Shake Up & Wake Up

SO ……I’m going to be taking a break from blogging for a little while …

Why?

Because the ex Journo, Writer, Blogger and short film maker Dermott Hayes that has thus far just annoyed the HELL out of me has taken me by the ‘virtual’ shoulders ….given me a good shake ….and pretty much said ….

STOP being so 1/2 arsed ……get your act together …..and WRITE!!!

So today I am going out with old fashioned note book and pen ( he didn’t recommend this but it’s the way I’m going to do it) to scribble things down  ……whether it’s because someone has said I’m not a TOTAL idiot:D:D:D ….or pointed me in a direction when feeling rudderless …..I don’t know …..but last night my brain went BHAM!! ……couldn’t sleep for plots, storylines and characters whizzing thro my mind:D:D:D ……..so I’m going to give it a go 🙂

Tra la li :):):):):):)

It’s pouring with rain outside but I have a brolly so don’t really care….and for some reason the tune below is running thro my mind ….I don’t know why ….but hey ho:D:D:D

https://youtu.be/rHq9s2DSNDs

So Ta’ra for now ….

Have a good one! 🙂

Day 14

It’s been VERY  hot this week ….windows thrown wide open ……fans on ……..cool bath or shower before bed ….is THIS making me dream I wonder or it part of this detox thing?….I’m not into interpreting dreams as such … it’s maybe better not to go there :D:D    BUT I do enjoy going through a ‘dream phase’ ….I don’t know about you but I can go MONTHS without dreaming ….or not remembering them ….then have a few days where it is every night …..the past few nights have been PARTICULARLY vivid tho …felt VERY real at the time:D:D:D

And last nights was no exception:D:D:D

But THIS is one I’ve had before ……..hmmmmmmm the FIRST time I had it was in my early 20’s  …….then every few years or so I have it again kind of out of the blue so to speak:D:D:D ….it’s ALWAYS exactly the same …..

As I said before I am not the strongest of swimmers so should I ever find myself in this situation in real life I would be TERRIFIED ….or drowning:D:D:D …..or both

I am deep under water ……it’s the ocean ….a kind of murky turquoise …I can ‘feel’ myself floating but stationary …being moved only by the subtle rocking …ebb and flow of the water ……I am looking up and can see the sun above the ripples of the surface sending shafts of light down into the depths

( the pics below are the nearest appropriation I could find on google to give SOME idea)

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I ‘sensed’ being gently pushed …no …..kind of brushed past and gently bumped …..still stationary but this gentle bumping as something brushes past ….I am SURROUNDED by Orca’s …..slowly circling …some stationary floating as far as the eye can see … a HUNDRED or more …( See what I mean that it should be scary?:D:D:D)

There is no sound but that gentle rippling sound you hear under water ….the atmosphere of the dream …..the ‘feeling’ ….is all very gentle ….sublime:):):):)

Hawaiian surfing culture

This dream ALWAYS puzzles me when I wake up ….I am left with a kind of calm, reassured feeling ….like that feeling you have on a Sunday evening as a kid ….bathed and in clean pyjamas …squashed onto the sofa with the rest of the family watching some kind of comfy Sunday evening ‘family’ T.V:D:D:D

So why am I not left feeling troubled by this dream to say the LEAST!!!?:D:D:D

I have no idea!!!:D:D:D      Maybe in the dream I am one:D:D:D      an Orca I mean:D:D:D   that’s the only explanation as we all know what fearsome creatures they can be in real life ……..Hmmmmmmm so can humans be too though ……

I wish they could be Hump Backs …..vegetarian at least:D:D:D

It was Hump Backs I DID see in real life ……it was a Christmas a number of years ago ……my partner at the time and I had taken 3 weeks off to travel up the Pacific coast of America ….from Mexico up to San Fransisco (yes it was when we were living in the states:D:D:D ……we got around a bit:D:D:D) But yes ….we spent Christmas in Del Mar San Diego( Christmas trees …hot weather and everyone rollerblading …….it felt kind of weird:D:D:D)

But anyway …..up and down the west coast there are opportunities to go ‘whale watching’ and yes not sure I know how I feel about it ‘ethically’ now but none the less …..now Christmas was not exactly ‘Whale Watching’ season BUT we got talking to this guy in a bar who had a fishing boat and offered to take us out in it ( for a fee:D:D:D) stating he couldn’t promise anything …BUT …..off we went the following morning

We went quite a ways out to sea and seemed to be cruising up and down for AGES …..a good couple of hours ….NOTHING …..then all of a sudden ….a group of dolphins came up behind us ….split in two to come up the sides of the boat …..then joined as a group again at the front …..they were MAD!!!:D:D:D ……kind of racing the boat but daring themselves to play and leap JUST in front of the bow …..WELL …..you can imagine the effect on me …..laughing with delight I raced to the bow and leant right over as far as I could go FEELING the breeze, spray and ‘vibe’ of these AMAZING creatures ……

ANYWAY the guys played for a while then they were OFF as quickly as they came :D:D:D  We were just turning to head back to shore…….then our fisherman buddy started shouting …..you couldn’t hear what he was saying for the engine but he was pointing to the right ……he then turned the engine off ……stopped the boat …….all quiet apart from the lapping of the water ….the boat bobbing slightly on the waves

Scanning the ocean to the right ……I could see………NOTHING ……..then in the distance …RIGHT on the horizon a jet of water went up …..then another …..then 2 tails simultaneously rose up from the water and disappeared ……I thought that was it …..a good few minutes passed ….but then AGAIN …..a jet of water …..then another …….then the 2 tails …..they had moved in a bit from the horizon ….a little closer ……several more minutes …..then AGAIN …..a little closer still ….towards the front of the boat now and you could see the arch of the back before the rise of the tail  ….

Our fisherman buddy said they were probably a mating pair …he said that they tended to pair up in Alaska ….mate ….then move down the coast to give birth in the warmer waters of Mexico before migrating north again ……meanwhile the whales were getting closer and closer to the boat each time they rose ….I started to feel a little anxious re how close they would ACTUALLY come ….they were HUGE and the boat was suddenly feeling VERY small:D:D:D     The guy reassured us all was ok ….that the whales knew exactly where we were and would keep a certain distance ……none the less I moved back from the bow and took up what felt like a safer position sat up close with my then partner on the left side of the boat ….all was quiet ……we sat looking toward where the whales had last risen when …….whooooooooooosh ………..swooooooooooosh ……. RIGHT beside us …VERY close …..UP came this HUGE body blowing out its jet of water spraying us and causing the boat to ROCK!!! ……….If we had dared to reach out we could have touched it ……….it kind of rolled up just above the surface …..it’s partner a little further away …then kind of rolled on its side to look us in the eye …THAT EYE!!!! …looking into the eye of a whale at close quarters is an AWESOME experience in the TRUE sense of the word I assure you …with a mere flick of its tail that creature could have SMASHED that boat and us to NOTHING ….BUT it kind of moved in slow motion …rose up ..blasted it’s jet of water …rolled over to have a look …..then dived …that GREAT tail rising up then slowly submerging …I remember holding my breath …heart beating fast …..wondering what was going to happen next ….wondering if it was directly beneath us ready to come up and tip us over ……….it was MUCH bigger than the boat …………..

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But no …. the next time they came up they were a more comfortable distance away ….. then further ……and ……….further ……and …….further ….. PHEW!!!!

I remember my then partner and I just sitting on the beach looking out to sea when we got back on land …we didn’t have words ……we just sat leaning on each other gazing out at the ocean ….in silence …..for a looooong time…… I think the term is AWESTRUCK!!!:D:D:D

Day 13

I tipped him up ….I TIPPED HIM UP!!! …:(

It was night time with one of those cold fresh winds that take the breath away…you know …crisp autumnal weather …..I was pushing him up this hill …I think it was MY hill …the place I go to get things out of my system ….why I thought I would be able to take him up there I DON’T know!!!? …..it’s a place I go on my own ….its quite rough turain too…..CERTAINLY not suitable for wheelchairs …and I was struggling to push …but push I did ….it wasn’t easy ….. we almost made it to the top though …..we were ALMOST there ….THEN ….the front wheels struck something ….I don’t know what? ……maybe a tuft of woody heather or a rock  ….BUT THE CHAIR TIPPED UP!!! ….and HE was in it!!!….MY GOD!!!…..I shoved and struggled …..kind of panicking to get it back upright …..but I COULDN’T 😦

Maybe it was because of what I said:(

Maybe I was getting cocky reading those books:(

He doesn’t look too pleased does he?:(

I’m NEVER going to be offered that job am I? 😦

Oh woe is me:(

I’m SORRY Steve 😦

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Oh for goodness sake ….get a GRIP  ….it was just a dream …so you’re never going to get that job?

……………..it’s his loss 😉 :D:D

 

 

 

 

Hmmmmm wonder whats coming next ……………

Day 12

WELL …..last night’s was a corker:D:D:D

I’m DEFINATELY going through a ‘dream phase’ …..dream phases are great aren’t they?

SO …..last night I was in what I think might have been the Amazonian rainforest ….a wild place FULL of lush flora with shafts of sunlight streaming down through a canopy of HUGE trees with the call of beautiful and exotic birds all around …….although it has to be said I never actually saw any ( birds that is )which was a tad disappointing …..But anyway ….I was with 2 of my work colleagues ….Hmmmmm I’d better not name them or I might be sacked ….in fact I might be sacked ANYWAY if my employers ever saw ‘Blog On’ …but what the hell:D:D:D

So yes …..we were being persued ….by what I don’t know ….the dream kind of had that ‘sense’ of urgency like the need to get on the bus the previous night ….there we were scrabbling over large roots, pulling each other over and beating our way through curtains of vines …it was all MOST bizarre but felt very real at the time:D:D:D

SUDDENLY all the birds went quiet ….SILENCE ….we all stopped in our tracks …no’one spoke but we just kind of stood stock still looking at each other ……

Then it came …….a kind of rumbling gathering pace, volume and vibration like thunder ……….it quickly reached deafening levels….and I was OFF:D:D:D ….stumbling over roots ……….smacking my way through vines ….not looking back …..I could ‘sense’ the others were doing  the same ….scrabbling …running ….smacking our way thro as the thunder got louder and louder …..it wasn’t from the sky tho ….it wasn’t a storm ….was it an earthquake? ….. I have no idea but I wasn’t sticking around to find out!!!!:D:D:D

The trees and vines gave way to what could be described as a clearing or a meadow ….well no it was more ‘manicured’ than that ……a vast expanse of short grass more like a football pitch …..I was running like the clappers now:D:D:D ….the thunder appearing to be behind rather than all consuming ….kind of trailing off like thunder does ….more distant but STILL too close for comfort:D:D:D

As I was running I looked over my shoulder and could see the others close behind ….we were still pretty much all together …. but then I noticed I couldn’t feel my feet any more !!!!?……I was kind of treading air:D:D:D  …..  when I looked over my shoulder I realised I was a few feet above the ground ..WOW …I thought ….and then started to bring my arms in ….like doing breaststroke ….I WAS FLYING!!!:D:D:D

I shouted to the others to do the same …..it was FABULOUS …..kind of swimming in the air …it felt very natural ….and I’m not even that good a swimmer ….but this was an AMAZING feeling:D:D:D …..If you put your hands together like a dive and pointed up …you went up …if you kicked back and pointed down you dived down:D:D:D …basic breastroke for just general cruising …although each stroke took you much further than if swimming in the water :D:D:D

Try it next time you dream you are running ….just start doing the breaststroke with your arms and take off!!!:D:D:D

Hmmmm ….I was very disappointed when the alarm went off at 6.30am and I was just in my boring old bed:D:D:D

Hmmmm …..Ok …..I’m taking note of some of your recent comments:D:D:D …..think maybe when I’ve completed this ere ‘detox’ ( and YES I’ve started so I’ll finish) I REALLY need to get out more:D:D:D