1. Take that shiny black bead surrounded by crimson feathers and a beak…
2. The Dark Blue & White Pattern Contest. The striped beakers were disqualified for a lack of originality. The judges didn’t buy their claim that the essence of their design was in the positioning of the stripes. “Humbug!” Laughed the judges. “That’s far too easy, so we’re going to have to ask you to pack up and go home.”
4. Turquoise Silverback beetles zoom round and around the fabric’s edge. It was an extremely close race, with the beetles running so close to one another they formed a continuous loop.
5. In conditions that defy the rules of chemistry and biology, as well as the laws of physics and Mother Nature’s common sense, these could be really delicious mushrooms…
6. On the count of three, the flowers made a break for freedom. There was nothing wrong with the plan as such—except that it was necessary to have legs in order to run.
7. Candles are not very good at hiding, and neither are they any good at whispering. That particular bunch kept screaming, at the top of their voices: “Do you think he’s seen us? Can he see us?” Er… yep😊.
8. A gathering of cups that sounds like a thousand whispers. Every hole has its very own voice, and all of them talk at the same time.
9. Have you noticed how shell collectors keep asking themselves: “Did somebody move my shells?” Of course nobody moved your shells: the shells moved the shells, because moving around is what shells do. Just like the ones in this bowl: twisting and turning—it’s almost as if they’re trying to invent a brand new dance.
10. When no one’s looking, urchins turn soft and rubbery and then start bouncing up and down. Trust me, I haven’t actually seen this happen, but I have imagined it.
11. Will you look at that: a giant silver acorn with its very own star. I haven’t seen one like that since I was emplayed as a trader of fine objects—back in the 16th Century.
12. Uh-oh, a full blown stripe attack. There’s nothing you can do but let it happen, hope your skin has de-striped by the time you get to work.
13. Penny Bird was placed under a dome of silence because he wouldn’t stop chirping. Day and night Penny chirped—said he was trying to break a record no one had heard of. And who was anyone to say Penny wasn’t telling the truth? Under the dome, Penny could chirp all he liked—and break every record in the books.
14. Everyone loved the monthly Wall Waltzing Festival: it was a great time to dance around and mingle with the other products.
15. …And all too soon it’s time to say goodbye to my new friends.
You know how it is… Too many thoughts fighting for attention—a very noisy head! The best thing is a mental reset, and what works best for me is to look at things without thinking. I simply describe the shapes and colours as they appear to me, and everything calms down 😊.