Monochrome and Colour

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Some days it rained all day without a break, and some days the rain paused for a while, to rest and recuperate. On those days there were occasional bursts of light while the clouds regrouped, and it was often possible to see the dividing line between the monochrome world and the full colour version. Algy was intrigued by these changes, and watched in fascination as the clouds and rain wiped the colour out of the landscape, and then short spells of sunshine restored it.

Algy hopes you will all have a happy and relaxing weekend, whether it is in monochrome or in colour 🙂

[ This photo has not been altered to create the divide 🙂 ]

Honour to those…

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Algy perched on a large boulder in a patch of pale autumn sunlight and stared at the waters of the loch.

He was reflecting on the strange nature of human beings; a few of them caused a huge amount of trouble and distress for others who they did not even know, and yet the vast majority were kind to one another, especially when those in trouble or danger were in need of help. The situation was entirely baffling to a fluffy bird, but by a strange coincidence it seemed to match today’s poem in the anthology “A Poem for Every Day of the Year” – a poem which was written over 150 years ago:

Whene’er a noble deed is wrought,
Whene’er is spoken a noble thought,
Our hearts, in glad surprise,
To higher levels rise.

The tidal wave of deeper souls
Into our inmost being rolls,
And lifts us unawares
Out of all meaner cares.

Honor to those whose words or deeds
Thus help us in our daily needs,
And by their overflow
Raise us from what is low!

[Algy is quoting the opening verses of the poem Santa Filomena by the 19th century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.]

The Silver Loch

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The West Highland weather was taking a walk on the wild side, but at times it paused to rest and reflect. When Algy was sure that the wind had dropped down to a tolerable level for a wee while, he flew over to the sheltered silver loch and perched on a rock. It was calm and peaceful there, and the lap lap lap of the tiny waves soothed him like a gentle lullaby. Although Algy loved the untamed ocean and the pounding of the breakers close to his home, it was undeniably pleasant to be able to relax for a while in a softer, more serene environment…

Free Kindle Ebook: Sunday 1st October

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*** SPECIAL OFFER: FREE KINDLE BOOK SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2017 ***

Algy had a wonderful surprise this week. An enormous truck, which entirely blocked the tiny single-track road outside his assistant’s house, brought him an unusually large delivery…

Algy was astonished. With some difficulty he tore the clingy outer wrapping apart with his beak and then opened one of the many cardboard boxes inside. It was full of lovely new copies of his book “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird”. Algy sniffed the book eagerly; it had a special, sweet sort of smell that was quite unlike the previous paperback copies he had seen. Puzzled, he asked his assistant to explain, and she told him that these books had been printed on an offset litho press, by a printing company who had been making books for fluffy birds and other customers since the 19th century 🙂

To celebrate this lovely new offset litho print run of his book “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird”, Algy has made the KINDLE EBOOK edition of this book FREE FOR EVERYONE on SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2017.

Ideal for young readers aged 7 to 10, for reading aloud to the wee ones, and for all adults who love Algy or who remain young at heart 🙂

Friends who have already downloaded this book may wish to do so again as it now has a glossary of Scottish and Gaelic names and words, as well as some minor revisions to the text.

Here are some links that go direct to the Kindle book on some of the main Amazon sites (Algy was not able to access the Kindle book on some overseas sites as he is based in the UK.)

amazon.co.uk

amazon.com

amazon.de

amazon.jp

FREE TO DOWNLOAD ALL DAY SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2017

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If your country is not listed above, please go to your local Amazon site and search for “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird” in Kindle books. You do not need a Kindle device to read Kindle ebooks – there are free Kindle reading apps available from Amazon for most computers and devices.

And if you would like a lovely new offset litho paperback copy of “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird”, signed by Algy and/or his assistant Jenny, you can buy one direct from Algy’s own web site or from the An Sithean Press web site – and fluffy bird mail can be delivered to almost any country of the world 🙂

Lifting Fog

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When the morning sun filtered through the soft white curtain of fog, the beautiful, warm colours of a Highland moorland in autumn started to emerge in patches here and there. Algy leaned back comfortably against a wee ledge on one of the numerous rock outcrops, and watched the colours increase in intensity and begin to glow as the sun gradually lifted the fog from the hillsides.

Foggy, Foggy Dew

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The fog had decorated every tiny blade of grass and every delicate seed head with pearly drops of water which hung motionless in the unusually calm air. Algy was surprised to see that there were still a few wee heather flowers blooming here and there, although it was nearly October, and the bees were still buzzing busily, despite the excessive dampness which not only descended from above but oozed up squelchily from below to soak Algy’s tail feathers whenever he perched on the ground…

Dancing Softly to Himself

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For as far as Algy’s eye could see, delicate, lacy spiders’ webs and gossamers were strung across the grasses and low-lying plants of the moorland and peat bogs, each one glistening with its own special string of dew drop pearls. It looked like a magical, misty fairyland, and Algy was entranced. Choosing a spot that was not too impossibly soggy, he perched there for a while, watching the webs sparkle in the morning light and their tiny inhabitants going about their daily business. He remembered a poem by Emily Dickinson, and wondered just how many spiders were dancing softly to themselves in his tiny wee corner of the Scottish Highlands… and how many must therefore be dancing across the great wide world as a whole…

The spider holds a Silver Ball
In unperceived Hands –
And dancing softly to Himself
His Yarn of Pearl – unwinds –

He plies from Nought to Nought –
In unsubstantial Trade –
Supplants our Tapestries with His –
In half the period –

An Hour to rear supreme
His Continents of Light –
Then dangle from the Housewife’s Broom –
His Boundaries – forgot –

[Algy is quoting the poem The Spider Holds a Silver Ball by the 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson.]