The bottom of my garden

So today, I was sitting in the garden enjoying a G&T when I heard a voice emanating from the public footpath the other side of the hedge – “Is that art?”

I began to feel a tad depressed.

And then I remembered that yesterday, when I was actually on the public footpath looking for feathers, that I met a young family – Mum, Dad and two sons.

Mum – “We love your sculptures!”

Dad – “Do you specialise in metal work?”

Me – “I learnt welding and casting at college but nearly everything you see is made of wood. I’ve come up with a cunning plan to disguise wood as bronze and the letters on the sign are made from Flashband …”

Dad – “Oh yes … messy stuff.”

Me – “ … cut out with scissors.”

Dad … “Surely you have to …?”

Me – “Exactly! After every cut I have to clean the scissors with turps.”

Dad – “Blimey.”

Kids – “Brilliant.”

It’s very difficult to remember the nice, interesting things that people say. Something about the human condition makes us only remember the negative things that happen to us. I’ve noticed this many times, both with myself and folk that I know.

Humans are ridiculous.


  1. Posted September 5, 2016 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Answer (disembodied voice): It’s made *you* think. That’s quite artful.

    You’re getting a bit fizzyological, aren’t you?

    daddyp replied:

    I’ve always been a tad fizzy ever since my parents made home-made ginger beer. Quite scary when the bottles exploded at 3am.

  2. Somnambulist
    Posted September 5, 2016 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Studies show that the positivity effect tends to increase with age, so the negative memory bias you’re speaking of should start to fade… right about now. Although it could simply be an individual mood congruency bias, in which case, try and cheer up old chap.

    (I blame BoJo)

    daddyp replied:

    If I had any idea at all what you’re talking about I’d write an interesting and cogent comment. BoJo!!!! – love him or hate him if you wipe Marmite on your undercrackers questions will be asked.

    Somnambulisr replied:

    I do. And Sparkly Aph asks those questions on a daily basis.

    daddyp replied:

    Sparkly is a woman of great depth and understanding.

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