Soon You Won’t

Part of Becca’s photo challenge Sunday Trees 293.

Now you see me, soon you won’t… And why not? Because I’m heading back to the room where an invisible elephant belongs.

Anyway, this isn’t about me, it’s about a Sunday tree.

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One for each taste

Part of Norm 2.0’s photo challenge Thursday Doors.

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Peace and Quiet

Part of Becca’s Sunday Trees.

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A Total Surprise…

Part of daily prompt: total

While total usually has a negative ring in my ears (think totalitarian), it also reminds me of a joke of two monks in the Middle Ages conversing in Latin (what else!). They were close friends and often imagined the hereafter, i. e. how wonderful paradise would be. But how could they be sure? At long last they decided to make a pact. Whoever would die first, should appear to the other in a dream and tell him what paradise was really like. Just one of two words would suffice.

taliter        (exactly like that – as we imagined it to be)

aliter          (different)

So when it came to pass that one of the monks passed away (ha! A double-pass 🙂 ), his friend couldn’t wait to dream of him. Sure enough, the deceased appeared to him in his sleep. And never said a word.

The sleeper waited for a long time, but at long last he blurted out,

Taliter?

No response.

The sleeper tried again…

Aliter?

This time the deceased began to open his mouth and formed two words, almost inaudible…

 

scroll…

scroll…

scroll…


TOTALiter aliter!

Well, what do you think? Is this a story with an open ending or not?

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Wrought Iron – Thursday Doors

Part of Norm Frampton’s photo challenge Thursday Doors.

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Odd Bull for COB

No, it’s not a typo for odd ball, although I hope this odd bull will pass as an odd ball for Cee Neuner’s COB photo challenge.

An odd ball reminds me of how very dumb I thought I was when I first encountered an *odd man* and took it (him) literally. When I was very young I chanced upon a paperback by Hans Jürgen Eysenck in England (possibly a translation, I don’t know if he wrote his works in German or English). The title was something like „Test Your Own IQ“, and I was curious. The result was that I didn’t have an IQ or rather a very low one. I didn’t feel very flattered…

Later, when I had access to a dictionary, I found out what „find the odd man out“ really meant. Actually, I had wondered about the author’s IQ, because he kept asking me for a man who wasn’t there! Not in this test, anyway. How very odd!

Now for this Icelandic odd bull and his hornless harem…

 

Any idea what the inscription means? Is it taken from a saga or an idiom? The part in the middle means „The man is in the shed.“ What man? Eysenck’s odd man? Could it be that one needs a very high IQ to understand the hidden meaning? If so, I’m out. 😦

Any suggestions welcome. 🙂

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Kennst du das Land?

Nein, es ist dieses Mal nicht Italien. Aber bis Kreta ist Goethe bekanntlich nie gekommen.

Part of Becca’s photo challenge Sunday Trees 291. Thank you, Becca.

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Zitronenbaum

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