The lighthouse at East Prawle, Devon
In this blogposting…* A Remedy for the Blues
* Pictures of England
A REMEDY FOR THE BLUES
Kev recently sent me an email….
‘Ian - I have just come across an excellent remedy for being ‘down in the dumps’ – be really childish!
- Give yourself a gold star for everything you do today.
- Grow a milk moustache. (Difficult and messy if you already have a real one)
- Have a staring contest with your cat.
- Kiss a frog just in case.
- Make a face the next time somebody tells you ‘no’.
- Ask ‘Why?’ a lot.
- Believe in fairy tales.
- Ask someone to read you a story.
- Wear your favourite shirt with your favourite trousers even if they don't match.
- Do a cartwheel.
- Hide your vegetables under your napkin.
- Make a ‘slurpy’ sound with your straw when you get to the bottom of a milkshake.
- Sit really still for as long as the dog (or cat) is asleep in your lap.
- Find some pretty stones and save them.
- Stick your head out of the car window and moo if you see a cow.
- Walk barefoot in wet grass.
- Giggle at nude statues in a museum.
- Make clever screeching noises every time you turn.
- Count the colours in a rainbow.
- Fuss a little, then take a nap.
- Take a running jump over a big puddle.
- Giggle a lot for no real reason.
- Do that tap-someone-on-the-shoulder-while-you-stand-on-their-opposite-side-and-they-turn-around-and-no-one's-there thing.
- Enjoy your all-time favourite sweets. (Forget you've heard of calories!)
- Throw something and when it lands make a cool exploding bomb noise.
- Squish some mud between your toes.
- Buy yourself a helium balloon.
- Put an orange slice in your mouth, peel side out, and smile at people.
Be a kid again…’
You don’t have to try them all; just a few of them. If you do, you’ll find they work.
PICTURES OF ENGLAND
Hildie sent me these lovely aerial photographs of England the other day.
It does no harm to remind ourselves, once in a while, that we live in a beautiful country. Throughout its long and fiery history - and despite despoliation through the industrial revolution, motorways, globalisation and urban blight - England has remained a staggeringly verdant and scenic country in all its many guises.
The pier and seafront at Brighton
A field of flax in Buckinghamshire
Elegant suburbia: South London
Longleat maze - the largest in Britain
The Angel of the North
The big dipper at Southend-on-Sea
And a picture from Scotland - the viaduct at Glenfinnan
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