Hello,

how lovely of you to visit me, thank you. This is my latest post in response to Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge The two prompt words this week, to be integrated synonymously, are dignity and success.

Me and my person did a long walk yesterday, up a v. v. v big mountain, called Great Gable, in the English Lake District. Right at the top, fixed to the summit, is a war memorial my person had come to see. This is the story.

On 6th June 1924 a group of people, who had survived the first world war, took this memorial to the top of this classic hill to remember their friends, who had not returned from the battlefields. They were part of a club that used to meet in Wasdale to go rock climbing, in what was then a remote mountain valley. They were the pioneers of this relatively new sport. The date they choose was the exact same day that George Mallory and Sandy Irving disappeared into the waves of rolling cloud with just two more obstacles to go before claiming victory – Mallory’s third attempt – at the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. They never returned and whether they made it or not is the greatest mystery in the history of mountaineering.

You can read lots more about it in a brilliant book called ‘Into the Silence’ by Wade Davis. He puts the quest to conquer the highest mountains in the world in the context of a generation of men made fearless through the barbarous conditions of trench warfare and the horrific sights they had been through, or known their friends had experienced.

My person wrote this poem about it:

memorial g. g.

Memorial placed

On high hill to honour men

Whose death won freedom

Unveiling the war memorial

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As for me, I got up to the summit, then bowed my head in memory of more than 400,000 horses, belonging to the cavalry units, that were killed.

Love Ben xx 0

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Ben’s world 30th April 2018

Dear ‘Share Your World Friends’,

My person has been v. v. v busy and my blogging gets put to the side at times like that. I hate it and I have now missed two weeks of Share Your World. However, I’m back now and I’m so happy that you have come to share my little world.

How lovely of you to visit me, thank you. This is a snap shot of my world in response to the weekly questions posed in Cee’s Share Your World  post.

You can read all about my v. v. v big adventure by visiting my home page  and also, my Munro blogs. All my poems are here dog-poets page

Do you use paper money? If so is your money organized sequentially according to denomination?

Nope I don’t use any paper money at all but that’s not surprising because I don’t use money of any sort. Now you have made me think about it I wonder how my dinner and all my yummy treats get on the table.

You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time?

Oh boy yes, it’s not so much meditative like Cee, more of very deep long zzzzzzzzzzzs

What is your greatest strength?

Unconditional love.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

A visit from Mr Mole on our forecourt. I seemed to be the only one amused by it though.

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I’m looking forward to reading about your world.

Love Ben 0

#BlackAndWhite#PhotographyChallenge#DaySeven

Well that’s my seven days done and it’s a long time in the life of a dog. Mind you, with such an exciting challenge to complete it just flew by. I started this challenge tummy deep in snow and the yesterday all the white stuff mysteriously disappeared. How does that happen?

Thank you very much to Luccia Gray for nominating the dog-poet, suggesting he turn his paw to this photography challenge. Luccia is a writer, and exponent of the best in Victorian literature. She blogs at https://lucciagray.com/ 

I’m a bit in awe of this challenge business because I’m only really good for the odd  family snap. Being a dog, it’s a bit fiddly with the paws and the press button, so don’t expect anything grand. The camera’s not up to much and it’s only basic editing. It’s a bit of fun and I’m so pleased to take part.

Here’s the job. Black and White Photography Challenge: Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No explanation. No people. (and, Ben’s rule, no dogs) Challenge someone new each day.

Today I nominate just anyone who fancies having a go at portraying an aspect of their life, in black and white every day for seven whole days. Hope you enjoy it.

Van

Love Ben xx 0

#BlackAndWhite#PhotographyChallenge#Day DayThree

Day Three – here we come.

Thank you very much to Luccia Gray for nominating the dog-poet, suggesting he turn his paw to this photography challenge. Luccia is a writer, and exponent of the best in Victorian literature. She blogs at https://lucciagray.com/ 

I’m a bit in awe of this challenge business because I’m only good for the odd  family snap. Being a dog, it’s a bit fiddly with the paws and the press button, so don’t expect anything grand. The camera’s not up to much and it’s only basic editing. It’s a bit of fun and I’m so pleased to take part.

Here’s the job. Black and White Photography Challenge: Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.

Today I nominate Seanna who blogs at Seanna’s world One of her 2018 blogging resolutions was to advance her photography with a new Camera. Her most recent post recounts what she learnt while on an artic expedition. It’s a great read for the truly adventurous among us, as well as those who like to read of such things with our paws up, beside a nice warm fire. Accept this challenge if you like and when you can.

I’m going to find it so hard not to tell you what the photos are all about but, seemingly, they just speak for themselves, telling their own story – golly gosh. I think I’m allowed to tell you that it was v. v. v cold today, but not as cold as on Seanna’s trip.

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Love Ben xx 0

#BlackAndWhite#PhotographyChallenge# DayTwo

Thank you very much to Luccia Gray for nominating the dog-poet, suggesting he turn his paw to this photography challenge. Luccia is a writer, and exponent of the best in Victorian literature. She blogs at https://lucciagray.com/ 

I’m a bit in awe of this challenge business because I’m only good for the odd  family snap. Being a dog, it’s a bit fiddly with the paws and the press button, so don’t expect anything grand. The camera’s not up to much and it’s only basic editing. It’s a bit of fun and I’m so pleased to take part.

Here’s the job. Black and White Photography Challenge: Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.

Today I nominate Arthur a border collie who blogs with Arran, a sheltie. They live with Squiggly a very young two legged thing, who has a rotten cold. So I hope he is better soon. I thought Arthur being black and white himself might have an eye for a good black and white image. Accept this challenge if you like and when you can.

I’m going to find it so hard not to tell you what the photos are all about but, seemingly, they just speak for themselves, telling their own story – golly gosh.

Can’t resist a little intrigue though. Have a guess where my treats were when this photo was taken? Leave a little bark below.

 

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Love Ben xx 0

The dog poet writes again.

Here we go again,

The weekly poetry challenge – what larks

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 71: Character & Affection, #SnyonymsOnly – colleenchesebro.com

Impishly climbing

Folding into warm contours

Dissolving in dreams

                    By Ben, the dog poet

 

By the way, this is the best poem about dogs by a two legged thing that I have come across.

Dog Dreams

 

 

Christmas competition, only one day left

Friends, collies, my special band of competition lovers,

Wow, what a lot of guesses, with just one day to go. I have highlighted those I did drop a line to, but only 2 replied – who were they??????? I wrote to others and had 2 more replies, who could they have been? Anyone for a last guess? Continue reading