SPF – Recuperation

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50 03 March 9th 2014

Dan sat by the water looking at his reflection. After having his hand amputated following his torture at the hands of the unknown, and now very dead, assailant, he felt less than useless. Using his lower right arm, he rippled the water as a tear dropped in. Dahlia approached him, laid him down and wrapped all of her arms around him from behind. As they lay there, she could feel him sobbing so just kissed him on the back of the neck and laid there.

Four hours later, she noticed he had finally drifted off to sleep, so gently detangled herself from him and sat by the edge of the pool. In two weeks, someone murdered and mutilated her father’s body, and then Dan lost his hand to a torturer. If it were not for the priest speaking to a Human in the church, and running out to fetch the enforcers, Dan may not have survived the night.

Now, as she looked at her sleeping friend, she decided he needed all the help he could get. There was something more than just murder and mutilation here, and it chilled her to the bone at the thought of what may happen.

Photo of the Week – Week 11

The Oast House is generally associated with the south-east of England and are (or were) used as kilns for drying hops to use in the brewing of beer. There are some in several other places in this country and other countries like Australia, Belgium and Czech Republic. This particular one is in Faversham in Kent. Oasts have the tell-tale white top (kell) which pivots in the wind to allow the wind draw the hot air through the hops and out through the tops. Kent Oasts have the Invicta prancing horse – the symbol of Kent.

Week 11

When You Can’t Change The Direction Of The Wind, Adjust Your Sails ~ H Jackson Brown Jr

As I was sorting out my Facebook page this morning, well my A Mixed Bag page and my A Mixed Bag of Photos pages, I saw something that made me think. This came from an artist with a great Facebook page herself – Anja Partin. I had never looked at Fairy tales in this way but it made me think.

Fairy tales are more than true;
not because they tell us that dragons exist,
but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten
~ G. K Chesterton

So next time you are in a difficult situation, think of it as a dragon, and that it can be beaten. Not necessarily easily, but they can be.

Have a great weekend

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