Craft group in the Guinness Book of Records? Surely not!

Flock is a participatory arts project which began in spring 2011. Schools, groups and individuals were invited to “join the flock” by contributing to a large scale art installation

When I heard about Join the Flock, which was intended to promote wool and involved making pompom sheep, I suggested to the other members of the craft group that we might take part.
Because it was my suggestion, I downloaded the instructions and templates and found some cardboard. I spent some time tracing the pompom circles, pairs of legs and sheep’s heads onto the cardboard and cutting them out ready for the group.
A previous project we had done had involved a fair amount of work from another member, so I thought it was my turn!
On the evening there were nine of us at the meeting – eight women and one granddaughter. The youngster had already made a sheep at school and given it away to the project, so she decided to keep hers.
At the end of the evening I had eight sheep to take home and prepare for mailing. The sheep refused to get into the box until they had had a photo-shoot!

Pompom sheep

Pompom sheep

They turned out to be very photogenic. They possibly became well-travelled. Although I looked very hard I could not pick them out at Woolfest in 2012. Not all the sheep, which had been made, attended that event. As far as I remember the original target was 5000 sheep.

Some of our sheep appeared header for an email or on a poster!  One was in the Best in Show gallery.
There were other events. The sheep became film stars.  They starred in videos.
This autumn some of them went to London Zoo for a weekend. There is a Youtube video of their adventures there.
Last month it was announced that the pompom sheep are  Guinness World Record holders.  There are not 5000, but an amazing 8998 sheep.

The Guinness Book of Records is a former title, but I never for the life of me, even in my wildest dreams, thought that anything I did would be associated with the Guinness World Records.
Oh, and just for the record, my craft group friends really enjoyed the evening making the sheep.


Say ph

Today’s Daily prompt asks

Tell us about a time when everything seemed to be going wrong — and then, suddenly, you knew it would be alright. 

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SAFETY.


I can remember learning to say the last remaining sound I needed.

The neighbours thought it was a great joke that I said, “Ha-ha, isn’t it sunny?”

“She can’t say her efs!”

One morning I made my mind up to master it.  I went out into the back garden and wandered along the concrete paths, SSSSSSSSS, SSSSSSSSSS, SSSSSSSSSS, Ph!

I rushed back indoors.

“Mummy, I can say ph!”

So I could say funny and foot, face, finger and four (although my counting may not have progressed beyond, “One, two, three…lots”).

A few days later I thought up my first joke.

My godmother’s surname was pronounced Slee and we always referred to her as Auntie Mary Slee to distinguish her from a relative.

I asked, “When is Auntie Mary Flea coming to see us again?”

My mother panicked.  She didn’t realise I was having a bit of fun.  She really thought I didn’t know any better!

So I could say, “ph”, but it wasn’t quite safe!  (And I had to exhale to do it!)

Related post: https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/f-is-for/


Only joking!

Daily Prompt: Funny Ha-Ha

Do you consider yourself funny? What role does humour play in your life? Who’s the funniest person you know?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us CLEVER.

I think most people who know me might be forgiven for thinking me rather serious.  Hardly anyone I know in “real life” has the time or inclination to read my blogs.  They may be unaware that I enjoy word play and good clean jokes.  My humorous responses to the Daily Prompt have been well received by the minority of bloggers who have been enticed to the blog with the tagline “Tasty writing surprises (non-fattening!)”.

It beats me how you Daily Post people in general and Michelle in particular manage to time your prompts.  Have you got spies?  Are you secretly reading my blog?

On Saturday I was out walking and returned to find a prompt about boots and where they had taken me!

Last week I wrote three limericks, which I posted here with a poll for feedback from kind readers.  Yesterday I wrote another limerick (is this a new addiction?) and it fitted nicely in a post I had scheduled for today on my other blog. Now the daily prompt is asking whether I am funny.  What a coincidence!  What an opportunity!

And you are asking about the person I find funniest.  It’s impossible to single out just one.

So who are my humorous role-models?  They include writers and broadcasters from an earlier age: Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, PG Wodehouse, Richmal Compton, Frank Muir and Kenneth Williams, to name but a few.

I do not listen to comedy on the radio now.  I don’t enjoy it.

My Word was perhaps my favourite radio show of all time. The panellists were introduced as four people whose business was words.  I lapped it up.  I wondered how they acquired the reputation for being in the word business.  I was rather envious.  I read the dictionary for fun, but I was too young to have a trade or profession.  Who does qualify as being a wordsmith anyway?  Do bloggers?

I consider humorous writing to be a similar art form to stand-up comedy.  Timing is important.  It is no use putting your best ideas at the beginning.  The reader has to be played like a fish and lured to the very end of the post where they will be rewarded with a laugh, a smile or a groan!

And now I’ve caught your attention, please click on my links.  They might even make you laugh!