Wordless Wednesday – Who Needs to Dress it up with Words?


Gemma dressed up Nigel dressed up

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Photo Challenge: Refraction: a Really Awful Shining Example


The subject of ‘Refraction
I will give the meaning for –
To fractions, give compaction,
And then split them up once more!

(Refraction: ½ + ½ = 1 = ¼ + ¾)

Refraction at sunset.

Reflections on Refraction – sunset at Durban Yacht Mole

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More dreamy and fishy stuff – also a spot of nightmare …


Dreamy Koi

I had intended to put this picture on my ‘Dreamy‘ previous post, but I can do it now because there were other fishy developments.  On the 8th I became a species of seabream – and one on endangered lists.  Yes, seventy-four.  This, after a day when one fin was out of action.  I have been given an underwater camera by the family.  Very kind; just what a seabream needs … or is it a hint that I should go and drown myself and take pictures while doing so?  Hmmm.

Due to lots of hammering, twisting screwdrivers, hacking at shrubbery, chainsawing, and generally over-exerting my arm, I have had a painful ‘tennis elbow’ for some weeks.  Finally, I decided to get a jab to sort it out, and have a full medical while I was at it.  Just to ensure that I would not leave anything out, I made a repair list.  A Really Awful one, of course:

SICK NOTE 

To save some chat, considered that
All symptoms I should list
Like, I can’t eat too much that’s sweet -
Calf night-time cramps exist. 

My passage, rear, bit blocked I fear -
At times some red will show;
Leg has lump which, inclined to itch,
Is something you should know. 

On face a blob, unsightly (sob!),
Is hanging by a thread -
That I would like it on its bike
Can taken, be, as read!

In tennis game I have no fame,
But elbow will insist
That I must play it every day
To get such painful twist. 

Then, throat and chest are not the best,
So we will have to see:
Asthma the pest, or, as you guessed,
Perhaps COPD? 

Our family doctor (we share a great great grandfather, which makes him even more of a one) was mildly amused at this, and said blobs probs could be sorted with lazer and stuff, before getting down to doing checkup things.  None of my terra went incognito.

Then the elbow got attention.

The jab was excruciating.  What followed, after a brief period of relief, was worse.  Soon, I couldn’t even use the fingers of my right hand to type, and there was no comfortable way to hold the arm.  I slept with it propped on a pillow.

The next day I returned to the doctor/cousin, who looked unmoved at my swollen fingers and pained expression.  ‘Bit of a reaction.  It’ll soon wear off, and then you’ll be fine,’ he announced confidently.

I have to admit that it is now improving to the extent that it is back to where it was before I had the jab.  I hope it goes a lot beyond that – I deserve a good result after that amount of discomfort!  To say that it was truly ouchy is like saying Everest is quite a high hill.

There is much dashing about trying to organise the facelift of the new property.  With all the walls being knocked down toward Younger Daughter’s ideal of an Open Plan Home, it will soon be nothing more than a lot of holes attached to one another by a few bricks.

Since this picture was taken, several more walls have been reduced to rubble, the ceilings (which may look OK but weren’t) have been taken out entirely and replaced, and other things have happened I don’t even want to think about.   I shall blog them if I ever get five spare minutes again …

Home demolition

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Photo Challenge: Dreamy: Dragon, Dog and Devotion.


Dreamy Dragon

Dreamy Dragon

Dream time laid on.

Dream time laid on.

A Dreamy Scene at our Golden Anniversary

A Dreamy Scene at our Golden Anniversary

The first thing I thought of when I saw this Dreamy Theme was the following song from music halls of more than a century ago:

‘Waltz Me Around Again, Willie’ (1906), by Will Cobb and Ren Shields:

Willie Fitzgibbons who used to sell ribbons,
And stood up all day on his feet,
Grew very spooney on Madeline Mooney,
Who’d rather be dancing than eat.
Each evening she’d tag him, to some dance hall drag him,
And when the band started to play,
She’d up like a silly and grab tired Willie,
Steer him on the floor and she’d say:

‘Waltz me around again, Willie,
Around, around, around;
The music is dreamy, it’s peaches and creamy,
Oh! don’t let my feet touch the ground.
I feel just like a ship on an ocean of joy,
I just want to holler out loud “Ship Ahoy!”
Oh! waltz me around again, Willie,
Around, around, around.’
That reminded me of a very dreamy occasion in 2012, when we had our Golden Wedding Anniversary.  Whether the waltz I wrote for the occasion was dreamy or not, those able to play the  number I now have at the top of  my  sidebar player below the ‘Quests 4′ album can judge for themselves.
A challenge: who can work out why the opening bars are the way they are?
As for the words to it, they may be found here.

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Really Awfully Of-Fishes!


The Net may look Gross, but is there to protect innocent visitors from these Ninja Killer Koi.

The Net may look Gross, but is there to protect innocent visitors from these Ninja Killer Koi.

Really Awfully of Fishes: the Of-fish-all Version: 

Have all of you haddock lovely day?
Cod have been a good eel batter!
(Salmon’s sprat cod have had that to say
All of a sardine, in chatter!) 

Getting into such bad halibuts,
Trout to kipper self from whaling!
Mackerel mess cutting out the guts -
Weigh to tuna fish all scaling. 

Mako koi up roach to mullet over;
Bass off and do get tarpon your pike!
Whiting wrongs saves some soles from Dover,
Yellowtails take a minnow to strike! 

Herring that, you are filled with hake, red,
Or does it mackerel skate of shark?
Fall off perch to a plaice in lake bed?
Sturgeon and tonic in the carp arc? 

Really Awfully of Fishes: the OFF-fish-all Version: 

‘Have all of you had a lovely day?’
‘Could have been a good deal better!’
Someone’s brat could have had that to say
All of a sudden, in chatter. 

Getting into such bad habits,
Try to keep herself from wailing;
Make a real mess cutting out the guts,
Weigh to tune official scaling. 

Make a coy approach to mull it over;
Buzz off and do get upon your bike!
Righting wrongs saves some souls from Dover;
Yell, ‘Oh, tales take a minute to strike!’ 

Hearing that, you are filled with hatred,
Or does it make a real state of shock?
Fall off perch to a place in lake bed?
Stir gin & tonic in the car park? 

(Hey, who said it had to make sense?)
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From the Horse’s Mouth, Really Awfully.


Harry the Horse and Sue

“I hay chew,” said Harry the horse

To Sue;

Said Sue, “I ‘ay chew, too; of course

I do!

It’s straw dinner, ‘Arry;

I fink we should marry!

Don’t you?” 

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The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Signs: Variety of Designs.


 I did have fun with the current Daily Post Photo Challenge theme of Signs:

The Biblical sign - and also a sign of gold at the foot - but you'd have to swim for it!

The Biblical sign – and also a sign pointing to a pot of gold to be found at the foot – but you’d have to swim for it!       Taken yesterday from our home soon no-longer-to-be.

The empty parking lot shows that the doctor is 'R Way' ... and visible just across the way was ...

The empty parking lot shows that the doctor is ‘R Way’ … and visible just across the way was …

... this sign, showing that the 'away' was away! (Well, I thought it was funny!)

… this sign, showing that the ‘away’ was away!
(Well, I thought it was funny!)

This contrivance would be rather incomprehensible if it weren't for this sign on the other side ...

The above contrivance would be rather incomprehensible if it weren’t for this sign on the other side …

... which shows how sugar would suffer a crushing defeat.  This is the site of a historic sugar mill on the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal.

… which shows how sugar would suffer a crushing defeat in years gone by.   This is the site of the historic Compensation Sugar Mill on the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal.

 

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