For the August theme: something found while walking recently. Colored pencils in watercolor sketchbook.
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Things Found While Walking
My submission for this month’s theme challenge. Just a few objects I have found while walking in the evening in the subdivision where my mother lives.
Things found while walking #2 – Watercolour in a small Watercolour Moleskine
This true story should perhaps be entitled “Never joke with schoolchildren – even in a macabre way”
Some years ago a group of schoolchildren were exploring the Union Canal, near where I stay, Their task was to collect specimens of insects, flowers and amphibians to study in the school’s biology classes. One youngster found more than was bargained for when a body was found floating near the canal’s edge.
The police were called and a well established procedure was put in place. Details of the people there were taken as were statements from everybody. After this lengthy episode was finished one of the children, who was a bit upset, asked the officer, “What happens next?” Trying to introduce some levity into the situation, the officer replied, “If no one claims the body within three months – its yours”. Wrong answer! Now they had mass hysteria on their hands.
Things found while walking #1 – Watercolour in a small Watercolour Moleskine
The Pentland hills lie to the south of Edinburgh. They are used mainly for hill farming and recreation these days but, during WW2 they were off limits to the general public because they were used for training troops. After the end of the war there were many who protested that the hills be opened up again and access was gradually allowed. The main concern was that large amounts of ordnance could be found in odd places and anyone, in the 1950,s an 60′s was asked to keep a careful watch for anything untoward.
This story is from one of the older teachers who taught in my first school. He told me of the day he and a couple of colleagues took a party of 13 year old into the hills for a field trip. The students were told not to pick up anything they found and all seemed to go well for a hour or so, Then, one boy lifted this object high above his head and shouted, “Please sir! Look what I’ve found!” In true heroic fashion the teacher led the students in a fast exit from the scene leaving one bewildered laddie behind, alone with his prize. When the party was safely behind some rocks they shouted that the grenade be CAREFULLY placed on the ground and the remaining student asked to quietly join the rest of the group. Afterwards, my colleague ruefully said he should have told the boy to bang the thing off the ground for disobeying the teachers’ instructions.
Little wood sorrels found while doing chores on Friday.