Saturday, December 15, 2007


I wrote something today, lying here on the stone, in the sun. When I had finished, I turned over onto my back, only to find, typically, that a cluster of clouds had rudely gathered and were blocking out the sun. I stared up a little annoyed (only a little though), and spotted two balloons that had escaped the notsotight clutch of a little person. One looked black, the other looked pink. Pink seemed to be chasing Black, though in reality I assume they were in fact tied together, and their distance away from me was confusing me, making me susceptible to flights of fancy. I thought of you, and then of us running away.

Once the eloping balloons had shrunk to sesame seed size, I decided that I would count until they disappeared. Shortly the Shark Patrol helicopter flew over, and I was briefly distracted by thoughts of a paradisiacal swimming ending in disaster. If you could have seen me at this point, I would have been glancing to the left and frowning. When I looked back up to the sky, the balloons had vanished. I guess after all that was their aim. I felt a sense of smug completion. Then the cat came and started biting at the end of my pencil. His breath smelt.


Blogger Peter Dynomite said...

this makes me smile. this makes my day better. this makes me feel like words on a screen from a stranger across a sea might just be real. i like your dialect, good sir. if you were a character in a book, your narration would be my favorite to read. you rock.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Hubert said...

Your blog is Super Duper! I'm going to be browsing all the photos for a bit.

5:26 AM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Pink chasing Black.

Wow!!! Can I have that phrase, even if just for a little while?

I want to play with it in my mind's eye the way my cats play with the toy mousies we have strewn about the house.

10:46 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

pod oh pod.

what were you writing i wonder?

will the balloons have made it to london by the morning?

11:06 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Hey Poddie, I got the brain back in working order. The photo is just wonderful, the story beautiful and childlike. I say again - we should team up for a children's book.

2:09 PM  
Blogger kimy said...

love the play of light in this photo!

ah those kitties with pencils - simply incorrigible little beasts, and how I do love them!

3:41 PM  
Blogger Inconsequential said...

Photographing faries :)

I see you got one at last.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I'm seized with a desire to put a Flickr-style note on your photo that says "Bird! Bird!" As if no one would notice it without me. Which is silly.

What a fab writer you are! I feel like I'm right there on that rock!

10:42 PM  
Blogger Squirrel said...


6:35 AM  
Blogger Trac said...

Oh Pod!

One of those...


Just lovely.

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it interesting to read your thoughts... I particularly like that you write in the style of your shift in concentration. there is no delicate transition, just a shift from subject to subject ... one has nothing to do with the other, yet all correlate to your experience and captured your interest at that moment.... and I love that you ended with the note about the cats breath.... your inclusion of the senses is fantastic... well done.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

Oh Pod you're a wonderful story-teller. Your adventures are as compelling as those of my crime witness!

No shark patrol here.We had snow on Saturday, come and have a look.

8:02 PM  
Blogger fifi said...

hey, this IS nice...

think I will hang out here a bit.

9:12 PM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...


12:03 AM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

I love the way you think. It's familiar, artful, reminds me of the way I think, only different. Where oh where are pink and black now? Do balloons finally pop when they get too high? I've always wondered.

Love to you and happy summer!!

1:13 AM  
Blogger WAT said...

Just stopping by to say hello PODDERS!

T'is the view perhaps of my grave looking upwards, in a hundred years time.

4:26 AM  
Blogger Fibo said...

I'm jealous you have grass to lie on and balloons to watch float into the sky, maybe tomorrow I'll find a park and do the same thing instead of staring at the ceiling of my flat, of work, of my car. This post inspires me.

10:06 PM  
Blogger alice said...

I do like your story, even if I don't understand all the words (and your words are not always in my dictionary, Pod, do you know that?). Here, today, 58 seconds on a stone and you're frozen ha ha.

3:08 AM  
Blogger Lynne said...

I love your little stories. You have a way with words that just flows as if you are speaking ...

I can hear you poddy ...!

11:10 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Oh Sweet Pod, I just love your musings.

That blue sky is just amazing.

8:15 PM  
Blogger raindog said...

am i more captivated by the words or the photo? hmm ... brillo pod!

3:22 AM  
Blogger get zapped said...

chuckle....this was a nice break in the sun for me - thanks for sharing :]

5:03 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

PETER - you say the nicest of things that make me smile in turn and feel like shouting hurrah at 7am on a packed bus on the way to work in the morning!

HUBERT - thank you young man!

LORI - you can have anything you like my dear! play away!

LETTY - wait and see my deer! did the balloons arrive?

GAZ - you got the brains, i got the looks, let's make lots of that what you're saying?

KIMY - gotta love 'em, but they don't half got stinky breath!

INC - i've captured mant faeries let me tell you! ;0p

STE - thanks my friends. it would be great to have you sitting here for a chat!

SQUIRREL - merci mon petite ami!

TRAC - thanks love! keep meaning to pop by. busy busy! sorry! see you soon! x

EXPRESSION - i always find it interesting to read comments such as yours. i never think about what i write. it tends to come out in a flash. now that you have said that, i can see what you mean. how astute of you. i shall pop over soon! ;0)

NATH - we might as well have snow here too! hot cold hot cold rain rain rain! most unsettling madame! x

FIFI - oh thanks! good to see you! you are welcome to hang about whenever you feel like it!


REYA - i worried that they would explode and float down onto a little bird's head, or some other small creature and shrink around it, in the way that old balloons do sometimes :0/

WAT - hello watters! and what a lovely view it would be! ;0)

FIBO - yes, get out there and get some air and look at the big sky. tis good for the frazzled soul! ;0)

ALICE - i wish i could translate for you, but mon francais is terrible! keep warm!

LYNNIE - i can hear you too!! x

DONALD - when we get blue sky here (very grey of late) they are immense. i have never seen such big skies! hope you are well? x

RAINDOG - the photo would be crud without the words i think. thankarillo raindog!

ZIPPY - take some sun with you!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

Man! I LURVE that sky-past-the-bush snapshot... excellent stuff...

your blog is great!

I come to you via MFiler and Wat...

ever been to mine?

I'm at

Gledwood Vol 2

that's the place to be... drop by !!


and have a Merry One and an Entertaining New Year!!!

8:28 AM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

Oh I hope you don't mind my posting up a link to that photo on mine tonight?....

sorry but I really like phunki photos



8:28 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

If we get together we'll be causing a commotion - or is that you got the moves baby, I got the notion?

1:53 PM  
Blogger Emily Lin said...

Awesome photo and the narration making me can't stop thinking about what happened to the pink and black balloon next. Did they managed to be together in the end?lol

1:40 AM  
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