Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Samantha's Broken Heart

I did a few jobs and got in around 8.30pm
" there's been a few phone calls for you" Chris muttered
" flower show queries and some woman called Kate about a goose"
He harrumphed
" more waifs and strays , I suppose"
I rang "Kate" back. She sounded frail and worried.
She and her husband had been looking after a couple of her daughter's geese for a few years. The gander had recently died leaving a terribly distraught goose following family members around , constantly distressed , anxious and searching.
The woman sounded at her wits end.
I described my set up here, and although geese are notoriously fickle when it comes to new members of a flock , I offered to take the goose in.
Kate sounded unsure, so I left the ball in her court and told her to visit the field if and when she was passing...the goose, she told me, was called Samantha....and I laughed
" you must be  film fan" I said "or at lease a fan of the film Friendly Persuasion?" I told her
The woman was surprised
"You're the first person to ever guess that" she said
( for those that don't know Friendly Persuasion was a 1956 film about a family of Quakers living in the shadow of the American civil war . It starred Dorothy McGuire who had a pet goose called Samantha)
Dorothy McGuire saving Samantha from those damm Yankies

We will see if Samantha arrives...pining animals are notoriously difficult to care for..And I have enough on my plate this week....I am, however,  reminded of a story I read a couple of days ago, about an elderly couple who passed away four hours apart after 62 years together...the visual of their last time together is a powerful one

Don & Maxine Simpson

Oh dear
Anyhow I will leave you on a brighter note
Here is the latest entry in the novelty veg
It's from kitty Jamison
And is a cracker!




38 comments:

  1. I do believe it is my Kitty here in NZ. Great job with kiwi veg.

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    1. Kitty emailed me a delightful email.... She's a talented girl

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  2. I like also the background of the brokoly man.

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  3. I think the star of Friendly Persuasion was the GOOSE. You're right, the Calabrese man is superb.

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  4. This is how H.I. and me have always dreamed about dying - not leaving one or the other behind. That would be perfect, but it rarely works out that way.

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  5. And the Green Man - I cannot believe the skill of your readers!

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  6. Kitty is a winner me thinks with her Green Man!
    I do hope Samantha comes to live with you and your flocks, if any one can help her it's you! Bless you. xxx

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  7. The mouse looks horrified... :)

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  8. I just looked at yesterday's entries, great surfer and chef and today a very clever green man. A very high standard of entries, it will be a difficult task for the vicar to choose a winner. Oh it's calabrese is it, I thought it was a piece of broccoli. Must be related. Why did the cucumber blush? Because it saw the salad dressing.

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    1. Why did the carrot blush?

      Because he saw the chick pea.

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  9. He he, that's one of my favourite jokes! I do hope everything turns out well with Samantha.
    I have never heard of calabrese before, but I'm sure my Broccoli Ent (as he was intended, but I like the idea of him being a Green Man) would be more than happy to try it! I do love all the other entries, especially 'The Scream'!

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    1. My first thought was not Green Man, it was Treebeard!

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    2. I immediately thought of the Green Man. Whatever he's called, he's great!

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  10. love the facial hair!

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  11. Wow, Green Man looks like a winner to me. The whole scene is delicious.

    I always think of my husband and I dying together, although I am sure to go first. He will hold on just a little longer so he can have his usual last word.

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    1. Roll of drums then smacks cymbals

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  12. Love the brocco man...."Thee I Love"...Samantha was a great part of that movie!

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  13. If anyone can sooth the grieving goose, it is you.

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  14. I read about that couple as well...such a truly touching story. They were soul mates in every sense of the phrase...

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  15. A powerful image indeed. The winner of your F&V entries is going to be difficult to judge.

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  16. That new entry is straight out of the Lord Of The Rings...fantastic.

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  17. When we told my grandmother that my grandfather ( her husband) had passed away she said " wouldn't you think he would have waited for me ?" She died four days later. It was a good thing but sad to lose them both at the time. I'm enjoying all these clever entries.

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  18. What a wonderful ending for that couple!
    I hope Samantha makes it to the 'village' John, I think she could thrive there.
    LOVE Mr.Brocoli!!

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  19. I am glad I am not judging the veg! So many fabulous creations..it will be very hard to choose between them…..though I don't think Tom's will win! Sorry Tom.

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  20. I love the facial hair on this guy ... kinda reminds me of someone around these parts ...

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  21. I don't know the film. John I have tried & tried to create & failed miserably but have got a lot of other jobs done so not too hard on myself ! Been so much fun x

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  22. That broccoli is absolutely brilliant John.
    I just bet Samantha turns up and settles well.
    Hope the flower show goes well - is it this Saturday?

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    1. Yes pat..... This Saturday .......I have just made my quiche and chocolate cake in readiness

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  23. when are we talking about the Great British Bake Off? Already I am shouting at the TV

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  24. I remember Friendly Persuasion, but I don't remember the goose named Samantha. I like that name, though. I hope the distraught goose will feel better soon. Sometimes I am a distraught goose.

    Love,
    Janie

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  25. Haven't seen the movie but I'm going to look for it on netflix or some other streaming service.

    That story of the couple was all over the media here, SO SO heartbreaking but in a way, uplifting at the same time.

    Broccoli man (Albert R Broccoli? LOL!) is awesome. I fully expect to see something like that roaming around the garden, ha.

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