I talk to the trees………..

This popped up in my Facebook “memories” today. I thought it may be of interest, even though it is rather a long read.

Peter's pondering

Not only do I talk to the trees, I talk to all manner of things.

Each morning I go for a walk.

I have various routes, but all take in fields, woodland, the River Erewash, the Erewash canal, bridges, a main road, and suburban streets.

Some days I hardly see a living soul, others I see far too many!

My normal route takes me down my road, which has only some 9 houses. At the bottom of the road I have my first conversation, with a brazen hussy who rolls on the ground and will not let me pass before she is satisfied. Somewhere close by her brother will be watching. He is more timid and undemanding. Their Mummy lives at the end house and thinks they are both boys!

I explain that I have to get on, and continue on my way. She follows, then runs ahead. It is…

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Song Lyric Sunday 07/07/2019 – Zodiac Animals

img_1345-3Thank you to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday and gives us the chance to share lots of familiar, and some not so familiar, songs.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs, you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

The theme for this week is Zodiac animals. I’m choosing “Dog”, man’s best friend. I’m not choosing a song with dog in the title, or the lyrics, but a song by Three Dog Night.

Did I hear you say “Who?”

Well, I suppose it depends how old you are! I must admit that they were never amongst my favourite, go to bands, but the song I’ve chosen was amongst my collection.

Until I started to look into their history I had not realised that they are still active today, albeit with only 2 of the original line up.  They formed in 1967, the year of my first flight, a 13 hour trip in a turbo prop Brittania, on my way to my first overseas posting in Bahrain.  Ah, those were the days! The days of Radio Luxembourg, Radio Caroline, The Vietnam War, Ronald Reagan as Governor of California, the last man hanged in Australia, Muhammad Ali refused military service, Elvis married Priscilla, Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men were captured in Bolivia; they were executed the following day, The Abortion Act 1967 passed in the British Parliament and received royal assent two days later, The term “Black Hole” came into being.

We’ve come a long way since then. Or have we?

Anyway, here they are Three Dog Night. I hope you enjoy “Mama Told Me Not to Come.

 

Mama Told Me Not to Come

Want some whiskey in your water
Or sugar with your tea
What are these crazy questions
That they’re asking of me
This is the craziest party
That there ever could be
Oh, don’t turn on the light
‘Cause I don’t want to see

Mama told me not to come
Mama told me not to come
That ain’t the way to have fun

Open up the window
Let some air into this room
I think I’m almost choking from
The smell of stale perfume
And that cigarette you’re smoking
‘Bout to scare me half to death
Open up the window sucka
Let me catch my breath

Mama told me not to come
Mama told me not to come
That ain’t the way to have fun, son
That ain’t the way to have fun, son

The radio is blasting,
Someone’s beating on the door
I’m looking at my girlfriend
She’s passed out on the floor
I seen so many things 
I ain’t never seen before
I don’t know what it is
But I don’t wanna see no more

Mama told me not to come
Mama told me not to come
She said, that ain’t the way to have fun, son

That ain’t the way to have fun,

Mama told me, Mama told me, Mama told me
Told me, told me, 

Mama told me not to come
Mama told me not to come

That ain’t the way to have fun, no
That ain’t the way to have fun, son

That ain’t the way to have fun, no
That ain’t the way to have fun, son

That ain’t the way to have fun, no
That ain’t the way to have fun, son

That ain’t the way to have fun, no
That ain’t the way to have fun, son

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Randy Newman

Mama Told Me Not to Come lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Twittering Tale #128 – 19 March 2019

It’s time again, for Kat Myrman’s wonderful challenge, to write a story, inspired by her picture prompt, in 280 characters or fewer.

Here is this week’s prompt and my contribution.

Check out all the fabulously creative entries here and, if you’ve never had a go, why not try a story of your own? You may surprise yourself!

img_4222Photo by Matthew Henry at Unsplash.com

You think this is funny?

Cute?

Sweet?

Ah, I want one just like that?

Well, let me tell you matey, this ain’t any of the above.

It is agony!

I have an itch on my nose that I cannot scratch, AND I’m bursting for a pee.

The minute I get out of here I’m going to pee in every shoe I can find!

(280 characters)

Twittering Tales #123 – 12 February 2019

It’s time again, for Kat Myrman’s wonderful challenge, to write a story, inspired by her picture prompt, in 280 characters or fewer.

Here is this week’s prompt and my contribution.

Check out all the fabulously creative entries here and, if you’ve never had a go, why not try a story of your own? You may surprise yourself!

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Darling

Great idea but, as codes go, rather complicated.
Understand that each love heart represents a letter of the alphabet and further variation is provided by the colour of the heart.

This message of 57 characters is now down to 40.
The dog ate the rest!

Please Text me, or Call me

(280 characters)  and I bet some of you counted the love hearts!

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 23/12/2018 – Season

img_1345-3Well, I guessed wrongly!

Having had “Boys”, then “Girls”, I just lost the shirt off my back by betting on “Babies”.

However, it is the season of a baby so I could have gone with my original idea, but I won’t!

I’m not even going to give you the lyrics to this song, you’ll know most of them anyway. So, just sit back, relax, and enjoy a bit of fun. I defy you not to smile a little bit!

I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas, and that the New Year is one with a bit of fun, lots of good health, a modicum of success, the love of family and friends, and some good music!

To view the fantastic opportunity that Helen continues to give us all, to share music new and old, known, and unknown, click here.  Thank you Helen.

So Simple A Dog Understands

Don’t you just LOVE Martha contemplating the meaning of life?
How true these words are!

Mitigating Chaos

Thought for the Day.

IMG_1447 Martha, 2017 on the Savannah River, Augusta, GA

I’ve been sick and NEEDED a doctor. 
I’ve encountered trouble and NEEDED a police officer.
I’ve lived through times of war when our nation NEEDED our military.
I’ve NEEDED a farmer 3 times a day.
I have even NEEDED an auto mechanic, a plumber, a house painter and a lot of other everyday people.
But I have NEVER, not even once, NEEDED a pro athlete or Hollywood entertainer for ANYTHING,
So simple a dog can understand it.
Thanks, Carla.

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 16/09/2018

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Helen has given the theme of “glass” for this week’s SLS. You can find all the choices of great music here.

My immediate thought was Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” and, sure enough, there have been a few who chose that.

Trying not to go for the obvious choices, I consulted my good friend Ms Google. She came up with some marvellous music, a lot of which I have never heard before. Many of the artists were new to me too.

Just goes to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks!

I’ve chosen a song by George Strait, who is known as “King of Country”. This title belies the fact that, although he is unknown in large areas of the world, he has had more number one songs than any other artist in any genre of music!

The refrain could be a metaphor for the times we are living in today:

Where do you stand?
What’s your point of view?
I guess it all depends on
Which side of the glass 
you’re looking through

I do hope you enjoy this:


Which Side of the Glass

George Strait

In a second story window framed in lace
There she is again
Sitting staring into space
Thinking back to better days
Dealin’ with the pain
Some folks think it’s teardrops. Me, 
I think it’s rain

And there it is, the cold hard truth
So plain to see 
The living proof
Where do you stand?
What’s your point of view?
I guess it all depends on
Which side of the glass 
you’re looking through

Beneath a neon chandelier
He leans on polished oak
And orders one more whiskey
Lights another smoke
He shivers at the memory 
And trembles as he stirs
Some folks think it’s him
But me, I think it’s her

And there it is the cold hard truth
So plain to see 
The living proof
Where do you stand?
What’s your point of view?
I guess it all depends on
Which side of the glass 
you’re looking through

I turn towards the mirror
It’s time to face the facts
Looking for the reason
You’re not ever coming back

And there it is the cold hard truth
So plain to see 
The living proof
Where do you stand?
What’s your point of view?
I guess it all depends on
Which side of the glass 
you’re looking through

Oh, I guess it all depends on 
Which side of the glass
You’re looking through

Songwriters: Dana Hunt Oglesby / Fred Knobloch

Which Side of the Glass lyrics © Words & Music A Div Of Big Deal Music LLC

Twittering Tale #99 – 28 August 2018

It’s time again for Kat Myrman’s wonderful challenge to tax our creative souls. Just take her photo prompt and write a story, inspired by it, in 280 characters or fewer.

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Prompt photo by Conquero at Pixabay.com

Here is this week’s prompt and my contribution. Check out all the fabulous entries here.

The hunt

I really think I’ve cracked it now.

Even though I say so myself, the form of the horses is quite superb.
My painting is almost like a photograph.
I’m really pleased with the result!

It’s such a pity that I can’t paint human figures, or dogs, or saddles, reins, or stirrups.

Tally Ho!

(280 characters)