Thursday, April 26, 2007


After two consecutive nights of being woken by either very heavy rain (which I don't mind), or very drunk Irish folk arguing outside my window (which I do mind), I found myself rather grumpy on waking this morn. A Pod needs his sleep you see. So I felt like knocking on the door of this place, shouting "Emergency! Could I have some happy gas please?!".

Instead I went for a walk in the hidden gem that is Cooper's Park, where I run, but because of all the rain, haven't been able to for a few days. The early morning sun was bouncing off the rain heavy trees, the birds were cheerily celebrating the blue skies, and the spiders were busy mending their rain damaged webs.

Further along I marvelled in the multi-layered smells hanging in the fresh morning air, and the sound of the babbling stream. I was reminded of my previous post (below) and I imagined myself in The Enchanted Wood. And then I saw this...

......and realised that I needn't be a grumpy old Pod. On my way to work, I was standing waiting to cross the road, when a runaway pink balloon drifted by and then up and up and up. Pinky blue. Not an ounce of grump left.

And then a bird shat on me.


Have lucky days!!


Blogger Sherry Snowdrop said...

Excellent Pod! I almost feel like I had a walk with you, and that was lovely.

Spiders are cool.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

I, too, need my sleep and get cross when I'm awakened unexpectedly.

My goodness, what a morning you had! I love all the pics so much! the reflection pic of happy gas is perfect, but all that deep green on your walk - so luxurious. I felt like I could share the air with you and Miss Muffet.

What was that bird thinking? For heaven's sake!

10:46 PM  
Blogger edwin s said...

You sure the stream was babbling? Oh dear, streams need to be clear. :)

1:34 AM  
Blogger Shelly Lowenkopf said...

It takes more that a bird doing a Jackson Pollock imitation to occlude the camera and the eye of Pod.

2:19 AM  
Blogger Bob Dylan said...

great spider webs and then Miss Muffet! Your life is visually rich , Pod, because you have the eyes to see.
A Bob needs his sleep too, so I can relate. I can't remember when I've gotten a real solid 8 hours--planes, buses, hotels are not conducive to a decent nights rest.

I steer clear of the happy gas. It will mess you up.

2:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the movie "Under The Tuscan Sun" the Italians claim it is good luck to have bird shit on you. A bird craps on Diane Lane and right away she gets a great real estate deal closed.

2:24 AM  
Anonymous get zapped said...

This is wonderful, Pod! I enjoyed the cheerful journey and what fantastic light! You brougt a smile to my face. But, then again I wasn't shat on ;)

3:08 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

hahaha. sorry. not laughing. not really. much.

and 3 photos today, treats!

The second picture is wonderful.

(if i wore one, no doubt it would...)

3:25 AM  
Anonymous Bud said...

That middle photo reminds me of a place I go to with a dear and lovely friend of mine. It reminds me of that place, mystical and lovely. I imagine all sorts of places and I wouldn't want to be without my places that I go to. That photo is just gorgeous. It's like a place I go to. It's fantastic. I'm so glad to be in the fantastic places.

I also hope you get your parcel soon. Hope you are feeling better soonxxx

Come ride with us in the air. We are all only breaths away from each other in reality. I'm sure. Close your eyes everyone and imagine everything is possible. Everything.

It's good to come home to the good places and the lovely people.

4:22 AM  
Anonymous Bud said...

Thank goodness for friendship. Thank goodness for good people. Thank goodness for lovely people.

Sometimes all we need to do is walk and think. Walk and talk. Visit nature. Visit imaginary worlds. Appreciate friendships. Appreciate things in comparison to others. Think of little moths. The moths watch down on us. All of the people who aren't here anymore watch us. They give us life.

4:26 AM  
Blogger alice said...

Ah ah! J'ai bien ri! Pauvre Pod tout grincheux..."Happy gas" stays a mystery for me. Is it this peroxyde d'azote (in English?) which make laugh? The anaesthetist used it for me when my children were born by caesarean and I have been asking some more...I read with more attention your books list on Blogger and saw Ph. Pullman (and Killing a mocking bird...)

5:08 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Did you take that Happy Gas photo at your dentist??

Thanks so much for the multiple photos and the narrative. It was an unexpected treat to get to accompany you on a walk. I could practically smell the rain. :)

5:27 AM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

is the tv show emergency?

7:02 AM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

randolph mantooth!

7:03 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

...and the photograph of the bird shit is where? Remind me to tell you a story sometime about pissing off a spider.

7:19 AM  
Blogger First Nations said...

avoid incontinent birds, dude.
although that IS considered good luck. why, i don't know. obviously whoever made that up wasn't familiar with seagulls.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

my cousins arriety and homily-jane live in that park!

9:31 AM  
Blogger Joel Reynolds said...

hey man,

Funny story - it even has a great punchline.
Glad to hear you're doing better.


1:08 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Ah it's the small things Pod eh? Looking for the detail which you are so good at. I love it that our spirits can be lifted by something so simple. I am a bit of a Pollyanna me, I tend to ignore the shit things and focus only on what is nice and makes me happy. Not always possible but I try.

Thanks for the buttons link, that was fab :-)

6:33 PM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Oh, my (stifling giggles) -- thanks for the great wander and its excretable, er, execrable dénouement.


9:22 PM  
Anonymous Katch PHOTO said...


9:44 PM  
Anonymous Lynne said...

A very different Pod-Post this time. Reflective; insightful. Great pics, of course. [aren't they always?] Loved the Little Miss Muffet tag ... are you now sitting on a tuffet?

Thanks Pod, for a new journey to the brain of Pod. I enjoyed the trip.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous ja.mes said...

yeah, i feel like i've been shat on for two weeks now.
it's been really bad, not going to go into details but yeah.
anyway, last night i went to bed to get up early for class.
sometime later, a friend phones me up to tell me i've won a photo contest. huzzah, first good news all week!
i go back to bed.
i then sleep through an important first class and somehow manage to make an ass out of myself by going in to the class and sitting in the first row a minute before the lecture ends...
i suppose i don't have to wash my clothes right away, at least.

11:37 AM  
Blogger raindog said...

my my my! what a trip to take with pod. great story except for the bird of course. nice shots!

2:50 PM  
Anonymous gpigs to mc.mouse said...

squeak squeak squeak

(don't let him squeeze you too much)

8:02 PM  
Blogger Meg in Nelson said...

No shit! I mean, I'm sorry about the bird.

When you mentioned happy gas, I thought you and I were going back to the dentist...

Sounds like you had a terrific day, though. Wonderful pics. And yeah, the last pic and the previous post link nicely.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Ratzfatz said...

hahahaha ... your are great, Podi my friend! Good idea and good fotos! And you are a realy good "Bad Photographer"!!
I wish you a nice weekend!
Take care ...


1:20 AM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

Is "Shat" a clue? Shatner? Star Trek? Was that in the 70s?

5:17 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

With all the beauty in the world you see, I doubt you'll be grumpy for long! teehee!

That was indeed a wonderful stroll thru Cooper's Park. I needed that.

Hope you're having a great weekend Poddy! :-)

6:41 AM  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

What a beautiful journey and as you know the bird just annointed you with loads of luck.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous JC said...

My mom once tried to use "shat" for a triple-word score in a Scrabble game. I don't think I let her get away with it.

In other news, I am thrilled that you have provided three photos for us to gape at. Yaybeans!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

SNOWDROP - if only we could take a turn around the park together. i really wish we could. don't disappear. please x

REYA - i am a monster if i get woken! jekyl and hyde!! let's meet up on reypod for a stroll!!

EDWIN - yes it was going on and on! ;0p

SHELLY - perhaps i was an irresistable canvas to the offending bird?!

BOB - fear not, i am keeping away from the happy gas.

ANON - i did have a lucky day!

ZIPPY - pleased to be of service ;0p

LETTY - watch it you! ;0p and watch the naughty piggies too. they even managed to use the internet whilst you were asleep. what next??

BUD - thank goodness for you!! will close my eyes and meet you at the station xx

ALICE - yes some folk seem to like the gas. i had some when i was a child and went a little crazy. i have been quite the same since :0/

STEVIE - glad you enjoyed the walk. no, this was taken at a very dodgey looking dentist on my way to work. my dentist doesn't use such a thing ;0)

CHED - you are funny. i love and laugh at the fact you are still looking for clues. i will post a 2nd photo clue very soon! randy mantooth??!! oh ha ha haaa!

CUBE - unfortunately i wasn't quick enough to snap the poo or the balloon!

FN - but how does one spot one? especially when on the look out for tiny cows?? hmm??

EDDIE - i shall go and give them some nuts!! ;0p

JOEL - good to see you!

DONS - there's nowt wrong with looking for the good! have a wonderful weekend! ;0)

LORI - looks like you've been having a good wander too?

KATCH PHOTO - thank you! and hello of course!

LYNNE - yes the many facets of a pod. glad you enjoyed it!

JA.MEZ - i hope it is only the webmaster nazi that has shat on you. tell me who else and i shall go round and sort them out. can't have anyone bother young jamez now can we?

DOGGIE - birds poo on me quite often. mosquitos bite me quite often. bees land on me thinking i am a flower quite often. what is going on?

MEG - no! never again. don't make me go back!! i am only just recovering from it all. hope you're ok?

RATZ - we are all great my friend!! have fun this weekend ;0p

ROBERT - if pod sleeps well, everything is sunhine and song, if not, grrr......

HHB - hopefully enough luck to get me a good deal on the camera i want to buy.....

JA-OH-SAY - oh i did laugh at that!! glad you stood your ground

10:23 AM  

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