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17th February 2013 - laying ghosts

17th February 2013 - laying ghosts

Three years ago we found JD. Its literally three years and two days since he came home with us for the first time. He was, as Ive said before, a disturbed old porker. These days he barely bats an eyelid when we bump into people on the path and today, for some reason, weve bumped into more than usual. I suppose it is Sunday afternoon.

Early on, when we first had him and we were less confident about his behaviour, we were trying to build his confidence by taking him on a long walk so lots of pleasure then at the other end, when he would hopefully be tired and happy, we would go to the pub on the other side of the hill to get him used to people. It had worked to one degree or another for a few such occasions.

I came home on a Monday night. It was August. The weather was beautiful and I suggested we did another stage in his education. So we set out across the hill, letting the dogs off the lead as we went. Rosie was very clingy and didnt want to be more than a few feet from my side. That was odd. The, she ambled onto one of these concrete plinths with DM and tried to jump off the steep side. She fell and it was obvious she found it difficult to get up. We thought we would be able to rest her at the pub. When we got there, it was closed. GGGrrrr.

So we trooped back over the hill to the village and went into our own local for supper and a quick beer. She was really flumped out on the floor. Exactly one week later she had succumbed to the cancer that had been diagnosed ten months earlier. She did really well. She showed no real sign of pain or discomfort until that day, just a week before her death.

DM, Lola and JD are photographed on the same plinth that she fell from. Im trying to lay the ghost of that walk weve rarely been that close to the masts since. I still miss her but I love the new team too.

Yesterday I said to David that despite us frequently being together when we take our PAD pics, his are always somehow more exciting than mine. He reckoned thats because he always frames his with something in the corners, so here is a shot with something in the corners. Has it got any more drama? Im not sure it haswell unless you consider the drama of a ghost story.

83% readability and a grade score of 5 I am regressing fast.

BTW - another load of taddies saved...sadly saw many, many more in puddles that have completely dried over the last 24 hours but not enough bags or arms to carry any more.

Canon PowerShot G7
1/500s f/4.0 at 7.4mm full exif

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exzim18-Feb-2013 21:52
I like the angle, adds some interest to what would otherwise be an ordinary picture of a TV mast
Neal Nye18-Feb-2013 12:06
A very interesting and effective composition and a very appealing story. Two for the price of one!
Sheena Woodhead17-Feb-2013 23:18
Love the angle and that blue sky is amazing.
SRW17-Feb-2013 23:13
Great composition and sky... -- another fine story, too....
Martin Lamoon17-Feb-2013 19:47
Lik e the 45degree angle with all that blue sky. v
Bill Miller17-Feb-2013 18:50
Nicely angled and full of compositional tension.
And good to read about JD.
joseantonio17-Feb-2013 18:20
Very nice angle for this image.V
faye white17-Feb-2013 18:15
Love the tilt, the blue sky and of course, the story. :) And the team, too.