Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Far From The Madding Crowd





Diane the Dawg has just been round for her daily treat.  I’ve had to decant her biscuits into a plastic container after Paul stuck his hand into the original cardboard box and pulled out a mouse.  He let out a very high pitched squeak.  The mouse didn’t utter a word.

Another peaceful day has passed in our hamlet (apart from a few low flying air force jets). All I can hear is the chirping of the cicadas in the meadow.  We seem far removed from the troubles of the country – national strikes, city riots, fuel shortages, etc.  We do very little motoring out here so our tank of diesel will probably last the summer.  If we can’t get petrol for the mower then we’ll just let the grass grow high.  I suppose there’s always the chance that the supermarket shelves will be empty the next time we go shopping.

In the meantime I shall stick my head in the sand and continue to enjoy my quiet, pastoral life. While the world is in turmoil I have been messing around in the garden and turned Paul’s potting shelf into a fernery.  When the lantern is lit after dark it looks quite atmospheric – just needs a few dancing fairies and toadstools.



10 comments:

  1. We are retired and so the strikes etc do go above our heads. As long as there is dog food we can manage for a while even without bread! I do hope that the electricity stays on and expect that it will. We fill the car with diesel about once every four weeks, the troubles, so far, are in the north.
    Your titles are very good, thank you!

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    1. I wouldn't want to eat dog food.

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    2. Of course I should have said 'food for the dog'. You have to look after the troops.
      My husband bought a second copy of The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest today, the first having been lent out to someone.

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  2. So many times i also tell my self to stick my head in the sand ,i like that way of life.(i take it out from time to time,and get so sorry and sad after that),

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    1. I get very anxious when I see what is going on in the world. It seems to get worse as I get older.

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  3. One of those bloody jets nearly took our chimney off..... idiots!

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    1. Do you think they are deliberately targeting us?

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    2. YES; otherwise they wouldn't keep coming back day after day.

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  4. I did Far From the Madding Crowd for O level. A very enjoyable book. I still love reading.

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    1. I've only seen the film with Terence Stamp and Julie Christie.

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