Wednesday, January 26, 2011

100 not out

Well would you Adam n Eve it, my one hundredth post as a blogger! It’s seems an eon since that first post back in September 2009 when this rotund Welshman decided, perhaps on a whim, to while away some time and introduce himself to the world of bloggers. Little did I realise at the time what an important part of my life those moments in front of a flickering monitor screen were to become.

Through this platform of communication I’ve had the pleasure to 'meet' many warm hearted and thoroughly decent people, to name a few would be churlish as you all have added to the tapestry of my life in some way or another. I’ve found support when times brought the cloud over my life but also shared joy as the silver lining appears. A few of you have become more than fellow bloggers and I feel a certain connection with these folks (if you don’t know who you are then I guess there’s no connection :-)) and have come to think of you as friends within my life. 

It’s strange to look back upon my early postings and how my blog has evolved and for this I thank each and every one of you. I can only hope that you all will continue to enjoy my ‘Musings’ as much as I enjoy sharing them and also sharing your many and wonderful blogs. It's your blogs that inspire me and teach me so much, not just about the outdoors but about the person I strive to be, for this I humbly thank you all. Also I'm truly gob smacked that so many of you deem my efforts worth the time to read and then to comment, truly amazing to me every time I log on - thank you all again (god I'm gushing).

There is one final thing to say and that is without one spirit this whole thing would have fallen flat upon its face, and that spirit is the best friend that I could ever have had upon the trails – Lucy aka the bog monster. She’ll always be a part of me and for the last nine years has helped shaped the person that I am. So I crave your indulgence and raise a glass with me, not to the hundredth post, no it’s just a number after all, but to Lucy, the one who made this possible.

 Your friend, John


2 Tramps said...

A lovely tribute to dear Lucy - such wonderful photos. Her smiles and eyes of wisdom are a sight to behold. Of course, we will be most glad to raise a glass here!

Murphyfish said...

Thank you 2T's, she certainly was one of a kind.

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Gorges Smythe said...

To Lucy!

bigcatdetective said...

Those last 2 pics especially show to me a dog that was very content with her lot in life.....

Diane-Sage Whiteowl said...

I too miss Lucy. Great pics and what a wonderful way to celebrating her life. Blessings...

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your 100th post John and I wish you many, many more!

(Now I must go and find a tissue to dry these cryin' eyes... That dang dog stole my heart...)

Le Loup said...

Now i'm missing her too dammit.

Damn The Broccoli said...

It certainly is a great tribute, Lucy's exploits certainly helped add to my desires to have a dog again!

But a new start to a new year with lots of new adventures with Willow!

First hundred have been excellent my friend, glad I found your blog and glad to be one of the inappropriately named 'Few'

Leigh said...

What a mile stone! Congrats on the 100th post and cheers to the gal that inspired us all! Rest her bless'ed heart.

Ian Nance said...

Congrats on the century mark!


The Suburban Bushwacker said...


The 'hun-gee' is a great moment in a blogs existence, you're no longer a beginner, and the google bots are sitting up and taking note. It takes some serious commitment to get this far, well done.

Stephanie and Dustin said...

Cheers to Lucy. She really knew how to take a photo. What a charmer. She stole our hearts as well.

moschops said...

A glass has been raised here to Lucy. A really beautiful tribute and gorgeous photos.

Keep up the great blog and here's to the next 100 posts!

Now you bugger, I need to find a hankie to wipe my eyes! AGAIN. :-)

megan x

Frugal Queen said...

Well done on the blog and thanks for the kind comments on my blog froogs xx

Shoreman said...

Afternoon John (afternoon in Northern California anyway). Congratulations on 100. A big milestone. And here's one for Lucy who will be missed, but never forgotten.


Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Congrats John, on your 100th post. I think that making it about Lucy is the most loving tribute you could give her. I enjoyed each and every picture and as my eyes welled with tears I realized I have missed her and your tales of the trails more than I thought. I love the picture of Lucy resting her head on the back of the car seat in the cruiser. Very sweet one and frame worthy. Oh....And I do understand the back seat mess. You are right - seat belts don't help there! Looking forward to seeing what you make.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, John, on a job well done with your blog. Here is too the next (100) posts about life in the outdoors over your way. Thanks for sharing the photos of Lucy, and, what a rush of memories it brought back for me.

Lucy was a very special dog and friend to all of us who have read your blog over the past times.

Murphyfish said...

All these wonderful comments, Mmmm where to begin – at the top I guess;-

Mr. Smythe,
Cheers - enough said,

She was indeed content with her life, thank you for dropping by.

Thank you so much, I don’t think that we’ll ever stop missing her over here.

Sorry me dear, didn’t mean to draw a tear. Thanks for the congrats, tis been quite a journey so far.

Knew you had a soft spot, thanks for the comment friend.

Ah up Damn,
Indeed, one door has closed and although Lucy’s not forgotten it’s now time for the warthog to add her own tales of the journey. Glad to have ‘met’ through the blogs, must have a beer together this year.

Hey Leigh,
Thank you me dear, here’s to the bog monster.

Thanks my man.

Thanks a bundle matey, ah still feel as though I’m on a learning curve.

Stephanie and Dustin,
She certainly seemed to have an effect for the better upon people, cheers.

Thank you for your kind words, sorry about the need for a hankie….

A pleasure me dear, you are quite an inspiration you know.

Hi mark,
Late morning at the mo here, thanks for the support and your right ‘bout ol’ stinky.

Thank you for the words, you do have a habit of hitting the nail on the head, oh and back seat mess should be a thing of the past after my next spell between the grind.

Hi Mel,
Ah the memories did come wit a flood and a tear as put them in this post. Hope that you’ll stop around for the next hundred.

To all,
Sincere thanks for your comments and words, without you I don’t think that I’d have managed 10 posts let alone a hundred.

John Gray said...

a blog that made me cry
a lovely tribute!
if you have time take a look at the john Barry tribute entry on my blog. His music was written im memory of his dog. it would go wonderfully with your photos

Deus Ex Machina said...

This is a beautiful tribute. I think that each of is dog person deep down inside.

Murphyfish said...

Hi John G,
Indeed a fitting piece of music - now if only I had the brains to be able to add it on my blog, doh!

Cheers my good man.

Fickle Cattle said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! And that dog is beautiful.

Murphyfish said...

Thank you, and yes she was a beut

Jennyta said...

What a lovely post. I have only just discovered your blog but your memories of Lucy triggered a few of my own about my Lucy who died a few years ago but still retains the title of the loveliest dog I ever had.

Murphyfish said...

Hi Jennyta,
Welcome to my humble musings, they sure do become more than pets don't they?