Bracing Themselves

Nugget tried several times this morning to interfere with Jackie’s planting, but on each occasion

he was called away to attend to his more urgent duties of repelling a would-be boarder from his Weeping Birch station where he did his best to look big and hard as he whistled his deceptively sweet war cries.

After watching the recording of the rugby World Cup match between Scotland and Samoa, I scanned the last eight prints from the Isle of Wight holiday of August 2000.

The waves were pleasantly stimulating when the family entered the water, wherever these shots were taken.

Michael let them crash into him,


I’m not sure he saw the last one coming. Where is he now?Jessica, Emily, and Oliver were rather moreΒ circumspect as, showered by the spray snowflakes, hands clasped together, they braced themselves against the impact.

This evening we dined at Faros restaurant, Milford on Sea. We received the usual warm and friendly greeting; the service was as efficient and attentive as ever, and the food excellent. We were led to what is now considered as “our table”; Italian red wine was produced for me, and Greek lager for Jackie, with no prompting needed. Jackie’s choice of starter was zucchini fritters, and followed by chicken kebabs, salad, and chips; mine meatballs in a tasty tomato sauce, followed by kleftiko. We had no room for dessert.

It is impossible for anyone who knows the film ‘Zorba The Greek’ to fail to visualise Anthony Quinn when listening to the authentic music in this establishment



  1. I don’t know where Michael is for sure – he’s either that blurry shadowy bit caught in the big wave or, as I hope, that’s his head bobbing about front and centre, safely away from the chaos. There’s a great action shot of Jessica with the children too. It must be a bit fraught for poor Nugget, hoping to be served a tasty treat or two but having to keep a lookout for possible interlopers at the same time.

    1. Yes. I was talking to the restaurant manager – an Albanian economist – about the film. A very interesting and engaging man around 30 who had never heard of Zorba πŸ™‚ Thanks very much, Rosaliene

  2. Somehow my keyboard started working again when I got up this morning, so I will type fast in case it goes bad again. I am just astounded at how Nugget is still sticking around. I feel like these things usually end after the young animal grows up a bit and gets restless. It’s really been a wonderful thing to watch your all’s relationship develop, and I love tuning in to see if he’s still there.

    Wonderful memories in your beach photos. Hugs to you, always.

    How cool is it that you have a table at a restaurant? AND that they know your drink choices?? I think that is fabulous.

    I am 56; I guess that’s young enough that the music in that clip doesn’t remind me a bit of Anthony Quinn. I’ve never seen the movie. But the music very much reminds me of John Corbett. And, for that, I thank you.

    1. πŸ™‚ No W needed in your last paragraph. The restaurant manager’s memory is impressive. We’ve only been there a handful of times, but, if not too crowded, we always have a friendly conversation. I appreciate the understanding in the hugs. Other birds come and go, but a robin protects his territory. Thanks very much, Jodie.

  3. Beautiful photos! Wonderful memories! I am smiling with tears in my eyes. πŸ™‚
    Michael bravely took on the waves! πŸ™‚ Jessica and the children were smart to take on the waves together. πŸ™‚

    I see Nugget is busy with his “work”. πŸ™‚

    How can anyone listen to that song without getting up to dance?! πŸ˜‰

  4. Great pictures that remind me of old fashioned family holidays when I was a boy. If you wanted to swim then the sea was the only option. No waterparks in those days!

  5. I suspect you may be being very generous with the description of those waves as being ‘pleasantly’ stimulating that Michael was vanquishing? πŸ˜‰

    Did you know you had captured ‘Nessie’ on her beach holiday in the first pic?? Michael may have scared her off – she is pretty camera shy.

    Great to see Nugget protecting Jackie from interlopers in your garden! πŸ™‚

    Nice job on scanning those pics.

  6. I’d almost finished typing my comment when it disappeared from the screen! I will begin again.

    I loved the beach photographs, such lovely memories for you. I’m glad you are making doubly sure they are preserved by scanning them.

    Poor Nugget, I hope the interloper takes off soon.

    I enjoyed Zorba the Greek, thank you for the memory!

  7. That Nugget never gets a moment’s rest. And, yes, lovely memories. Really enjoyed the clip from “Zorba the Greek.” I’ve never seen the movie, and I think I need to add it to my TBW list. Life! Vitality!

  8. Mmm… I love Greek food. Had a favorite restaurant in CA where we enjoyed that cuisine. Haven’t found one here in Bozeman yet. Thanks for the beautiful photos and tasty memories.

  9. Wonderful shots of Nugget and lovely seashore memories in the photos you scanned. The Greek restaurant sounds great. I remember you’ve mentioned it before. I was thinking Greece and Greek food last night, as we watched The Durrells in Corfu, and then ate some of my leftover baklava for dessert. πŸ™‚

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