Thursday, 2 February 2017

Watching

I think blogland is suffering from a Febuary bout of writer's Block. 
I blame the short dark days of winter coupled with small doses of apathy and a post adrenalin drop following surges experienced with the crowning of Trump!
Perhaps we are all feeling rather jaded with all of this demonstrating
Or is it more likely that fuck all is happening in our lives ?

On this morning's power walk Mary and I sat on the broken stone wall overlooking  Basil's sheep fields and the valley East of the village and looked out at the view. Welsh terriers love to sit and watch, so we sat and watched for an absolute age.
I day dreamed about having a new kitchen. Mary sat with her own deep doggy thoughts.
She was so preoccupied thay she didn't notice Mrs Trellis and Blue walking up the hill behind us. Mrs Trellis' bobble hat was sticking straight up as usual! She looks like Noddy!




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  1. I was actually thinking of taking February off from writing blog posts and just commenting on others for a while. But if there are fewer blog posts written, that won't mean much.

    I trust that you'll keep up your regular posting schedule? ;)

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    1. I usually have no problem writing something that interests me,( ive done it daily for ten years now) but this month has been an odd one....and I am finding it harder to get down anything ......

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    2. World affairs are intruding much more than they have for a very long time, and it's difficult to concentrate on normal life these days.
      Mary is probably pondering on the ridiculous state of affairs that is Brexit, and that odious idiot across the pond. Hopefully these, too, shall pass !

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  2. Beautiful view John, including the back of Mary's head. Very sweet.

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  3. I've been suffering from increasingly severe writer's block for quite a while now. Maybe I've just run out of things to say and it's time to give it up?

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    1. I dont think you should dave......like I said it seems to be universal.......

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    2. i'm reading dave, just have comment block. You have good stuff to say, just need readers to spur you
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    3. Thanks for the encouragement. Here's hoping inspiration strikes soon.

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  4. We're all still in shell-shock from the last 6mo or so. I come here for a bit of reassurance that the world goes on at its own pace, with dogs & cats & other animals. BTW - we haven't heard an update on Auntie Glad in a while. How is she doing?

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    1. Funny, i am hoping to go over to see her on Monday when i have the car...i will post somthing then

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  5. I absolutely love the way dogs sit and just think .. Sometimes my dog Tate would sit for so long, so still, I would nudge him to be sure he was alive/awake ..
    My husband said that they meditate.
    Why not ?
    I would be still and quite happy with a nice long sit on the hill with that view.

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    1. Perhaps dogs inow mindfulness

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  6. Love that photo - perfect thinking spot!!

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  7. I've been feeling a bit of apathy towards my blog for a couple of weeks now. Actually, my whole life feels kind of dull and not worth writing about at the moment. Hopefully this will pads soon.

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    1. We are all there jennifer like i said......winter blues!

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    2. Jennifer, one year I was having a lot of trouble dealing with winter and boredom and difficult relatives.
      When I was a teenager, I volunteered at a Rehab Center.
      I always remember how good I felt working there and being there for good reasons.
      Now, when I am feeling those winter blahs, I volunteer, donate, etc .. reading to nearly blind elderly people at centers for senior citizens is a good thing too.
      Once we stop thinking about ourselves and do something for someone else, we feel better :)
      <3

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  8. I was thinking everything was a bit quiet in blogland. I think I have a hat like Mrs Trellis, it seems to make people smile.

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    1. I posted a photo of her at the village christmas fayre..she was wearing the hat as she dished out hot dogs!

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  9. My cat watches the bird feeder like that. Through a window, not wire fence.

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    1. You expect cats to sit and stare as they seem much brighter than dogs.
      Dogs are stupid

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    2. I agree with you, John. Reminds me of how, once upon a time (among many others), one of our cats nearly broke my heart. I can't remember what possessed me to buy a DVD that simulates an aquarium on your TV screen. It's all very peaceful, no noise, just colourful movement. Quite nice when passing through the lounge, cursory glance. And less labour intensive than a real aquarium. Enter Fleury. First she sat and took it all in, her head bending one side and then the other - surveying the lie of the land. Now, as you know, nothing is more enticing to a cat than anything that moves. Eventually, she got really close to the screen and started swiping - most elegantly - at those "fish". I watched her for a while till she emitted one of those little miaows complete with quivering chin that signal a cat's complete, utter and heartfelt frustration.I switched the TV off lest I'd report myself to the RSPCA for cruelty to a cat's sensitivities. I've still got the CD; Fleury, alas, now chasing her bounty in mousers' heaven.

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    3. Cats just want you to think Dogs are stupid. What does that say for us humans ?
      LOL
      C ... living in a house with 3 cats in it now ... god help me.

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    4. so do mine, joanne. and they make a clicking sound and their tails wag furiously.

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    5. Why do you think dogs are stupid? Don't most dogs have the vocabulary understanding of a three year old human child? None of cats knew any words except their names..and the sound of the can opener.

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  10. If you'll find yourself short of natter matter tomorrow, why not describe the dream kitchen you mentioned? I for one will be all agog.

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    1. Oh i have it all mapped out! Down to the belfast sink and the ceiling laundry dryer

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    2. Go for it, John. Get a real appliance-type dryer for the fantasy kitchen?

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  11. Lovely photograph. I wonder what she's thinking. X

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    1. Perhaps she was just looking......

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  12. I've noticed the same scarcity of posts and I've been having to make myself write something as well. Very little seems of consequence when a lunatic is ransacking the world. But my blog is how I stay connected to some people I've come to love so I probably won't actually go away.

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    1. Nicely written and observed .....ive posted blog entries fir so long now, the daily ritual is as necessary as breathing to me

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    2. I think it should read "lunaticS are ransacking the world," but otherwise, very apt!

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  13. What a lovely break on your power walk! And, how nice to indulge young Mary.

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    1. She's my new co pilot!

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  14. I wonder what she was thinking about.

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    1. Why not? It's better than a lot of things I'm thinking about.

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  15. I wish I had doggy thoughts. Human thoughts are killing me.

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    1. Humans have been the pits so far this year eh? Chin up dearheart

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  16. That view will do for me. I hope your daydreams come true and you can get a new kitchen. You might be struggling to find stuff to write but you continue to make me smile every day.

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  17. Looks like a guard dog!
    JP

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  18. i am feeling very trumpfucked these days.

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    1. Why the hell did you let him in your house?

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    2. Sadly, I know exactly how you feel jaz .. and I am working on not being angry at all those gullible fools that voted for him ... what were they thinking ???

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  19. Mary is a Welsh terrier but I didn't realise you were too! Have you been to obedience classes?

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    1. I was brought up by a scouse mother, so the answer to that would be yes!

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  20. I'm in total sync with jaz@octoberfarm. It takes so much more energy to write something upbeat these last couple of months.

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  21. I think Mary was wondering what naughtiness she could get up to next.
    The news coming out of America has made everyone depressed and wondering what that tosser is going to come up with next.
    Hurry up spring..

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  22. Watson (brindled scotty) would sit in the grass and look towards the citrus trees, never moving. I called it his moment of zen. For several months a rabbit would sit the same distance from the fence and zen right back. I loved it.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. George hasnt been very zen at the moment ...he's just had a small stone stuck between his teeth

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  23. Would anyone really be interested in my preparations for the World Marmalade Championships or the fact that I invented two new flavours of marmalade? My boss, on the other hand is floating in extreme luxury on Lord Howe Island, somewhere in the Tasman Sea. She emailed me to tell me she'd found paradise! Now THAT would be something for me to write home about, instead of which, I'm slaving over a hot AGA trying to mark my place in Marmalade History. Life's a beach!!!

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    1. There is ALWAYS some character thats loves a blog entry no matter how boring it may be....and ive written some doozies

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    2. I love a rough cut orange marmalade from John Moir or Wilkin & Sons :)

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    3. I could be wrong but I isn't slaving over an Aga something like slumming it in a Rolls Royce ;)

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  24. Jack Russells like to sit and watch too. And roll in fox poo. A lot of both goes on here :o).

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  25. My dogs like to sit and watch their property, and my cat likes to survey her kingdom. It's quite calming just to look at nature.

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  26. Well . . . as my blog generally depends on photos of my daily rambles, it has come off the rails since August when my 14-year-old Collie died suddenly; since then I have been housebound after having a Replacement Knee operation and also it's constantly wet and foggy here on Bodmin Moor - not good for photos!! But it seems that you removed yourself from my few 'followers', so you wouldn't know these things. x

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    1. I dont think i have! Ive only unfollowed two blogs ever and certainly not yours!
      Apologies rosie!

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    2. The Gremlins have been at work - 'cos you have definitely GORN!!! But I'm very happy that you didn't intentionally ditch me. Phew! xx

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    3. I lost my side bar a while back and when google + took over recently i lost over 60 followers all at once

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  27. Minnie and I have taken to walking to the other end of the block instead of veering into the driveway on our walks and gazing out at the corn/cotton field, which is bare this time of year, at the end of the day

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  28. That is a beautiful view John - and I agree - at present it is anything to break the monotony of these dull, cold, dreary days.

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  29. I noticed that many blogs are all about Trump, but I thought it was because of Trump, not because of lack of other subject matter!

    That is a sweet picture. I can't get over how green your fields are there. If you could see our hills, which isn't possible today because of the new snow, they would be a dull brown-grey with only the evergreen trees to break the monotony.

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  30. I love the image of Mary just sitting and watching. Maybe she was daydreaming about a new kitchen, too, or a kitchen constructed entirely of dog biscuits.

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  31. I have been without a computer this week; my laptop took a trump and died! :(

    but I will be up to full speed this weekend!

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  32. Want to hear about my cat related accident last night ?
    The sweet ancient old Himalayan cat was sleeping on the dog bed.
    It was late, I leaned down to pick him up and lost my balance and fell forward. Hitting my head on the trim to the sliding glass doors.
    I actually cried it hurt a lot but it made me sad my husband was not here to 1- laugh at me 2- make me feel better 3- make sure I wasn't seriously injured ... which made me worry about the cats .. who will take care of them, so it made me cry.
    Today I am exhausted ..

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  33. I've been ill and taking care of a chronically ill cat. Boring for many, I'm sure but there you have it.

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    1. Welcome to my world!
      Off to work now doing 10pm to 6 am overtime!

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  34. Did she have big ears?

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  35. I like watching. Its therapeutic. I am not Welsh. I am Yorkshire. But live in Aberdeenshire. I have also had a glass of wine.

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  36. You`ve been missing from my life because you went missing from my bookmarks bar and I have reactive arthritis in my cursor finger and couldnt be arsed to search, you`re back now though ! X

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  37. I could sit and watch a field of sheep for an hour. I need a new kitchen, I know what I want, I just need the money.

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  38. Ok. So as Winnie the Pooh says, sometimes you just have to sit and wait.....
    And. Bumper sticker seen today..my child is an honor student...my president is an idiot...
    I dont think humor will us thru the next four years...

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  39. Ok. So as Winnie the Pooh says, sometimes you just have to sit and wait.....
    And. Bumper sticker seen today..my child is an honor student...my president is an idiot...
    I dont think humor will us thru the next four years...

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  40. After 3-5 months of political obsessing, I'm back (and done with said obsessing.) Life is too short for me to waste another nano-second fretting about it all. Call me Pollyanna if you want; I've been called worse. LOL

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  41. If animals could speak, they would either be the biggest morons, or the most intense philosophers. Mary seems the philosophical type.

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  42. I had one smile out of the whole trump madness today. Our right-wing wanker Oz PM got roundly trounced by trump yesterday, and the meme that came by facebook, with Turnbull looking all sad and saying, "I didn't know he would be mean to rich people too," just cracked me up.

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  43. Blogland is just missing me ;-)

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    1. Yup, we are! Hope life is treating you well, Sue x

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    2. It is ... and I'm blogging under the radar 😉

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  44. I found John's blog through reading yours Sue. I couldn't work out how to 'follow' either of you but love reading John's and am really missing yours Sue. I wish you'd come back. I also loved your challenges. I bet lots of your blog reader feel the same :( Tricia

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  45. I miss the early blogging days when great memes were doing the rounds now I suppose they're all on Facebook or maybe the young haven't time for more than 140 characters.
    And all of us are Trumped out, mostly with rage that he is so close to the big red button.

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  46. At the last council meeting one of the councilors was wearing a hat similar to that of Mrs Trellis. I wanted to take a pic but I would have got thrown out.

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    1. Nah ... you've got it all wrong. Obviously reading the wrong books 😉

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  48. Funny, I'm still blogging away quite happily and as far as I can see, my blog buddies also. The seasons don't affect me at all, only an occasionally sluggish imagination.

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  50. The photo of Mary . . . and your thoughts helped my utter frustration over the current DC fiasco . . . Looking Out and About . . . is one of Snickers favorite things to do. I pick her up often, in the house and hold her up, stand by one of the windows, so she can look out and watch the birds, chippies, neighbors wandering, or the very large, yellow/white CAT . . . and dream away about whatever. We enjoy those times tremendously.

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