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A drifting sea horse (Rousse)

The horse stood patiently on the red deck that was tethered to the end of the pier. Meanwhile, the horse’s owner struck up a conversation with us. Then came a gust of wind and the deck’s mooring broke loose. Within … Continue reading

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Twins, a five-legged soccer creature, and a lost football pitch (Rousse)

I accompanied the twin eight year-olds (already kitted out in white football strips) to the vast park. Here I was told that we would easily find the pitch. We set off as directed. I related tales of a five-legged soccer … Continue reading

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Island holiday apartments with pets (Rousse)

P and SM, L and TF, and TPR and I all owned holiday apartments on a remote exotic island – which we hardly ever used. When we first bought the properties they each came with a set of live pets … Continue reading

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Tabby ferret discovery (Rousse)

We lived in a tumbledown one-storey cottage. Our next door neighbours were Chinese. The children had been brought up to play quietly, and for this we were eternally grateful. Not long after TPR fixed the crumbling front step, we were … Continue reading

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Northumberland to Newbury the roundabout way (Rousse)

Perhaps it was a mistake to allow the youngest member of our party to drive? The small, slim woman made so many navigational mistakes that we ended up travelling from Hexham to Corbridge via Norton. It took three hours to … Continue reading

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Mammal or amphibian? The curious case of the “salamander” (Rousse)

The four-legged creature was the size of a small labrador and sported the most beautiful brown multi-toned short fur coat. At first glance it looked like a dog, but it didn’t exhibit dog-like behaviour: it had no curiosity whatsoever, and … Continue reading

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A crocodile in Edinburgh (Rousse)

Amongst the redundant Christmas decorations I found a crocodile fashioned from flattened metal on Princes Street. It didn’t take long for me to find someone to take it off my hands. I came across Captain Hook just up the road … Continue reading

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Movie star wolf travels the Outer Hebrides by CalMac ferry (Rousse)

TPR and I were adrift on an unstaffed Calmac ferry somewhere between the islands of Barra and Tiree. The only other passenger was a wolf. He tried to persuade us that he was a movie star by claiming that he … Continue reading

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Ugly baby is an alien (Rousse)

I was left holding the baby, and what an ugly little creature it was. I wondered why its head was so floppy and its skin so slimy. Then it opened its mouth in an evil grin that revealed a full … Continue reading

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Kittens come home (Rousse)

I didn’t care that I was allergic to cats. I wanted two kittens, and I wanted them now. The two men from the animal rescue centre opened up a couple of crates. Each one was crammed with a selection of … Continue reading

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