Friday, 18 December 2009

Poor man’s skis (wellies) windpower and the joy of a simple life

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Waking up to the 2.00 am news on the radio and as usual greeted to the dogs and cats jumping on me at the slightest movement i was ready to face another day in the hermit glen

The wind genny is here now and i will hopefully have it fitted today.

Today i have reached the ripe old age of 49 .

Walking past the rear of the bus the solar lights casting a blue light over and beyond the wee parkup ,everything in site was frozen solid ,watching the dogs running around custard headed out onto the ice and almost at once a look of utter confusion filled his eyes

As he tried without any success to keep a track of his wayward legs he looked to me for support ,but i am sorry to say i was to busy bent over doubled in fits of laughter this then sent Dylan of to help custard and together they both slide off down the mountain legs and heads tangled together trying to gain some sort of composure ..
The long puddle proved to tempting and i launched myself at it  with the thought of gliding effortlessly down the hill but as my wellies contacted the ice it was head over heels time and off i went tumbling down the slope by this time the dogs had made there way up the hill to my side and i swear to god i could see them both laugh as they got their own back on me.
After a wee bit of head scratching a wee snippet of info filled my head from the long of times of my childhood and i started to fill the threads on my wellies with snow and with the warmth of my hand i formed a perfect sliding surface so once again i hurled my self of the hill
This time i flew down the hill the dogs running this way and that barking yelping and trying to catch up with the wellie gliding daft hermit

so with the thought of childhood ringing in my soul i wish you all a beautiful day x

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