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April's words and photos

Welcome to April's words and photos - enjoy

A lonely little hawthorn has a staggeringly beautiful view.

An almost perfect reflection in the canal late one evening.

Watching the sun setting after an evening's bumble up to the Dales

Recently there has been a spate of abandoned gloves, I have taken photos of about six or seven.

My own Choice
The last thing you see when you are a dog biscuit .....


what's your super-power?

Himself has an amazing ability to wake up - on time - with out the need of an alarm clock. Which was a much needed gift last Tuesday. He bounded out of bed and muttered darkly something fairly Anglo-Saxon in origin and although I did not hear the actual wordage - I immediately understood the implications and the necessary action required. I did not even bother getting dressed, shrugging on a dressing gown and stumbling downstairs on still asleep feet.

In an uncoordinated move the radio and kettle were switched on and the fridge opened so I could make Youngest's packed lunch - he has a temporary summer (ish) job until he goes to uni and he has had to endure (as do we) some unsavory early mornings.

It took some time (a tea and then swiftly followed by a coffee) to surface from the stupor but we managed, Youngest got to work on time (just), all thanks to Himself and his super-power.

I am different. I taste the air, I dream of the sea, I speak to trees, I become the hill, I hug the sky - I am a shape shifter - that is my super power.

As for my getting up ability? Himself wakes up on time, I wake up when I am ready!

What is your super power?



I was in that slightly unreal state of nearly drifting asleep, warm and comfy.

When I became aware of a conversation rumbling on in the background. I surfaced from my dozy state, my eyes still closed but my ears awake and listening..... nothing. Seemed all quiet. I managed to squint at the clock and saw it was 11.30pm (early night for me but I was tired so *yay for me getting to bed before midnight*)

There it was again - that conversation - still with my eyes closed, by ears on high alert I listened......
Then I realised where the sound was coming from.... my .... wide awake.... chatty ..... chatty.... brain.

Brain:  Alex and Darron and Shameema, who were the others? (1)
Me:  What???

Brain: If I walk over to Youngest this afternoon, which route shall I take ?  Hmmm (2)
Me:  Pardon???

Brain: I need to start at 9am tomorrow, Alex and Darron and Shameema, forgotten the others' names.
Me:  what is going on?

Brain: can you remember their names?
Brain: what is the weather tomorrow, do you think I can get a good walk? Alex, Darron, Shameema and and and???
Brain: I could look it up tomorrow - or you could get up and look it up now!
Me:  shhhhhhhh

I turn over, to get into a super comfy position to see if this soothes my busy brain..... nope.

Brain: I will have to look up their names, if I walk over to the sheep field and down the long gravel track, I could cross over to the rec.... wonder how long that would take?
Me:  G.o...t.o...s.l.e.e.p.....

Brain: What if I extend the walk along the route down to the river....?

Brain: HAHAHAHAH! look at the clock - I dare yah!
Me:  (fighting temptation to sneak a peak) Nope.

Brain: tra la la la, Alex, Darron and Shameema, walking, sheep, river, tra la lalalala

Me:  Right! That's It! I can't SLEEP!
I get up with a very gentle flourish (so not to wake Himself) and flounce (quietly) out of the bedroom and storm (on tip toes) down stairs in a dramatic (not) way to put the kettle on and shut.my.chatty.chatty.brain UP!

The cats look at me as I enter the kitchen - one with a squished up sleepy kitten face (jealous - much) and the other through the catflap - both seem bemused at my state.

Curled up on the settee with a book and a blanket, I see the time - 12.45 - hmmm, not too late, I can drink this tea, gently calm my happy chatty brain to a sleepy state. I wondered why it was so full of joy de vivre and bordering on garrulous but the lure of a warm brew and a snuggly cat soon made me forget and quietly read my book for a little while. (3)

All seemed quiet, so I shut off the lights, left the cat sleeping in my temporary settee-nest and tiptoed back to a cold bed - how long had I been gone? No - shshshshs don't think, just sleep.

Head on pillow, eyes sandpaper dry I felt relaxed and could feel the bed warming up - when....

Brain: Natalie!
Me: Yeah gods - are you still trying to remember all the names?
Brain: Yup - can you remember any?
Me: Nah.
Brain: hmmm. Ok, will look them up tomorrow.
Me: g'night
Brain: Did we agree on our walk tomorrow?
Me: shhh
Brain: How about if we go up the cobbles, down Claire's field, through the chicken farm, up the track to the lamb field....
Brain: then up to Germany farm to the track, down the track to mucky farm, through the next two fields then....
Me: will you shut the **** up

Brain: naughty
Me: shhhh

Silence. I lay quietly, feeling soothed, relieved that finally my brain had run out of steam and ....

Brain: .....down the track, to mucky farm, next two fields then depending on time, either through the village down to the nature reserve or along the farm to the river to the nature reserve....

Me: Purleeeese will you shut up

Brain: look at the time
Me: no
Brain: I dare you
Me: (whimpering) nooooooooooooooooooo
Brain: look.at.the.clock

Me - weakened by lack of sleep .... oh no - 3am

Me: sigh.

This morning I have come to the conclusion that my brain behaved like a persistent toddler last night, I am now presently tip toeing around coz it is still sleepy while I am up and having to be adult - I don't want to adult today. Humpfff.

1. Alex, Darron and Natalie, Elaine, Tony, Josh and Felix - Race around the World
2. #walk1000miles challenge
3. Reading - Wild Signs and Star Paths

Would you like to see a photo from yesterday's walk? I would - to soothe my jaggered nerves and tired brain .... good...


Beware of the ......

Wowsers! Yet again a brilliant selection of photos and stories - thank you everyone who joined in !

Astrid unfortunately missed the link up - but her pictures and words should be seen - please visit her at Dragon Stitches and Stuff by Astrid, well worth it :)

Ok - April's words 
A photograph inspired by a word, words inspired by the photos - enjoy!

My own choice

Remember to think laterally, interpret as YOU fancy,
be it a current photo or a favourite one from your past. 
We'll reconvene and post our words and photos on Friday 26th April.

And the photo? Village humour, I found these signs on a hen pen whilst I was walking around the village, I couldn't resist!