Friday, March 22, 2013

PAWLOOSE


One December dusk I was trotting along the riverbank, cheerfully certain that buttered crumpets and fruit cake were waiting for me at home, when I paused to gaze at the glowing pink sky and still, dark water. A ghostly mist hung over the river and tall reeds. That magical moment symbolised 'Christmas' for me that year.

I am always working on ideas to help humans enjoy life to the full and, remembering that winter evening, I realised it was made more special by my being alone. 


Just imagine how different my riverbank experience would have been had a friend accompanied me who suddenly started wishing aloud that they hadn't eaten shellfish for lunch; or when lost in admiration of a mountain view at Loch Torridon, my companion had started playing 'Amazing Grace' on the bagpipes; or when absorbed in a murder mystery on the television, the other person had exclaimed, "Oh, I remember now! Poirot did it."

Your companion would have inadvertently ruined your special moment. So my advice to you this weekend is to think about all the things you really like doing and consider trying them on your own! Don't be afraid to strike out alone and leave the pack for a while!

An incident in 1989 ruined by Moira getting grumpy over a tiny bit of wind and rain. (Moira is writing a book about me called SMALL WHITE DOG). 

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

MUSIC OF THE WEEK


12 comments:

  1. Thanks for this week's advice, Tony. Doing things on your own is indeed good if it is by choice.
    Especially travelling on your own can be rewarding because you get in touch with people you wouldn't pay attention to if you were with someone. I remember when I was around 20, traveling by train on my own on an Interrail card through Europe from a drinking orgy in Spain to Stockholm once. During that two or three day's train ride I met more nice people than I normally do in a year.
    Good choice of song this week, thanks a lot. Or muchas gracias as they say in Spain.

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    1. I'm sure we'll have many adventure stories to swap when we meet up in Stockholm, Mr T, and I always enjoy reading about yours. I know that you are a very successful lone traveller from your travelogue videos on Vimeo which I love to watch.

      Happy Easter!

      Tony Russell

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  2. I love your advice this week, Tony. I often enjoy going outside at night alone and staring up at the sky... breathing deeply and being happy to be alive... Hmmm.... I should do that more often, eh?

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    1. Yes, looking at the stars and breathing deeply is exactly the kind of strategy I suggest to help humans. That must be where you get your inspiration from, Ms Kara, as you have a unique talent for music and lyrics.

      Happy Easter!

      Tony Russell

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  3. Loving the recipe & music for the week. And it's true, things are often more special when we don't share them. Thanks for the insights this week.

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    1. We all need time to ourselves, don't we, Mr Mark. Sometimes it's just the ticket to take time to dwell inside our own heads and imaginations; or make those unforgettable picture memories of a beautiful natural scene.

      Happy Easter!

      Tony Russell

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  4. Hi Tony - yes, I love crumpets too, but only when loaded with melting butter and just a dash of raw minced steak.

    Perfect advice on doing things alone - but I didn't think ANYONE knew about that incident with my bagpipes.

    Purrs for now, Small Whitey. Catch you next time.

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    1. There was a rumour going around Loch Torridon last time up was up in the Highlands about a mysterious dark cat who could play the pipes. So it was you, Mr KK! I'm sure you are a very proficient piper but perhaps you should reconsider performing at 2am. Some hotel guests weren't all that appreciative ...

      Happy Easter!

      Tony Russell

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  5. Nice reflections Tony, you remind me that we all have these magical moments - I certainly do - but only writers seem to remember them when they want to, rather than being reminded by another "moment". Pity really, I suppose writing them down is an option, but it seems crass, and not a little ungrateful somehow.
    Oh well, I did it my way …

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    1. Hello, Ms Elise, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. My thinking is that it's even better to have lots of special moments that remind you of previous ones! I know that whenever I've been in your company I've felt that I am having a special moment. You sparkle, Ms E.

      Happy Easter!

      Tony Russell

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  6. I wrote a long comment, but it seems to have disappeared in the "verification" process. Maybe later …

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    1. I'm glad it appeared. It was a very good comment.

      With warmest regards

      Tony Russell

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