Saturday, 16 October 2010

Pobblebonks

I couldn't think of a better word to preface a typical napple note on this Saturday morning. For those intrigued by it, YouTube will supply an explanation, complete with sound, and for those not blessed with a curiosity gene, I can tell them it's another name for Banjo Frogs - inhabitants of Australia.

There are two reasons why Pobblebonks came to mind.
  1. A fellow student in my creative writing group chose to write a clever poem about them last Tuesday.
  2. For the past few days I have been croaking like a frog myself, thanks to a free gift of a bug-of-unknown-origin with which fate has seen fit to bless me.
However, as I am able to talk the hind leg off of a donkey* in Blogland, with no ill effects, I shall proceed unabashed.

My Dad's sketch fired peoples' interest last weekend, so I thought I'd post another today. It illustrates exactly the right sentiment, don't you think? A permanent smile always makes other people wonder what you've been up to, while they yearn for a little of the same medicine. Which brings me nicely back full circle to Jinksy Germs and Croaking Frogs.



* For another jolly jape on an equine theme, do take the time to go and see Dr FTSE who, I happen to know, has written a post guaranteed to make a horse laugh, or in my case, to make me laugh hoarsely...
Come to think of it, a doctor could be just what I'll need myself soon, if my symptoms worsen.

"Knock, knock!"
"Who's there?"
"The Doctor."
" Doctor Who?"

Sorry, folks, you can see I'm in a bad way when I'm beseiged by such thoughts...That padded cell looms closer by the minute. But before the men in white coats come to take me away, I'll just have time to give you the link to Sepia Saturday.

32 comments:

Poetry24 said...

We've been struck with the same bug, Jinksy. Getting past the worst now.

These sketches are wonderful. Love the motto.

Dave King said...

Super sketch.
You can tell me what you like about Pobblebonks, but you'll not shake my conviction of what it means!!

jabblog said...

The sketch is wonderful. I love the little dog peeking round the bunker.
Get well!

Unknown said...

Has a Lucie Attwell kind of look! Hope your froggy froat gets better soon.

Anonymous said...

I do hope that bug is going to crawl away and leave you in good voice soon.

What a wonderful cheery sketch! So, you have the arty gene, the cheerfulness gene and the curiosity gene. A rich inheritance indeed.

Maggie May said...

It is a lovely sketch. Artistic talent obviously runs in the family.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Anvilcloud said...

The hoarse may be galloping apace, but you're in good writing form regardless.

steven said...

jinksy i'm surrounded by people harbouring the same germs as you - three thousand miles away! i've been untouched . . . so far! get better soon. thankyou for sharing this clever drawing. clearly wit and talent are genetic! steven

tony said...

Your Dad's Motto Is The Perfect Prescription! Keep Smiling Lass!

Unknown said...

Cute as a button Jinksy, making me smile this morning. Too sore from the fall to do anything else. Have empathy for you with that bug. I have stayed away from crowds and the little grands so manybe I won't get it. He was a great artist for sure.
QMM

MuseSwings said...

I hope your froggy throat turns back into a princess soon! What a wonderful drawing! Thank you for sharing.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Love your father's sketch! What wonderful illustrations a series of these would have made for a children's book. Thanks for sharing.

Nana Jo said...

Love, love, love your father's sketches! I keep saying Pobblebonks out loud. Something very satisfying about the way it tumbles off the tongue. Thanks for that. I'm off to visit Dr FTSE now.

Get better!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Hot toddy at bedtime Jinksy - honey, lemon and whisky - Love the word pobblebonk and can think of several people who fit the description perfectly. Get well soon.

Erratic Thoughts said...

Wow, what a lovely sketch and those are words of wisdom...
I hope you get well soon...
Your creative writing can outrun any bug...:D

Friko said...

the sketch is jolly nice.
I have to admit though, that people with permanent grins frighten the life out of me.

Friko said...

I forgot to say sorry about your croaky throat, hope you'll soon feel better.

Susan Scheid (Raining Acorns) said...

Love that sketch and the accompanying post & title. May you feel better soon!

Unspoken said...

This made me think of the creatures of C.S. Lewis in Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Silly named things :). LOVE the illustration and your humor.

Marilyn & Jeff said...

Oh do hope that your feeling better soon and will have a smile on your dial as you certainly put own on mine! Loved viewing pobblebonks on youtube and I love the name ...pobblebonks. I want to use it in a conversation now ....the little child playing happily to himself sounding like a pobblebonk ....yes lovely word! Wishes for a speedy recovery.

Tattered and Lost said...

Wonderful sketch and thanks for adding a new word to my vocabulary. Now I just need to figure out a way to add it to a conversation!

Bernie said...

Oh I do love the sketch....hope you are feeling better soon Jinsky........:-) Hugs

Doctor FTSE said...

Yes, I hope your throat is on the mend, Jinksy. But to be recommended by you! That is indeed an honour. Or the Kiss of Death?

Your Dad was quite an accomplished artist. That's a cute golfer.

Pobble. What goes around comes around. When I was at school, the captain of the cross-country team was nicknamed Pobble. He had a habit of biting off the ends of polysyllables and adding them to other words, But he was a very fine runner. You can't have everything.

Meri said...

Hope you're getting your voice back. . . the talking one, I mean. The other's just fine. I'm laughing at your father's sketch because it reminds me how aggravated my ex always was when he came home from playing golf. As for me, I always played so badly I couldn't help but laugh.

Gabriele Agustini said...

I love that drawing!!
A really fun blog! Very enjoyable!!
Best,
gabriele

Carolyn Trafford Art said...

Whatever else is said - Pobblebonks is a great word - I love it.

Nancy said...

I love your dad's drawings! I hope you feel better soon - and that you don't have to go to the doctor. Fun post.

Christine H. said...

Hope you are feeling better and are able to avoid the looney bin. I wish your Dad had done a book of illustrations. I love this!

Anonymous said...

What a cute sketch! This little guy is so happy : ) This is my first visit to your blgs & i'll be back for sure. Thanks for stopping by mine : )

Dave said...

Haven't heard of 'Pobblebonks' before. Interesting. Very much liked your Dad's golfer picture. Hope you get over your 'greeblies' soon Penny :-) Dave

The Silver Fox said...

I absolutely love your dad's sketches! As a fan and researcher of comic strips from their inception until today, I can see that his artwork was a product of its time. Fascinating!

Mama Zen said...

What a great sketch!

Hope that you feel better soon!