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  • We were inspired by the blue moon to walk up the hill behind our house, even though it must have been about -1˚C. Me, my daughter and her boyfriend. Even though it was my idea by the time they arrived I had settled in front of the TV and didn’t want to venture out into the cold but they dragged me out and I’m glad they did.

    It is bit of a climb but worth the effort as we also got to see the lights of the city below. Hey look I said that must be Venus and pointed at something which then proceeded to move across the sky, or a plane I added. But we did find the southern cross, low in the sky this time of year. We must go out and look at the stars more often.

    Walking back home down the back streets I mentioned a quiz I had been watching on TV which asked which Bob Dylan song was his first top 40 hit in the UK out of Lay Lady Lay, The Times They are a Changin, or Like a Rolling Stone. The Times They are a Changin of course said my daughter. Then we started to sing some of his songs. My daughter is a fan of the early funny Dylan so we sang:

    Well, I set my monkey on the log
    And ordered him to do the Dog
    He wagged his tail and shook his head
    And he went and did the Cat instead
    He’s a weird monkey, very funky

    Dylan was very deep back then. To:

    Well, I don’t know, but I’ve been told
    The streets in heaven are lined with gold
    I ask you how things could get much worse
    If the Russians happen to get up there first
    Wowee! pretty scary!

    It’s great to have a daughter that loves Dylan as much as I do. We even went and saw him together last year at Byron Bay. A road trip and Dylan together — good times, something we will always remember. Which is probably the same for this walk tonight to see the blue moon. Something that we don’t do everyday and so will perhaps remember for ever.

    Thanks Hawkeye for the inspiration!
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