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The water is filled with the ripples of fish. Fishermen tell me the river teems with chubb, tench, even trout at certain times of the year. There are also ferocious pike that have been known to snatch a laggard duckling. People have also seen otters in these waters sleekly darting under the overhanging weeping willows. I think I have myself though they move so swiftly it is hard to be sure. But it's very restful to gaze at the changing face of the river and the sky above it when I need to refresh my brain.
Wherever I am and whatever window I look out of, it is nature that I search for. There’s nothing like a dramatic sky or a swooping bird for firing up the imagination and putting everything in perspective.
Enjoy an excerpt:
The mean-faced Tan moved forward and cocked a gun in my direction. “You with the ball! Stop, you little Fenian brat, or I’ll shoot!”
He advanced towards me, his eyes flaming down the barrel of the gun. I thought I was going to wet myself with fear.
On impulse, I skied the ball straight up to heaven. It soared higher than the rooftops. Everyone tilted their heads. From the corner of my eye I glimpsed the young rebel making a run for it towards Saint Andrew’s church on the opposite side of the road.
“POW!” a shot rang out.
I prayed it wasn’t the rebel. But the lifeless thud of my ball was almost as bad. The Tan had shot my dearest possession. But they hadn’t even seen the gunman!
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