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Submission Selfie Sunday

Dear friends, here is my April Sunday Selfie, to celebrate the coming of spring 🙂

I am still trying to work on my camouflage techniques, as you can see, but I’m having a wee bit of bother with the legs…

With lots of fluffy hugs and a bunch of daffodils to you all at PWS xoxo

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Thank you for your selfie-submission! We’re actually glad, the camouflage doesn’t work too well, else we wouldn’t be able to see you

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Daffodils for everyone today :)) Hope you are all having a peaceful and happy Sunday xoxo

[Special note for those who may be concerned about cruelty to plants – the daffodils which Algy is holding were broken by the wind. The wind provides rather more than enough cut flowers in the West Highlands!]

With the fluffiest thanks to the great team at photosworthseeing for making the monthly Sunday Selfie such a great and enjoyable event – the submissions this month have been better than ever! Long live the PWS Sunday Selfie :))

After a while, Algy managed to stop staring at the swinging necklace, removed it from the bush, and hung it around his neck where it belonged. Gathering up his gifts and the pretty card, he flew up onto a low perch, and propped the card up in a forked branch so that the birds would feel at home. But it seemed that the hypnotic effect of the necklace had not entirely worn off, because Algy found that he just couldn’t stop looking first one way and then the other; one way and then the other; one way and then the other …

Thank you again for your lovely gifts, stefaniejasper :)))

Eventually – and with a wee bit of assistance – Algy managed to open the exciting parcel that had flown all the way across the ocean, sent from the USA by his friend stefaniejasper. Nestling in tissue paper within the box, there was an envelope with “Algy” written on it inside a heart – so Algy guessed that it was meant for him 🙂  When he opened the envelope he found a lovely card with a bird design on the front, and a sweet message written inside it. But that wasn’t all! Underneath the envelope there was a beautiful little bag in very pretty colours. The drawstring wasn’t very easy to loosen with feathery wings, but after a while Algy succeeded in opening the bag, and discovered another, very special heart. This was a gorgeous sparkling heart that dangled on a handmade necklace and danced in the light. Algy was absolutely entranced. He hung the necklace from a wee branch above his head, gave it a little tap to set it swinging, and leaned back against the daffodils to watch it. With the bright spring sunshine in his eyes, the larks singing overhead, and the dazzling heart swinging backwards and forwards in the light, Algy soon found himself hypnotized 🙂

Dear Stefanie, Algy thanks you very, very much for the wonderful gifts which you sent for his birthday, and for your sweet thoughts. He is overwhelmed by your kindness, and sends you lots and lots of fluffy hugs xoxoxo

When the post bird passed by, Algy received a very exciting-looking package which had been sent all the way from the USA by his artist friend stefaniejasper. As it was an unusually sunny day, he decided to take his parcel into his friends’ garden, where he could open it at leisure among the daffodils. Algy propped the box up on a stone and tried to open it but, like so many inanimate objects, the box seemed to have a mind of its own. In his excitement Algy quite forgot about being leisurely, and the more eagerly he tried to discover what might be inside it, the more impossible it seemed to be to get the package open …

Although bathed in early spring sunshine, Algy discovered that the day was nothing like as warm as it appeared. So he found a low-lying spot out of the wind, sheltered by a bank of golden daffodils, and settled down on a soft bed of moss and dry grasses to soak up the sun and dream lazily about this, that, and the little blue monster who was going to travel across the ocean for him to hug!

Algy has made a special “Thank You” message for all his kind friends and followers, and especially for those who sent him congratulations on the occasion of his Anniversary.

[And his assistant struggled for hours with Tumblr’s GIF restrictions and then faced repeated image upload failures for photo posts: “Error Uploading Image”. Aaaarghhhh!.]

Algy in Pensive Mood

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Sitting in pensive mood among the dancing daffodils, Algy was inevitably reminded of Wordsworth’s famous poem:

           The waves beside them danced; but they
           Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
           A poet could not but be gay,
           In such a jocund company:
           I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
           What wealth the show to me had brought:

           For oft, when on my couch I lie
           In vacant or in pensive mood,
           They flash upon that inward eye
           Which is the bliss of solitude;
           And then my heart with pleasure fills,
           And dances with the daffodils.

[From I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth.]

Algy was in pensive mood. Smoke drifted slowly across the ridge from the hill fire behind him, but he paid no attention to it.

His old friends were having a difficult time and had to visit the hospital today. Algy sat quietly among the daffodils, listening to the birds, and thinking of his friends.

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