful and fast. They plough through the opposition like tanks and don’t let anything stand in their way. Recently the Welsh team has been storming its way through the Six Nations tournament, and last week Gareth came storming through our garden, hell-bent on annihilating all obstacles. He had a particular grudge against the hawthorn tree, and after several days of constant battering, it fell over onto next door’s electricity cable and had to be taken down.

Storms, trees and cables are not a good mix. Our garden used to look like this:

Garden before Gareth

Now it looks like this:

Gareth wrecks the garden

When the conifers came down a while back, the fairies were angry and made life quite difficult for a while. I hope they realise this latest tree death was Gareth’s fault, and go after him instead of us!

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A Book Review: Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story

I always like to give a bark-out to my fellow canine authors, and this book by Sam the Collie looks like a winner! Who doesn’t love sausages and cheese?

Once Upon a Time....

“Entertaining humans for cheese is a bit daft really, but cheese is cheese!” Wise words from Sam: a smart, talented, handsome, and very entertaining Collie, who, in my opinion, is the spitting image of Lassie.

Author, Sally Cronin writes, through the eyes of her beloved Collie, Sam. It is a poignant, funny, and oh so entertaining story about life with Sam.

Sam tells us about his life, and what it is like growing up dog. I couldn’t help but fall head over heels in love with Sam! And so will you! 

Sam is very literate, he did narrate this book, after all. Sam’s memoir: Sam: A Shaggy Dog Story, is a truly incredible life story of his life as a Collie. He narrates poignantly about his first memories of being a puppy, his incredible curiosity of the world around him, as well as his travels, mishaps, and friendships, and about…

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Momo

The internet is an exciting place for kids, but it has it has its dangers too. This Mum has a serious warning about something nasty that has surfaced in children’s chat rooms.

Tripping Over Pebbles No More

This week I’ve learnt a lot about the internet.

I mean, I’m not stupid, I know there is a lot of terrible stuff on there and I know that perverts, paedophiles, sadist…let’s not go on, you get the idea, are all on there looking for their next victim.

Worse than me learning a lot about the internet is lovely  ten year old Munki learning about it. She lives here with us and has for the last four years but in my head she is still a four year old innocent. That’s probably why I found this so shocking.

Having been so thrilled about getting her own phone as recently as Christmas. It has now been taken away from her. The reason being that she has spent 90% of her time since getting it sitting alone in a corner chatting to people she doesn’t know and forming relationships with them.

Luckily…

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Nightmare Hair #dreamdeeply

Have you ever wondered why you can go to bed with perfectly tidy hair and yet wake up in the morning looking like you’ve swapped heads with Worzel Gummidge? Maybe you thought it was down to tossing and turning in your sleep. But look again. Can mere tossing and turning really explain such a hideous mess?

Nightmare Hair

Of course not. The real cause is much more sinister. You’ve been a victim of THE GOBLIN HAIRDRESSER.

This loathsome creature sneaks into your home at night armed with an array of instruments designed to ruin your day from the outset. While you sleep, he washes your hair in cat pee and conditions it with slug slime. Then he splits every single end with his supernaturally sharp scissors. Then he dries it with a hairdryer that belts out 1000 degrees. Then he crimps and tongs it into a ludicrous construction of bulges, kinks and spikes, before backcombing it into an explosion of frizz. Finally, he smothers it in hairspray that sets like cement, ensuring you’ll waste several fruitless hours struggling to restore it to sanity…

…and he always does it the night before your have to be somewhere important, with tidy hair, first thing in the morning.

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So next time you have a bad hair day, you’ll know who to blame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sorry I’m Late!

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Is it too late to say Happy New Year?

I was sad when Millie crossed the Bridge last year, because I couldn’t follow her, and I thought that meant I wouldn’t see her again. But on New Year’s Eve, something strange happened.

We were getting ready to go out, and I was excited because we were going to a dinner party at Snip and Frieda’s. Suddenly, the excitement drained out of me and I had a strong urge to lie down on Millie’s bed (which is still in the living room). I found myself lying in an awkward crouch, like a cricket, which was the exact position Millie used to lie in when she was old and hurting. I could feel her presence all around me, though I couldn’t see her.

It could have been down to too much party food, but that night I had a dream that felt even more real than when I’m awake. I was out on a walk with Snip and Frieda, and I found Millie walking beside me. I said, ‘How come I can see you? I didn’t think I was allowed across the Bridge.’ Millie said, ‘You can’t come to my side, but I can come to yours.’

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Since then I’ve met Millie several times in dreams, and she always looks young, healthy and happy. I asked her why I couldn’t see her when I was awake, and she said, ‘How do you know you’re not awake now?’ I said, ‘This is a dream. I want to see you again in real life.’ But she just said, ‘The place where we meet is more real than “real” life.’

Lately our conversations have taken a more practical turn – she’s nagging me about this month’s post. I told her I’ve been busy helping Annabelle with her latest book. ‘I’ve been astral travelling to Storyland and bringing back ideas, like you taught me,’ I said. ‘That’s good!’ she said. ‘But you mustn’t neglect our blog. Our readers will expect a post from you at least once a month.’

This isn’t going to be easy. Last month I had a lot to say, but this month I seem to have run out of ideas. I’m hoping it’s just the January blues, because I don’t want to let Millie down when she’s taught me so well.

After all, if it wasn’t for her, I’d still be talking Doglish!

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