Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Could You Just?

How many times have I have heard this over the years?
It is a phrase that is usually accompanied by a slightly pained expression
A tilt of the head
A half smile
and occasionally a bit of desperate flirting
"Could you just?"
I always know what's coming next.
.................this morning there was a knock at the door
A woman with that slightly hopeful expression smiled somewhat theatrically at me
" Could you just...........?"

....and in a cardboard box in the back of her car, was sat a lone, elderly chocolate coloured duck.
" has she a name?"' I asked the woman
She blushed slightly
"Her name is Lena Horne"

No more " stormy Weather"

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  1. "Could you just...." followed by "of course"!
    Bless you!

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  2. Poor thing will getting ravaged with a name like that on a field like yours with sexually pumped up drakes that you own ....... She will fit in nicely !

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    1. Horn..... Duh...just got it!

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    2. so unlike you ! must be the radio 4 playing incessantly !

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  3. i love lena horne and she must be so happy to have a new home!

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  4. You couldn't POSSIBLY say no, could you?

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  5. And who doesn't love chocolate ... in any form? Hope she fits right in.

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    1. She has been living in a rabbit hutch for 4 years apparently

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  6. What a lucky duck to have found such a nice home for her sunset years.

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  7. At least she asked. All of your blog readers might ask - but we would also assume.

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  8. It's always exciting to add a new member to a family! Good for you John. A heart the size of Texas.

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  9. Awww she looks really sweet you're so lucky :-)

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  10. Aww she is quite lovely, as are you for taking her.

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  11. How lovely to know that there is a place where itinerant ducks are welcomed.

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    1. I would have refused a drake though marty

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  12. she looks very chocolaty...

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    1. Like an avian galaxy bar

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  13. Oh God just what I needed....Lena Horne!!! That just makes my day!!!
    I was starting to feel a little overwhelmed by my 9 geriatric cats who seem to need weekly vet visits that cost in the range of 400 each visit!!! Oh well " you pays your money and you takes your choice!!!!"
    Lena Horne!!!!!!

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    1. Bloody hell.....
      Had to google Lena Horne....didn't know much about her

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  14. Aw - I already like her. Thanks for being so kind.

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  15. Aaw, what's one more in amongst your lot? She may not be *so* old that with a bit of attention from your drakes, you might get some chocolate babies :-)

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    1. Chocolate babies? Now there s an idea old gal

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  16. She's so pretty!
    Jane x

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  17. So, John, you're not just a rescue operation, or an ER center for animals, you're also a retirement home! You should be getting subsidies from the state, er, the country!

    Nancy in Iowa - always proud of you!

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  18. A sucker in Wales.......oh, don't misunderstand.

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  19. She's so sweet! I hope she settles in with the minimum of fuss.

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  20. Well, isn't that just ducky! A new member of your family flock. Best wishes integrating Lena into the "family," John.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

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  21. „In my early days I was a sepia Hedy Lamarr. Now I'm black and a woman, singing my own way.“ said Lena Horne. I love that!

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    1. Britta...
      Just been researching her.... Some of her quotes are fab are they not.
      I liked this one
      “It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.”

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  22. You have obviously gained a reputation as an easy touch for unwanted fowl John. I hope Lena settles in well. I am relieved to hear that when you said 'chocolate' duck you were referring to her colour rather than her substance, because the last thing you want to eat is a great load of chocolate!

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  23. Welcome Ms Horne; NEXT!

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  24. She's lovely, and has a fitting name.
    ~Jo

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  25. You're a kind soul, John. Your neighbors know just who to turn to when an animal needs help!

    Miss Horne is a lucky duck :)

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  26. An effort was made to find a good home for Lena Horne so I can't find any fault there. But I hate people who ALWAYS want something and follow it up with a: "You don't mind, do you?"

    I didn't even know that there are chocolate brown ducks. She looks very pretty.

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    1. The woman was very polite, but DID play the BIG sad eyes ploy

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  27. Everyone knows your heart is made of pudding and what better flavor than chocolate?

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  28. Saint John, the Patron Saint of Unwanted Birds. ;) You deserve a Scotch Egg for that my friend.

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  29. "Don't be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it's just death."
    Lena Horne(I)
    "Quackkk-quacckk! Where the frigging 'ell am I? And who's that chubby guy with the beard - scoffing scotch eggs? Jesus!"
    Lena Horne (II)

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    1. I am loving her quotes YP
      may even do a blog about them

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  30. It just HIT me who comes to mind when I hear things like this, John!! Saint Francis of Assisi! You are Wales' one and only!!
    Of course you took it....nothing else to consider, right?

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  31. Lena is a lucky ducky.

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  32. What a beautiful Duck.
    Will she be accepted or will the other ducks hang back and take a vote first ?

    cheers, parsnip

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  33. Well it's a good name..she's a lucky girl.

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  34. You are a kind soul to take in all those waifs and strays.

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  35. Welcome Lena - it's good here.

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  36. Your reputation really does precede you John, and your good heart comes right with it!

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  37. .... 'of course' says you and your flock expands by just one more beautiful creature. What weird and wonderful ways your animals find you. (You aren't by any chance building an ark round the back of the house are you?)

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    1. But which two ( by two) would I choose?

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  38. Love a duck!

    Oooooh you are a one... What next... a scotch egg sanctuary?

    Love you for it.

    LLX

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  39. Not many scotch eggs would survive intact here

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  40. From the look on her face she has already spotted the drakes.

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  41. Took my (nearly) one year old grandson to feed the ducks in the park today. I threw the bread to them and they got nearer and nearer. Little Dylan got quite excited and started waving his arms about, this usually means he wants to do what you are doing. So I gave him some bread to throw to the ducks. He ate it.

    Thought about you when I visited the local bakery though.... they had some beautiful scotch eggs in the display counter!

    Lucky old Lena.

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    1. Oh more scotch egg torture x

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  42. When I come read your posts, I never know if I'll be snickering, hooting, or drying damp eyes. One guess as to which it was today.

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  43. aww Bless her... and you x

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  44. What a lovely looking duck. And what a lovely man you are for taking her!

    Jo in NZ

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  45. I love Lena Horne. I've a feeling you've given a piece of your heart to her, too.

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  46. that face... Lena knows a good thing when she sees it.
    Els

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  47. Lovely duck! That song has been running through my head for two days (and is the name of my own post today) because of the violent thunderstorms we've been having. My Mum was a Lena Horne fan!

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  48. Could you just . . . help my son cut back on drinking and pay my daughter's student loans? I'm keeping them in rabbit hutches in my backyard until I come up with a better plan.

    Love,
    Janie

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  49. You Quack me up!

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  50. Now I understand the follow-up post. That's what comes of playing catch-up.

    Very pretty duck.

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  51. She's a very good looking duck, imo.

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  52. What a lovely old duck -- with such a fun name! Blessings to you for saying "Yes" and giving this aging duck a good home!

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  53. "Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky
    Stormy weather...keeps raining all the time..."sang Lena, and which is a good summation of what it's like here in New Zealand at the moment.

    What a lucky duck Lena Horne II is! I look forward to hearing how she fits into the Ukrainian Village community.

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  54. Well she takes a nice photo..

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  55. And who could just say "no" to Lena Horne!

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  56. Lena's found a good home.

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  57. She looks lovely. :)

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