Without Enlightenment

Cowes Week Fireworks
(image: http://www.cowes.co.uk/Cowes-Week-events-diary.aspx)

Am I
the only one
who gets a little
apprehensive around
I feel anxious
for the person letting them off –
what if
they don’t light properly?
What if
they land on my head?
I even
worry at big organised events.
Last night
I avoided

The place to be

A stroll on the beach is accompanied incongruously by pounding europop and the gentle swishing sounds of the sea. Funny how the different sounds take precedence depending on the way you are facing. We leave behind the visiting funfair and walk into the rapidly cooling evening air. The beach is populated with small groups of evening fishermen and families taking their dogs for a last walk like us. Luckily Rosy doesn’t spot the tempting mackerel which sits, trophy-like, beside the first angler that we pass. We laugh and agree that it wouldn’t have been around to admire for very long – hungry spaniels are not fussy what food they snaffle!
We come back to a supper of cheese and biscuits and some bottles of beer; I feel relaxed and happy yet also a bit sad that my visitors leave tomorrow. I will miss them.

Blocked Driveway Rage


Coach driver
had bad day!
Makes mine deteriorate rapidly.

Crocodile jaws and pleading paws

Crocodile jaws snap at the proffered biscuit. Hard-done-by amber eyes try and mesmerize the master into donating another. A glance at the tin then back to staring at those human eyes – obviously near starvation…just one more would suffice…
Then a nonchalant gaze at some point halfway between the two – studiously avoiding looking at either yet a barely perceptible quiver of the whiskers, a flare of the nostrils, reveals that the request has not been entirely abandoned…


Time has moved forward and the Island is host to rain lashed trees and an early darkness more akin to November than June…or could it simply be a mud-inducing pre-Isle of Wight Festival deluge? All those new wellies need something to wade through – it wouldn’t be such fun without it!

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