Little People

I wonder what your first thought was when you saw my title?
Hubby sometimes describes children as Little People, but then again at Christmas he would always leave a tiny parcel of food wrapped in silver foil at the bottom of the garden for The Little People, so that would hardly be children in that instance. I was fascinated by his tradition, the parcel always being gone by morning without trace, and we would have a good following year.

Did you think of toys perhaps? I didn’t know but a well known manufacturer has a whole range of Little People which is extremely popular.
llittle-peopleAnd we have Celebrities, Movie Stars and TV personalities who are Dwarfs or Midgets (and I mean no offence or disrespect by using the latter).

Maybe you thought along the lines of probably the most famous Giant and the Little People of Lilliput.
gulliverOr do you remember The Borrowers?
borrowers 2 borrowers 3This was both a successful TV series and film. The attention to detail of familiar household objects used in ingenious ways by ‘Little People’ was brilliant and funny.
John Goodman was hilarious in the film version, and his comeuppance totally outstanding and well deserved!


But my post isn’t about any of those actually.

We are lucky in our mooring as apart from one other resident, boats this end of our pontoon are usually unoccupied most of the time. At the moment, we have a guy one from the end who’s at work all day, but we asked him to walk up and down outside our boat so that Maggie could recognise his footsteps, and thus wouldn’t alarm up and bark.
She’s also got used to him filling his coal scuttle around 8pm and doesn’t raise her head now even in curiosity.
Directly between us and him is a sweet little boat, smaller than ours, belonging to two retired academics. They are very nice, always sociable, and whenever they come down to their boat, they take it out, even if it’s just a short trip up river.

They are ‘normal sized’ people though, just shorter than us and very slight in stature.
However, Hubby and I have never met anyone more heavy footed than they.
We can hear them before they are even close to our moorings, can feel the pontoon wobble causing us to sway in rhythm to their footfall, and they are so noisy getting in and out of their boat, it sounds like there are twenty two of them, not just two!
Whereas we have a pull-back hatch that can tend to clatter sometimes and echo round the marina at night if we’re not careful, they have a pair of french style doors that they just step through into their seating area. To us that should make access easier, not more awkward, cumbersome, or loud!
Unfortunately Maggie reacts every time, and once she starts to bark, she will not settle until we let her out (and the heat) to see what’s going on!
maggie and cushionFrom her point of view, looking out the window sadly isn’t enough.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Little People

  1. ellenbest24 says:

    Maybe you could tape their noisy approach and find the right moment to play it to them… maybe over homemade sticky toffee pudding and salted caramel sauce accompanied by huge smiles and hygee… well maybe the Scandinavian lifestyle it’s going to far but I’m sure you get my drift (pardon the pun) 😇😉

  2. nanny15 says:

    Curious, is the boat lifestyle temporary or permanent? 🙂

    • This has been home since Juy 2014 and permanent at the moment. We love the life, and the friendships we’ve made . It’s nice to feel part of a community, and of course should we want to go on holiday up river, no packing!

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