Thursday, 23 March 2017

Operation Dog Snot Removal and Other Thoughts.


A week ago  I walked up from Westminster Pier and into the sunshine which bathed Big Ben. It was 2pm in the afternoon.
Oh for the grace of " something" go I!  
Today, London is back to business and that is how it should be. 

Today, we have spring sun here in Trelawnyd, and there are a few more people to be seen, which is nice. Trendy Carol, sprightly after a recent holiday , had a nice jacket on I noted and as we stopped for George to catch up with us after his mooch on the village green , I watched a woman cut her partner's toenails as they sat in a nearby conservatory! A surreal little moment of normality as I mused over the fact that over a dozen nationalities were caught up in The Westminster attack.

Today
" Operation Dog Snot Removal" is in full force .
Sorrel, the mother in law, comes to stay later today.

I was hanging her newly laundered duvet cover over the field gate to dry when Sailor John reminded me that I needed to organise the first of this year's Flower Show meeting. I had just received the invoice for the Church linens which some of the Flower Show's profits will be buying so it was on my mind anyway. We will be having the meetings in the Crown Pub this year, with all of us mourning Auntie Glad's kitchen table get togethers as we do so. 

Mrs Trellis was out in the sunshine as I fed corn to the bachelor bantams , we talked about yesterday's London attack and her response was the best I have heard over the last 24 hours.
With her oversized bobblehat bobbing from side to side, she summed up her thoughts thus
" Worrying about it is like sitting in a rocking chair all afternoon! .....it gives you something to do but it gets you nowhere!" 
Wise words.


30 comments:

  1. "Rock on, Tommy"

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  2. Absolutely perfect response.

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  3. Worrying in any form is usually counter productive as is stress and fear.... I'm an expert at all three!

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  4. Very wise words ... sadly. I actually come from a long line of worryers ...

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  5. It is that time again, isn't it? Have a lovely visit with Sorrel.

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  6. We Are Not Afraid - am I the only one who is?

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    1. No, you are not the only one.
      Fear and sadness seem to be
      over taking me these days.

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  7. I will be in the exact same place in May. A horrendous moment in time.

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  8. I love that quote, I shall have to remember it.
    Briony
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  9. I have been to that bridge so many times -- happy times with friends and family visiting me in England come to see the sights. The last time with my sister en route to the London Eye. Walking along the Embankment to see the RAF Memorial with my grandson, who was excited to hear Big Ben ring in the hour. And now I feel I must go again and defiantly stand and defiantly say, "This is a wonderful place."

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  10. My mom has always said something similar with regard to worry 'you can ride a rocking horse all night and it will get you nowhere'...what happened yesterday is sad and horrible but no-one can dodge their destiny and so we must all carry on.

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  11. Mrs. Trellis has the right idea for sure, for those who are on the periphery or further away. But those who live so close and those who WERE so close yesterday must surely be affected beyond their control. I watched a businessman who had been at the scene being interviewed on TV, and saw him go from complete self-control to tears in the space of a blink. For many people it will be more than a matter of spine stiffening.

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    1. I agree. The photos I saw were ghastly and so even further removed I am avoiding Facebook and other things though my heart goes out to all involved.

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  12. John, we are truly sorry for what happen. Our thoughts are with everyone involved. Your neighbor is a wise woman with whit. Worrying doesn't help the situation does it, but we all seem to be guilty of it. You and the Prof enjoy your visit!

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  13. Haven't listed or watched any news today. Was saturated with it yesterday and even during the night (I often wake up then and listen to Radio 5 while nursing a cuppa and even that was all about the attack. The media actually seem to be revelling in all that bad news). My youngest lad put a comment on his FB this morning about having to bring up a young family in today's rotten world and it made me worry for all our youngsters. I'll be sitting in that rocking chair for evermore, by all accounts. Can't stop thinking about that poor policeman who didn't make it home last night.

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  14. What very sad news again.
    As a tourist who loves to travel, London is one of my favorite places.
    Enjoy your visit with the lovely Sorrel, what a beautiful name.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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  15. It's horrid. Past that, Mrs. Trellis rocks.

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  16. Mrs Trellis's saying is, I believe, by Erma Bombeck.

    I liked your second paragraph: pathos, bathos, plus a hint of fashion. Does Trendy Carol give you any style tips?

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  17. The second I saw snot removal I thought 'mother-in-law. Your ways are known to us John.

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  18. I'm a Londoner and I am afraid but just get on and live my life. I can't and won't become a hermit. My sister hasn't been up to London for years and yesterday she had an appointment there. In the morning she was in a cab crossing Westminster Bridge. She said had it not been for the rain she would have stayed for the afternoon and had a walk around the bridge. Thank goodness for the good old unpredictable British weather!

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  19. JP of "itsmyhusbandandme.wordpress.com" lives about 5 miles away in southwark. I immediately thought of JP and guido upon hearing the news.

    steady on, this rock, this sceptered isle.

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  20. Commenting again ... I've seen courage defined as "feeling the fear and doing it anyway." Seems appropriate.

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  21. The rocking chair metaphor is about right. All the media hysteria about an attack on the cradle of democracy doesn't help either. It was actually an attack on innocent people walking across a bridge.

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  22. Our hearts go out to everyone who is affected.
    And to those who carry on.

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  23. Good luck with the snot removal!

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  24. Wise words . . .
    although it is damn sad!

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  25. Very wise. I am very sorry about what happened. Some criminal moron ran his car into a crowd over here in Oz and at the time I wondered if his fellows in the world might take note. It appears that they did. So now we put up bollards in front of every at risk building and keep on keeping on. Some people just suck. Everybody else, especially all the kind helpful people in this world, you rock!

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  26. Your mother-in-law should visit more often!

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  27. My thoughts are with you. There is no limit to man's ability to devise ways to kill his fellow man. What's wrong with us?

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