An emerging theme from the coursework reading focuses on sharpening your senses and awareness.
In the Creative Writing Coursebook, (p.20) Julia Bell states that, “in order to construct vivid, believable narratives a writer needs to develop a sharp eye for details in the world around them, details that are often easy to miss in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.”
I have just returned from a break visiting family in the Lake District and thought I would share the following narrative and observations for comment.
Whilst on an early morning walk I encountered a large peacock. This is not an unusual occurrence in the Lake District, except the encounter occurred in a residential area, not a habitat where peacocks are usually found.
As I was walking, the peacock appeared from the driveway of a house, walked alongside me for about 30 seconds, then strutting off into another residential garden.
Later that morning at breakfast I was relaying this story to Mrs.D. and my mother. My mother informed me that this was commonplace as the peacock belonged to a local family and had been around the area for 17 years. The following conversation then took place.
Mrs.D: “Where would you take the peacock if it needed to see a vet?”
Mother: “There’s someone two doors down from us who’s sons a vet.”
Me: “Is the son local?”
Mother: “No, they live down south near you.”
Me: “That’s useful, I’m sure the peacock would enjoy the 300 mile trip especially if it was injured or sick”.
The next morning I awoke to find Mrs. D sat upright in bed. As I turned to wish her good morning, she looked straight at me and said,
“It’s been worrying me all night. How would you get a peacock to the vet? Would you take it on a dog lead, or a sling like they carry swans in?”
“Why don’t you google it” I replied.
“No that would be cheating, maybe I’ll ask your sister.”
The upshot of this is that, whilst the female contingent of the D clan are deeply involved in investigations into peacocks and vet transport, I’m planning future walks to avoid anything fowl related.