Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Green Woodpeckers

When I was in Buxton I hurt my back badly and got diagnosed with something called ‘acute lumbago’; it’s better now but I’m still kind of addicted to my pain medication and it’s almost run out which isn’t that funny, but something rather amusing did happen as a result of me taking the medication.

I love overhearing little bits of people’s conversations.  When you don’t actively listen to something, the odd phrase that you do hear can sound very silly indeed.  For example, I was once walking past three of my dinner ladies at school and I heard one of them say to the others:

“And of course I STUPIDLY threw my shoes away before buying another pair…”

I laughed like a drain!

But my favourite ever overhear was at Buxton two weeks ago.  I was kind of drifting in and out of the conversation (I couldn’t help but overhear because they were speaking across a room to each other) and I heard a man say this:

“Everywhere I go, I see this pair of green woodpeckers…”

I’m not mocking the man who said it in any way because it actually made perfect sense in the context of the conversation, but due to me being completely loopy on pain medication I decided that this was the funniest thing I had ever heard in my life and I didn’t stop giggling for about twenty minutes, making Foofy very confused as he had no idea what I was laughing at.  I couldn’t help but picture this:

This would be all the funnier if he had been hallucinating the green woodpeckers and ended up having to get medical attention to fix it.  I hope that’s not actually the case or I’d feel very embarrassed.


  1. Love the pictures. Glad I am not the only one who listens in to other people.

  2. I love your pictures, sweetie! I really want to see the feature film they seem to advertise: 'Green Woodie 2: The Pecking.'

    For the record, I wasn't confused, and I thought the man was funny too. Only I didn't hear him say, 'woodpeckers' and thought that he was just marveling at how many green things there were in the world and how he saw at least two of them wherever he went.

    1. I think he said that afterwards but he was definitely talking about woodpeckers first! I think they reminded him of other green things that he had seen.

  3. I want to meet him! He should have continued adventures on your other blog posts.