A dragon?

Why not? Too strange? Perhaps not – wasn’t there a paranoid maniacal mango with delusions about trying to rule the world making headlines not so long ago? Exactly! Dragons then, not so far fetched…

A dragon’s skull

We planned to go for a long walk in the sunshine last weekend, choosing Sunday as the better sunny day. It turned out, meteorological magician that I am, we should have gone on Saturday. However, going on the slightly colder and misty day meant we had a dragon encounter all to ourselves, the beach being very empty. No visitors due to public health restrictions, or a well fed dragon? Seems clear to me.

Wary dog approaching the dragon

The following paragraph contains spoilers. A young reader I’ve been enjoying books with has recently taken to a series of “what if?” nature books. What if a rhino fought a hippo? Or a lion took on a tiger? A great hook to engage reluctant readers, with lots of photos, facts and figures to help us try and reach an answer. It’s the hippo, if you were wondering. No, really, the hippo! I won’t spoil the large cat one. Our favourite so far has been King Cobra vs Komodo Dragon. I backed the dragon. I was wrong.

What creature can defeat a dragon?

Anyway, I’ll be honest – in case you’re thinking is he losing it? – the dragon we saw last weekend wasn’t a real live dragon. Come on, when did you last see a dragon outside of Game of Thrones? No, this was a dead dragon, or the skull of a dead dragon. Evidence? Look at the photos for the evidence.

Close up – definitely deceased

I checked with my reading buddy, and we’re still learning, but it seems pretty clear to us there are dragon killing cobras somewhere nearby, and we’re going to be very watchful next time we’re out there.

Just the one and then an early night for you, OPC

A short post this week, as I clearly need to rest, catch up on sleep, and finish making my suit of armour.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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I am a would be outdoorsman - that is if I had more time, skills and knowledge. When I can, I love being outdoors, just camping, hiking, snowboarding, xc skiing, snowshoeing, paddling a canoe or trying something new. What I lack in ability, I make up for in enthusiasm and having a go. I'd never really survive for long out there in the wild, but I enjoy pretending I could if I had to...

15 thoughts on “A dragon?”

  1. Very entertaining, Adam! It made me think of a line from a song (Zepplin, maybe?), “In days of old, when knights were bold and magic filled the air…”


  2. Dear OPC,
    You’ve got me wondering what defeated Mr. Dragon, sort of like when I was just a little tyke pestering my dad with questions such as If the tiger fought a lion, who would win? Like you & your student there. Good god, I could use a dragon-fighting Ale today.
    Your humble servant…


    1. Dear Walt,
      These are important questions, and evidence of an imagination in good working order!
      I had a beer this past weekend that defeated me – one that not even a thirsty dragon would want to finish. More to follow…
      I hope all is well with you, and you’ve found time for a dragon-fighting ale.


  3. Impossible to argue with that opening statement and loved the “maniacal mango” description.😁 Wonderful photos of the dragon’s skull and quit scaring Scout. I know I wasn’t going to talk about the Premier League, but have to mention watching Kane’s last goal, win and Golden Boot with Tottenham (we won’t talk about Everton’s last match of the season). Need a Capitals win tonight!!


    1. Premier League? What’s that then? Maybe I’ll look it up, find a team to follow – I hear Everton is a pretty good outfit, and about to sign Harry Kane… ok, back to reality. The season is finally over! And well done, Kane. Pretty sure he’d love to sign for Everton. How long will Mourinho last at Roma? Two seasons?
      Right, off to check on the hockey, been ignoring the play offs so far. Are the Leafs still there?!
      Thanks, and have a great week!

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  4. Great fun to see your beach dragon, pc. And I definitely see the dragon, no doubt about it. I especially enjoyed hearing about your reading with your young friend and the “what if” books. What a fantastic way to introduce the joy of reading to a young person, with exciting stories and wild imagination. This really brought a sweet light to my day, thank you, pc.


    1. Thanks, Jet! Delighted this gave your day a little boost! Before taking on my current role, I’d always worked with middle school and junior high students, and still do, as well as from K – post secondary. I’d never considered teaching students younger than 11 or 12, but now find the K – 3 crowd so much fun. Mind you, I’m not in there all day every day!

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