or, to give it its German name, The Moldau,
Prague, the summer of 2012 (but it could have been anywhere anytime) a calm, sunlit scene under the hustle and bustle of Charles’ Bridge …..
a cool, panama-hatted artist –
from nearby Brno –
(sure to become someone famous someday soon) rows his new American girlfriend –
from far-off Oconomowoc –
past a panicky fleet of bobbing ducklings
through this never-to-be-forgotten golden evening into a blue paradisical forever-after
but this particular moment
when she laughs and says something
which he does not understand
but smiles nevertheless as he rows
and they look into each other’s eyes….
This cat had been taken by a couple from Cupar on their round the world in 80 days (approx) luxury cruise.
I saw this sign in Glasgow’s Byres Road and followed the arrow to the shop it was pointing at but it was a barber’s shop. I think it was some sort of Glasgow joke.
Meanwhile, up in Stromness, this plaque tells of a more heroic age, when men vented their energies and bravado on feats of endurance and stoicism even though death was an ever present alternative.
And how did the Khyber Pass find its way from India to this little Orcadian alleyway ?
Dear kind compassionate Mrs Humphrey,
This is just a note of thanks and appreciation for all the care and thoughtful nursing you gave to poor sailors and whalers and explorers and ordinary fisher folk who caught diseases of the sea at a time when little attention was given to these diseases or to those who were afflicted by them. Thank you.
shout and listen to your echo your echo your echo while wild horses graze Els Encantats soaring in the background blue sheer and in-between out-of-sight the still cold blue waters of Lago Negre hold
upside down the wooden refugio perched on its edge where
just as wonderful
you can get
a bottle of wine a stick of bread a chunk of Manchego
sit on a flat rock for table and chair
munch sip close your eyes
breathe the clean cool early-morning air
feel the early-morning sun
warm on your face and listen to those strange horses chomp fart snicker
while the out-of-sight out-of-mind world below tamely pursues its weary wicked way.