The Adventures of Jeremy – Part Four.

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Jeremy’s parents were having a frank discussion.

“What are we going to do about Jeremy?” His father asked.

“Why, dear, he’s only a boy full of imagination. There’s no real harm in him?” his Mother replied philosophically.

“That’s fine you saying that, but it wasn’t your bathrobe he stole and then dragged through the mud. I think you encourage him. You let him keep that pet rabbit. You should have made him release it back into the woods. You indulge him too much.”

“Oh, Dear. Can’t you remember being young yourself? Didn’t you have adventures? Climb trees? Look for buried treasure?”

“Yes, but I grew out of it and it’s high time Jeremy did too.”

“He’s only eight years old, for goodness sake! What would you have me do? Put him on a strict diet of boiled cabbage to curb his enthusiasm? Send him away to boarding school? As if we can afford that sort of thing.”

“No, I suppose not. I think we should both be a bit more watchful of him in future though. We can only guess what the little rascal’s going to get up to tomorrow on his school field trip.”

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Jeremy woke the next day full of his natural exuberance and ecstatic at the thought of going to the seaside on his school trip, and blissfully unaware that his parents were watching him very carefully.

The school bus stopped at the entrance to the park where he lived, just like every normal school day, except this day, instead of everyone wearing their drab Navy and brown school uniforms, they were wearing clothes in a kaleidoscope of bright colours. Jeremy wore his favourite bright mustard coloured pullover, blue shorts and his lucky red hat. In his rucksack, his Mother had made him cheese and marmalade sandwiches, his favourite, and he had a bottle of blackcurrant squash. He liked to pretend he was drinking fine red wine, like the Knights of old, only he hadn’t managed to find anything that looked like a goblet or a flagon. Drinking out of an ordinary bottle was going to have to do.

As the bus pulled away with their little boy on it waving from the rear window, Jeremy’s parents couldn’t help worry about what he was going to get up to.

They were relieved when at five pm the school bus pulled up outside and Jeremy came running up to them. He was carrying something large in his hands.

“Look Mum!, Dad! I’ve found a magic rock!”.

Indeed, in his hands, he held a dark grey rock, the size of a cricket ball.

“I found this rock on the beach and the Teacher said it was a special type of rock, called an igneous rock.”

Just then, Jeremy tripped and the rock fell from his hands onto the concrete path and cracked in half, like an egg.

When he picked it up, he saw the rock was hollow but growing inside was a collection of purple and yellow crystals, glittering in the afternoon sun.

Jeremy looked up at his parents and said, “See, I told you it was a magic rock!”

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 24/February/2019

 

This story was inspired by the following word prompts:

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/02/23/three-things-challenge-pl10/

Today’s prompt: rabbit, bathrobe, kaleidoscope

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/guess/

https://swimmersweek.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/diet/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/rdp-sunday-rock/

FOWC with Fandango — Ecstatic

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/your-daily-word-prompt-watchful-february-24-2019/

 

 

 

 

The Journey of Life – Game on – Series 2 – Adventures and Travels.

A Guy Called Bloke has asked the following questions to anyone who fancies answering them. Take a look below:

Game On – Series 2 – Adventures and Travels

In his own words:

Game On – S2 Created by A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!

This twice-weekly game will be 21 questions or in truth 16 flexi questions, because there will be five permanent that must stay in place at all time.

But apart from those 5 permanent questions, should you choose to reblog, then you can change any of the other 16 questions or create 16 of your own, that’s down to you, however, you must stick to the Daily Topic Subject.

The Rules …

1] Leave the Permanent Questions [PQ] always in place PLEASE.

2] Reblog should you so desire

3] If you do reblog, a pingback would always be welcomed so l don’t miss it.

4] This is a non-tagger/ non-nomination game.

Today’s questions are perhaps a little bit more taxing, however, this is the way of life as we know it, and there is never anything wrong with a little bit of thought provocation is there?

 

Daily Topic Subject – Adventures and Travels

Q1] What is the last holiday you took?

My Last holiday was to Whitby, which is in the northeast corner of England in the county of Yorkshire.

I posted about it here:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/picture-of-the-day-st-marys-church-whitby/

Here are a couple more photos.

Q2] What is your most favourite place in all of the world that you have seen?

Difficult. One of my favourite places is the Isle of Wight, I love its gentle charm and the feel that you are going back in time. I have also been so some beautiful places in New Zealand and Australia.

Highlights for me are:

Pahia and the Bay of Islands – New Zealand

Kata TJuta (The Olgas) – Australia

Lake Windermere – The Lake District, England.

The View from Arthur’s Seat – Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Fairy Glen – Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Bantry Bay and Garinish Island Gardens – Co, Cork, Ireland

Just a few.

Q3] Do you think travelling enriches your life, your learning, your wisdom or it’s just time off?

For me going on holiday (taking a vacation) must include an element of seeing things and learning about something. I am not someone who can just sit by a pool and drink cocktails. I would be bored in 10 seconds flat, in fact, I am bored just thinking about it.

I have to explore, scenery, culture, history, the lot. So for me travelling enriches the mind. I don’t need an expensive holiday, or to travel far afield but I get withdrawal symptoms if I haven’t been away for a least a long weekend for a while. My Last holiday was in May so I am champing at the bit waiting for my next one. Luckily that is next week. 🙂

Q4] Recently l read, and it’s not new about windowless aircraft which will be the future of air travel, what are your views on this?

Well at the moment I am terrified of flying. Even the thought of flying makes me feel anxious and short of breath. I don’t like the idea of windowless planes, I think that it will lead to an increase in travel sickness and vomiting on flights which will greatly diminish peoples enjoyment of the experience.

PQ5] In your opinion what is a great quote that symbolises adventuring and travelling?

Well I had a little look and this one appealed to me:

 “ I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” – John Green.

Q6] Since you have begun travelling have you noticed any change in who you have become as a person?

No, I think it has enhanced what was already there, someone genuinely interested in the world. It gives me more to talk about, much to the chagrin of my colleagues.

PQ7] What is a great song to get you in the mood for adventuring? [provide link please]

I’ve always like this one:

Q8] When on holiday, travelling or adventuring – do you take books/kindle to read or simply rest on the knowledge that your time away is enough to provide all your stimulation anyway?

I do take a book, but I often find I don’t read much of it, maybe for 30 minutes before falling asleep. I tend to find my stimulation by my surroundings.

Q9] Five best holidays you have had and list why?

A trip down the Thames with my parents in a boat – Happy family memories.

A caravan holiday across Ireland with my parents – More happy memories but also of Ireland.

New Zealand, North Island – The fantastic scenery and also the last time I saw my Aunty Glynis who died not long afterwards.

Isle of Skye with my partner – The memories still linger, maybe another trip is in order.

All of my trips to the Isle of Wight – They all merge into one and every moment was joy and bliss.

Q10] Do you have a favourite blog that deals with adventuring or travelling that you read before you go?

No. I enjoy reading a lot of blogs that deal with travelling, I enjoyed Novus Lectio’s recent pictures of her trip to Ireland and also Laura M Bailey’s if Ireland too. I like seeing pictures of other people’s holidays because I get vicarious pleasure. It is the closest thing I can get to, to actually having a break myself.

Q11] Are you a soloist traveller or prefer company?

I prefer company, but it has to be specific. My Partner or a very close friend or family member. I like travelling with my Mum although we are both strong personalities who bicker all the time. We also make each other laugh.

PQ12] What is the most significant lesson you have learned when adventuring?

By all means, make judgements but never set them in stone. Keep them flexible and prepared to change or you will miss out so much in life’s adventures.

Q13]  When in a new location, what are the first five things you check or do to ensure your adventure/holiday is successful?

I always pack my teabags, so the first thing is to find out where I can get hold of the things I’ll need to have a nice cup of tea.

The other thing is to find out where the local interesting places are to visit. The museums, castles, gardens etcetera.

Q14] Are you a rigid planner for adventures, or just throw a few things into a bag and let the day take you wherever?

I have a rough idea of what I want to do but I chop and change depending on the weather or other circumstances. Sometimes you find that places you want to visit are only open on certain days. I like to leave plenty of time for unplanned adventure too.

PQ15] In your opinion what do you think is needed to make an adventure/holiday really successful?

A positive attitude.

Q16] When adventuring do you have a traditional routine or just go with the flow?

A mixture of the two. I am never one to go with the flow, I like to create my own flow.

Q17] Are you totally relaxed when holidaying/adventuring as in let your hair completely down, or hang on to a sense of reticence?

I am never completely rigid or completely loose.

Q18] How important is adventuring/holidaying away to you?

Very. I must have regular holidays and always must have one in the pipeline otherwise I feel quite depressed.

Q19] Are you completely and utterly true to your personality when ‘away’ or do you become someone else?

My personality is one that adapts to my surroundings, but I am always me. I do feel less stressed and happier when I am on holiday so there must be changes that do occur.

PQ20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?

No, I didn’t feel any difficulty answering any of them.

Q21] You have been gifted a 42 day holiday of your dreams all expenses paid – where would you choose to go?

I would like to cruise around Europe. I did a Baltic Cruise a few years ago and loved the idea of visiting so many places. I would like to explore Norway, visit Iceland, Brittany, La Rochelle, Northern Spain and Portugal. Visit Gibraltar and the Balearics, Nice, Monaco and Sorrento. I would love to sail into Valletta harbour in Malta and then go on to Dubrovnik and the Greek Islands.

I am planning it now, so I hope I win the lottery soon 😉

 

Whether you are on holiday, planning a holiday or are simply at home, I hope you enjoy your life’s adventures.