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I was, once again, around the Lake when I spotted, through the clearing in the trees and grasses, this heron peering through the surface of the water.

In an instant, its long beak broke through the surface of the water, snatching a tasty morsel.


It then saw me through the clearing, so I decided to leave at that moment. I may have been a little larger than the fish just caught, but I could see hunger through those eyes that were peering now directly at me. I wasn’t going to stick around any longer!

This is a post in response to Debbie’s One Word Sunday theme, ‘Through’.

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Time For A Couple Of Reveals

Well, it is Saturday after all. And Six Word Saturday at that.

Not that that is the reason.

So, without further ado, let’s start!

My next painting for #WorldWatercolorMonth is…

The First Wallow

That’s right! My ninth painting in my series of nine versions of ATCs/ACEOs is a baby hippo! It’s the next day on our safari now. Or it’s the morning of the first day, I forget. We lose track of time around here. The baby hippo is the first to get into the muddy lake for a good old wallow before anybody else.

Hippopotamus babies are so cute it’s untrue. They are tiny, compared to their parents, and they are like little round balls with four legs. Well, the ones I saw were!

Moving on, time for…

The Second Reveal

My #WorldWatercolorMonth poortrait.

Did you have the slightest inkling as to who it was? I’ll post a quick reminder first:

And then I’ll post a quick recap of the clues I gave. I’m dragging this out a bit, I know. I love it! Hehehe!

One of the biggest clues should be the fact that I’ve been mentioning time a lot of late. It was a clue, but I’m always mentioning time, so it wouldn’t really have stood out.

The first clue, and the subsequent clues, and the time clue thinking about it, would all point you to the character this person is playing. Will play. Has played for years. (I’m still giving clues now, although I don’t really need to!) The first clue was An Old Clock In An Empty Room, which I thought was a giveaway. Mind you, I would, as I knew the identity to start off with.

I’ll quickly explain. A clock in an empty room. A blue clock at that. Time. And space. More later.

The next clue came in Wise Old Oswald And Friends. Here, not very subtly, the names were the clue. Names linked to the character, Oswald, Clara, and Ace. Companions. Other clues were scattered throughout this post as well, which I’ll mention in a minute.

Tiggan provided the next clue, still linked by name. Rather, pronunciation… and spelling…

Tiggan also posed the question as to who would be the ninth animal. I was playing with concepts here.

Clues were scattered throughout my latest Letters To The Universe post. A big one in the phrase ‘reverse the polarity’, which I also used in the Wise Old Oswald post. The Letters post also asked if I posted a clue last year. Which I did, and I didn’t. I posted it this year, to slot into last year’s time stream, if you can believe that. Did you see what I did there? Time travel. This link will take you to that post, but, if you haven’t got the identity of the character so far, this will either give the game away or confuse you totally. I realise not everyone may even know the character.

Finally, the original poortrait post held the biggest clue. Read Who Is This? as a statement rather than a question, and you have your answer.

Of course the poortrait was of Jodie Whittaker. The actress who will portray the new Doctor Who from next year. The first woman to play the part. I’m looking forward to the new series, I think it is an excellent choice, and things are most certainly going to be different. I can see big things happening for the character and I can’t wait!

And, I have some correct guesses as well! Woohoo!

Well Done and Congratulations go to…

(These all link to the latest post on the respective blogs, by the way)

Elaine of I Used To Be Indecisive…

Becky of It Caught My Eye In Portugal


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Debbie of Travel With Intent (Debbie also hosts Six Word Saturday, and this links to her latest SWS post)

With thanks to all of the other bloggers and visitors who took part, but didn’t quite name the poortrait correctly.

Just to finish, now that we’ve had the reveal, I can reveal what the above clues were revealing. Oswald, Clara, Ace and Tiggan represented three companions of the Doctor. Travellers who escort him/her on his/her many adventures. Clara Oswald, Ace and Tegan were their correct names. The clock in the the room: time and relative dimension in space; represented the TARDIS, the fabulous space/timeship that the Doctor uses to get about. It’s broken and stuck in the form of an old police phone box.

And really just to finish, the ‘next’ and ‘previous’ links on this theme that appear at the end of my posts also help with the clues. ‘Previous’ takes you forward and ‘next’ takes you back. If I can get my head around that,

Convoluted Space and Time Travel’s Easy.

For Six Word Saturday and

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Letters to the Universe… The Questions Edition!

Dear Tom,
Why was last week’s Letters post a version and not an edition? Is it because it was condensed? Or was it because it was a different version entirely? A different incarnation, so to speak. I’m also wondering… could this possibly be a clue?

Dear Blogland,
Apologies for last week’s EDITION being rather shorter than usual, but that was due to a lack of time. There’s slightly more of it this week, time that is, so this post is more like the previous editions.

Dear Weather,
Thank you for being so changeable this week. On one of the days, I had to go out dressed for Winter, strip suddenly to dry off as the Summer suddenly made an excruciatingly hot appearance, and then we had a burst of Spring showers, which meant I had to get dry once again, being caught in your torrential downpour. I don’t mind weather, I really don’t. I don’t mind extreme weather, but changing to extremes like this is a little too much, don’t you think? Maybe you should reverse your polarity flow or something. Could you please try to stick to one season per day in future? Thank you.

Dear Folk Affected By The Adverse Weather Conditions,
I make light of the weather conditions as it is the best way I can handle it, but I know some are affected more seriously by the weather, and my thoughts are with you.

Dear Internet Archive,
I look forward to browsing your library. I’ve had a quick look and can see that you have many different categories to search – the text from old books is particularly of interest to me. I’ve had a look at your Wayback Machine,  just to see if you had any copies of my blog from when I first started in 2010… I was disappointed to see that you hadn’t, but it was fun to see the site from 2016. Also, I have to mention a similar site I enjoy visiting from time to time, should I need to look up anything mythological or from folklore… The Internet Sacred Texts Archive. A vast realm of information, and therefore answers to some of my many questions, at my fingertips. Thank you. Thank you.

Dear World Watercolour Month,
You’re certainly whizzing by, aren’t you? Only ten more days to go, and then it’s over for another year. And what fun you are as well!

Dear Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch,
How is it that I have heard of you for what seems like forever, live extremely close to you, yet have never, ever visited you? Not even to take a quick photo of your town sign. I must set about putting this right. (And see if I can fit your whole sign onto my mobile camera’s screen!)

Dear Ae,
I know that I have never heard of you before, and don’t live as close to you as I do Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, but I feel compelled now to visit you also. From one extreme to the other… good photos to have side by side.

Dear Weekend,
Not long until you are here again. I have a question for you: will you pass by a little more slowly this week, last week I could see that you were trying, but in the end you were over pretty much soon after you began. Or so it seemed. Mind you, they do say time is relative, so maybe I should do something to slow you down, rather than me expecting you just to do it. I shall have to think about that one.

Dear Blogland,
How are your guesses coming along for my recent poortrait? I’ve been scattering clues for what seems like years now, hither and thither. I shall be checking in on all of your replies just before I post the reveal post. I wonder if any of you have got it right this time? Time will tell…

And to finish… Dear All,
Don’t be like me and worry over things such as time. What’s the point, really? It passes regardless of what we do… even when we’re bored and wished it would speed up, it is still the same time, passing at the same time. Just live in the moment, and enjoy it. I was going to say every second of it, but I’ll refrain. Just enjoy the NOW, and allow time to do its own thing. Night follows day regardless of whether we are stressed out to the max, or as chilled as a… as chilled as a what? We can’t have a questions edition without ending on a question now, can we???

Thank you for reading!

P.S.: Here’s a quick photo of this year’s #WorldWatercolorMonth poortrait:

Well, just because it is easier seeing it here than it is clicking back to the original post. However, clicking here will take you there, should you feel the need. Do you know who it is? Time is running out for this particular question…