THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT: A LOVE STORY – EDWARD LEAR

The Owl and the Pussycat

by Edward Lear

I

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
‘O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
You are,
You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!’

II

Pussy said to the Owl, ‘You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?’
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there, in a wood, a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

III

‘Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?’ Said the Piggy, ‘I will.’
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

AUSTRALIAN MOON, GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER BOB T – Marilyn Armstrong

Sometimes, wonderful pictures deserve another “go round”

I really admired these pictures on Bob’s site. Over the course of the past year, he has gone from “snapping a few pictures” to being a really good photographer. He does, I admit, have a real passion for shots of the moon … but many of us do. It is, after all, the only thing in space we can take pictures of using normal lenses!

My passion for moon-shots is somewhat dimmed by the number of trees in the way of my lens. I’ve only gotten really good moon pictures when I was somewhere lacking trees. Parking lots. Beaches.

Locally, we are very thoroughly treed in and not just at my place. All over Massachusetts. Last I read, we are 60% treed in this state, most likely because most of the big farms are gone to where the soil is better — flatter and less rocky — and the climate is more amenable for growing bigger crops. We do have apple orchards, but not much else beyond local corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, and other salad stuff.

So these pictures aren’t mine. Two Red Wattlebirds against a slipper of a moon … and a beautiful, clear shot of the moon itself.

Enjoy!

You can reach Bob directly at his Blog:

Lovewillbringustogether’s Weblog.

Australian Red Wattlebirds and a silver slipper moon

Perfect moon in another sky

Also, if you are ‘into’ sky and star pictures, this one wonderful photograph with explanation, too:

This Is Not The Centre Of The Universe…

HARVEST MOON: A SQUARE FOR BECKYB #7 – Marilyn Armstrong

MOON TIME – 
A New Square for Becky B

Before we had calendars, the moon was our calendar.

The month was new when the moon was new and was growing old when the moon began to wane.  At month’s end, all was dark.

Full moons have names, too.

We know that the Harvest Moon comes at the time of the harvest and that the Wolf Moon follows a month (moonth) later. The moon makes our seas rise and fall — and makes us loony.

This was the full Harvest Moon on the first day of Autumn, September 2016.

Full Harvest Moon, September 2016

THERE’S A BAD MOON RISING – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Marilyn Armstrong

There’s a Bad Moon Rising

And just because this is really what I was thinking about. Maybe because for some obscure reason, it sounds like it means more now than it did before.

And it’s also one of my all-time favorite songs. Actually, ALL of Creedence is favorite music for me. Pretty much every single song.

THE SILVERY MOON – Marilyn Armstrong

RDP#57: MOON


From “Romeo and Juliet” – William Shakespeare

ROMEO: But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid since she is envious.
Her vestal livery is but sick and green,
And none but fools do wear it. Cast it off!

Bad moon in Barnstable

My first good moon shot

SQUARING SQUARES AND A HARVEST MOON

Circles and squares in squares. What could be simpler?

Seeking squares and circles — inside squares, of course! From BeckyB!

Harvest Moon over Barnstable

Squaring SQUARES AND A HARVEST MOON

THE 7-DAY BLACK & WHITE CHALLENGE – DAY 7

Here’s the challenge:


Black and White Photography Challenge: Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.

Since I’m an old time player at this game, I’m letting people in as long as it’s not a portrait and not the primary part of the image.

I invite you to consider giving this challenge a try, even if you’ve done it already. An extra push to do better photography is good for your art. Moreover, finding a black & white picture that somehow represents “you” in a visual way poses an interesting challenge — an artistic double-whammy, so to speak. At least one of the pictures I used in the first round of these challenges turned out to be one of my most popular-ever posts.

Who’d have thunk it.

This challenge comes from Luccia Gray at “REREADING JANE EYRE.

For this final day, what may be (I dearly hope) the final snow of the season. Just a little piece of a little snow.

Snow on the deck

Anyone who would like to participate, you may link to any of the seven posts in this set and please, have fun!

BLACK & WHITE DOGS, SNOW, AND A HAZY MOON

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic


I haven’t been getting out lately, but fortunately, there always stuff going on inside. Dogs. Snow. Toys. I suppose these could just as easily be considered oddballs!

A hazy super-moon

Snow of the week through the window

Gibbs of the Long Nose

Sleepy Duke is growing up. Nice pair of jowls he’s got these days!

SHOCKED

SHOCKED


On the table. Recently cut into pieces and then stitched back up, I was officially in shock. Well, what do they expect is going to happen? They take all the critical parts of your body out, repair them, stick them back in. Nothing is working and everything hurts and I do mean everything, including parts that you weren’t aware were even in your body.

Doctors are incapable of admitting they cause actual pain.

“Pain” is what you felt before they got you on the table and repair you. Post-surgery, it’s called “surgical discomfort,” a thing that often requires massive amounts of ingested drugs, but is not “real” pain because they caused it.

So I was in shock, which happens when you are hit by a tsunami of post-surgical discomfort. I was also not entirely awake, not in any sense of the word which I understand. I’m told my dark side rose from my recumbent body and I tried to take down the nurse. With my fists.

The better part of valor parlayed and voted to put me back into a chemically induced coma.

Yup. Shock.

It sure was.

NATURAL STRUCTURES – A PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE

A Photo a Week Challenge: Structures in Nature


Superstition mountain, Arizona – The mountains rise up out of the earth like monoliths in a science fiction movie. They are to my mind, unreal.

These rocks were probably formed from an ancient lava flow. They are entirely different than the rest of the hills and mountains in the area,m clearly formed from a different substance. Photo: Garry Armstrong

The wild twists of an ironwood tree

Super moon — bright but undefined and framed by branches

MORE PORTRAITS OF THE SUPER MOON

The first night of the moon, it was so overcast you couldn’t even see whether or not there was a moon. Today, it was clear as a glass all day, but by the time night had truly fallen, it was misty. Not as opaque as the night before. I could see the moon through the cloud cover, but it was soft and hazy, without edges … a bright blur on a misty night.

 

OH, OH, OH!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter O – Needs to have the letter O anywhere in the word


Owen, known to us all as “O” …

Otsego Road – Photo: Garry Armstrong

Horse and hoofs – Photo: Garry Armstrong

The cow says MOO

Moon over Uxbridge

Mansion roof needs work!

THE MOON IS ROUND

The Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: ROUNDED


 

Gibbous moon at night

Super moon – November 2016

Bad moon in Barnstable

I participate in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge 2017

SKY – FUN FOTO CHALLENGE

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sky


I’m looking at the sky right  now. Like pretty much every day for the past few weeks, it’s gray. Overcast. A bit of rain, ten minutes of sunshine. Then, the clouds are back. And it’s cold. Not bitterly cold like winter, but damp, bone-chilling. Not the kind of weather that makes you feel like going out there and doing something. Or, for that matter, doing anything. I had my hopes high for a reasonably nice day because I really wanted to take some pictures.

Maybe tomorrow.

Trucks heading into the sky

Sundown at the marina

Photo: Garry Armstrong – Almost sunset at Scorpion Gulch

 

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