Post or tree, not me: Weekly smile

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I take Muffin dog training every Wednesday night. We join the dogs in the oval and put them through all the stuff we all religiously practice every day between sessions. The sunset last night was enough to bring a smile  and Muffin’s compliance an even bigger one.

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However, the smile I am relating occurred on our practice today. She was not in the mood. Perhaps I was not in the mood. We went to an oval where the smells were good, she quickly saw the remains of a ball and wanted to play. I put my freezer bag on the ground — we were going to Aldi after training. Her friend arrived and I knew training was now out the window. I let her off the lead. The dogs met, greeted. Muffin ran to get the ball. Shiloh ran to my shopping bag and lifted his leg letting forth a large stream of yellow. I thought of my lettuce being placed inside. Inwardly I my smile turned downwards. Externally I forced a smile and said “at least I wasn’t sitting on the ground.” Shiloh has managed to shower a few unsuspecting beach sunbathers. His owner and I laughed and the smile turned upwards. A gentle reminder that things don’t seem as bad if we smile.

In response to Trent’s Weekly Smile

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A Peeping Tom’s focus: Thursday’s Special

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Surreptitious photography

Through the hole in the wall

Gives perfect focus for the grasses

But point of focus was supposed to be

That which is all blurry.

In response to Paula’s Thursday’s Special

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Looking Down on Things: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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In response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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Leaving a Footprint:Wordless Wednesday

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Limpets: Tuesdays of Texture

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Marine molluscs

Dessicating in the sun

Limpet like Life.

In response to Tuesdays of Texture Week 8

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At Sea

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Totally at sea, it was time to explore the boat. We made a conscious decision that we would not use the lifts and by running the stairs we would be justified in letting ourselves eat whatever we liked. This worked as we only put on 1 kg during the voyage. By the end of the first day our muscles had almost turned to jelly and we both were experiencing quite a bit of pain in those areas that we obviously seldom use.

We went downstairs first. On decks 5 to 7 were the main entertaining decks. The Piazza and shopping galleries, coffee shops, clubs and bars, promenade deck, lounges and libraries, theatres and dining rooms were to be found.

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Here, over the cruise, we gathered for special events such as the champagne fountain. The crowds were always large for these events and finding chairs at times difficult but sometimes you got a better view standing on the sweeping staircases or the galleries above.

What assaulted us on the first day were all the venues selling items and packages. Again we had to consider drinks packages, coffee packages and internet packages. We decided against everything other than coffee. Next time we wouldn’t bother with coffee either. No offence but Americans don’t know what good coffee is (no offence) and I preferred the drip filtered coffee from deck 17 to the black esspresso. As I don’t drink alcohol was no problem for me at all and Roger drinks little. He would have a glass of wine or a beer at his evening meals, sometimes he didn’t bother and we didn’t find the cost expensive. A bottle of beer cost about $7.50 au. If you were to drink 6 a day then it was worth considering the drinks package. We had met someone at a party before boarding who told us that they felt, having the drinks package, that they had to make use of it. As a result they started drinking at breakfast time and put on vast amounts of weight. We did attend as many champagne events as we could where we could get a couple of free champagnes (I gave mine to Roger) and as these were able to be found on most days drinking was for us not a problem. For someone else however, having bought the drinks package and not realising it was for one person only bought drinks for his entire table. When he was confronted with this (he must have already been sozzled) he head butted the waiter. The captain used his at sea powers and detained him and put him and his wife off the boat (with a New Zealand police escort) at our first port of call in the Bay of Islands.

Leaving the middle of the ship we made our way up to decks 16 and 17 where the outdoor movies were being shown, the 24 hour smorgasbord dining was found, specialty restaurants, swimming pools, children’s areas, beauty salon and fitness centre, pizza, hamburger and other take away food outlets. Having got our bearings we made our way to our anniversary dinner. We had chosen anytime dining which meant we could choose to sit by ourselves or join a random table which gave us different table companions each meal. For this meal we ate alone, were serenaded by the waiters and had a special super delectable chocolate anniversary cake gifted to us. It made our day very special.

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We then went and watched our only sunset. We somehow managed to get to the back of the boat but couldn’t find our way back in. The wind was blowing strongly, even Roger’s hair was standing on end.

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We could see the teenage boys inside but we couldn’t get in. As it became dark and we were up amongst the communication equipment

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finding a door that was locked I started to panic. Soon after we found our way in and made our way to trivia nights and other entertainment but that will be for another post.

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The Watcher: 99 word flash fiction

He lay watching, hidden by the elderberry. Its clusters of purple fruit succulent like the woman he watched. Visualising his capture his pupils narrowed as he imagined her softness. She would not be able to escape. She would succumb to his attentions. He’d cut her if she didn’t and she’d know that he would. He’d captured her in the garden on another occasion. She didn’t sit on the love seat often, usually protecting herself with the tools she toiled and turned the earth with. But he watched. Today he’d have success. She sat. He pounced.

“Oh! Killmouski good pussy.”

In response to Charli’s 99 word flash fiction prompt where she asked:

February 16, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a watcher. It can be a sentinel like the Watchman formation that overlooks Zion Canyon, or a Big Brother conspiracy theory. How can you use a watcher to set a tone or present a twist?

Respond by February 21, 2017 to be included in the compilation (published February 22). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

 

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