Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Through Someone Else's Eyes

Cogburn  out for his morning constitutional 
I had a small audience this morning, when one after another, the houses of the Ukrainian village were opened up in the light autumn rain.
A couple of workmen, replacing a headstone on a grave in the new graveyard were leaning on the fence, and they watched carefully as the field slowly burst into life.
I hand fed the sheep who now will jam their whole heads into the offered saucepan of corn, filled Mary's hutch with dandelion leaves and as the geese, ducks and smattering of hens followed me , I led the blind Cogburn out of his run, for a walk in the wet grass.
We ambled over to the fence where one man remained
And before I could say hello
He said with a smile " that was fucking amazing!"
" what was?" I asked
He pointed to the line of ducks sieving the grass for worms, the geese slipping down into the pond and at William galloping in circles around a wide eyed Albert with a small onion firmly clamped in his mouth, and smiled as
Winifred and George trotted up to the fence sniffing at Cogburn who was feeling his way towards us carefully
" all this!" He said waving his arm

Sometimes it's refreshing to see your life through someone else's eyes, even if it is just the briefest of glimpses.

28 comments:

  1. You made his day. Sometimes it takes something very simple.

    A customer at the charity shop or making the panto teas can make mine very easily but then I'm easily pleased by small things.
    It would make my day to watch your field come alive John.

    Enjoy the Bake off finals tonight x

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  2. I expect your life is very interesting viewed from the outside. Well, we are kind of outside, but also inside, so it is different.

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  3. Poetry in motion?

    All my farm animals have names John. The vet always smiles when we give him the animal identification cards at testing time and he reads their names.

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  4. It does make you appreciate everything and see it afresh when someone comments doesn't it :-)

    I always feel it's the best time of the day when all the animals and birds wake up in their own way and sets to doing what they want to do.

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  5. It is amazing; would it not be nice to watch you unfold it all one day? x

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  6. i bet it is amazing to watch the village wake up!

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  7. He's right mate. You just don't see things like that every day around here, so it would be amazing to watch.

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  8. I wonder what he would have thought if he had been INSIDE your house.

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    1. If ever, let's be sure he gets usage of the bleached toilet seat. See if that's f'kn amazing, as well. lol

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  9. Well it is amazing John, it is just that it has become the norm to you.
    I am waiting for someone from some failed circus to drop an unwanted elephant on your doorstep!

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  10. It probably seems a bit Beatrix Potter to outsiders? Our friends often stop to bring little ones to see our animals...we had one car stop and ask if the little ones could sit on our mini horses for pictures...and they love the Vietnamese pot bellied pigs and the goats and the cats and the dogs......

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  11. It sounds so peaceful....so beautiful...no wonder he was entranced. While you were describing I fancied I could hear the "Call To The Cows" from the William Tell Overture lol.

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  12. Damn Cogburn. Is that a spur or, are you just happy to see me?

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  13. We all agree with the workmen...

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  14. How I'd love to lean on that fence and watch the field come to life! You do have a magical life, John.

    Nancy in Iowa

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  15. Your life is unique, John and I love visiting you!

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  16. Blessed we are to live a small farm life John ~ rich in ways many yearn for.

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  17. That brought a smile to my face -- it's like a painting brought to life...

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  18. Did you grin like a proud dad?
    Jane x

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  19. And that's why we're all here. Too bad they weren't around the day you fell in the goose pond. They would have been even more amazed.

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  20. I love visiting your village through your blog and I'm not surprised you made that guys day.

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  21. I agree, John. And some days, i see my own life with fresh eyes and am very happy in my current chapter.

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  22. Of course you made his day - as you do ours.

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  23. :-)
    You make it amazing for us, too.
    Hope Wednesday is a wonderful day for you, John.

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  24. All this is wonderful for us too !

    cheers, parsnip

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  25. It's easier to appreciate it when you don't have to do all the work, I think!

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  26. I liked reading this :)

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  27. I would find it amazing, too. Your blog and life is fascinating and inspiring.

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