Friday, 27 April 2018

FFF: Magical Realism?

Gail, it's YAM-Aunty's Final Friday Fiction time again. I trust you have your story ready!

Oh dear Bertie, I have been struggling terribly this month. I selected a book about Scotland that I greatly enjoyed reading recently, 'Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey' by Madeleine Bunting, but the phrases on page 87 have proved terribly difficult, and as you know I am not a natural at this story telling business anyway.

Let me have a look. What do we have here?

Line 8: The pictures of animals are a form...

Line 12: Common abstract elements in the lozenge representing Logos...

Line 16: earth, air, water, fire, the four properties heat, cold, moisture...

Well Gail, this reminds me of something quite remarkable that happened a while back when you were out at work. Perhaps we could weave a story around that?

Oh, did I never mention about how all your pictures of animals came alive one day? I mean, to be precise, the animals in the various paintings decorating our living room, study, and bedroom walls - they all of a sudden, quite unexpectedly, sprang to life. Yes really!

Gosh it was so exciting. First the jolly band of penguins marched off down the hallway to rendezvous with the geese from the farmyard picture in the study. There was a terrible commotion when my brethren, the pack of fox terriers, set upon them. The air was filled with fur and feathers and there was earth and water all over the carpet... As it was daytime the wise owls slept through it all, but our Highland 'coo', accustomed to the tranquil moorland environment, did not appreciate being disturbed one bit and stampeded up the stairs, whereupon the hoppity mountain hare in the top bedroom jumped out of his picture frame and nearly out of his skin.

Fortunately, it all happened on the same day our cleaner comes, and as we know, her powers of transforming chaos and mess into a spick and span household are beyond magical, which is why you never detected that anything unusual had occurred.

Gail you are looking quite perturbed! Well I'm sorry I never told you about this before. Why, I knew you'd only worry.

Perhaps in future you should just buy paintings comprising abstract elements? That might be safer don't you think?


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  1. Hmmm, dere would be a ton of westies and cats around here if momma's "artwork" came to life!

  2. Bertie that was the fear of the mama once too as she was a little girl... she feared the giant roaring lion in a painting would eat her at night ... her granny had to replace that painting LOL

  3. Oh wow, that must've been exciting!

  4. Hari OM
    OMD Bertie, now the cat's out the bag...
    Well done lad, you worked the passages Gail found for you most excellently and I could really picture all the critters creating havoc!!! Thank you both. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  5. What a wonderful day that must have been Bertie!
    Rosy, Arty & Jakey

  6. We thoroughly enjoyed your story Bertie! How fun that would be to have our pictures come alive
    Hazel & Mabel

  7. OMCs/OMDs Bertie I sure do wish I had been there with you during this parade of animals. It must have been fantastic. Bravo to you for keeping it to yourself 'cause you are right Gail would have worried. Hugs Madi your bfff

  8. What a wonderful event and how fantastic that it managed to fit the phrases you had to write about. We're just glad Gail isn't into paintings of lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

    Love that penguin painting, by the way.

    1. We are rather proud of incorporating 'abstract element's, but 'the lozenge representing Logos' defeated even Bertie!

  9. What fun that must have been. Get a new housekeeper, just sayin'
    Wyatt and Tegan

  10. Dere would be all kindsa mayhem round here if the paintings came to life!! It shure would be lively!

  11. Glad the cleaner was able to help right the world!

  12. Hurray for cleaners!
    Now excuse me while I have go shopping for some abstract paintings.

  13. Despite your fears we'd say job well done!

    Just Stopping in to bark hello!

    Murphy & Stanley